Fillets of Mackerel Stewed in Wine



  • Fillets of mackerel, 2
  • butter, 2 oz.
  • flour, 1 teaspoonful; rind of ½ lemon
  • salt, cayenne, pounded mace: 2 minutes.
  • Fish, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Port wine, two large glasses
  • Harvey’s sauce, 1 tablespoonful
  • soy and lemon-juice each, 1 teaspoonful: 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Mustard, 1 teaspoonful.


Raise the flesh entire from the bones on either side of the mackerel, and divide it once, if the fish be small, but cut the whole into six parts of equal size should they be large. Mix with flour, and dissolve the butter as in the preceding receipt; and when it has simmered for a minute, throw in the spice, a little salt, and the thinly pared rind of half a small fresh lemon, lay in the fillets of fish, shake them over a gentle fire from four to five minutes, and turn them once in the time; then pour to them in small portions a couple of large wine-glassesful of port wine, a tablespoonful of Harvey’s sauce, a teaspoonful of soy, and one of lemon-juice; stew the mackerel very softly until the thinner parts begin to break, lift them out with care, dish, and serve them in their sauce as hot as possible. We can recommend the dish to our readers as a very excellent one. A garnish of fried sippets can be placed round the fish at will. A teaspoonful of made mustard should be stirred to the sauce before it is poured over the fish.

Obs.—Trout may be dressed by this receipt.