Tinned Mackerel Salad with Lime and Coriander

Tinned mackerel salad with lime wedgeThis tinned mackerel salad with coriander (cilantro) and lime is a hint of Mexican inspired freshness for the summer – and packed with nutrition.

We sometimes eat tinned fish in sandwiches (check out my tinned mackerel sandwiches post). We often buy more than we need, however, and there’s usually a can or two lurking at the back of the cupboard. If you are the same – always aspiring to eat oily fish but never quite knowing what to do with it, this is the recipe for you. It’s really quick to make as it makes use of jarred antipasti and canned vegetables.

Child Friendly Salad

Tinned Mackerel Salad with Lime and Coriander

Do you have a small child? They can be quite definite about what they like, can’t they? My son is highly suspicious of anything that looks like a leaf, but adores broccoli. This salad is entirely leaf free, and the jalapenos are optional. Instead, I’ve used citrus to provide the flavour boost. I should probably buy shares in sweetcorn and tinned tomatoes, as we get through so many. If you quarter cherry tomatoes so they’re not a choking risk, they’re a perfect size for small fingers.

tinned mackerel salad on a plate with a lime wedge

Making the Tinned Mackerel Salad

I can’t remember who taught me the trick of soaking onion in lemon juice or vinegar to take the bite out of it but it works well. The onion still has plenty of flavour but it becomes mild enough to eat raw.

You can leave the janapenos out, stir them in, use them as garnish or chop them and mix them through – the choice is yours. Similarly, if you have a family member who doesn’t like cilantro/coriander, just serve it on the side or as a garnish so it’s easy to pick off. It’s such a versatile salad!

If you’re feeling cheap you could roast a pepper yourself rather than buying a jar. Just chop it and pop it in the oven on gas mark 5 for an hour – it requires very little attention. This does add to the cooking time though, of course. Conversely, if you’re feeling flush, you can use hot smoked mackerel fillets in place of tinned mackerel.

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tinned mackerel salad on a plate with a lime wedge
Tinned Mackerel Salad with Coriander and Lime
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A quick and easy salad made using tinned mackerel and mexican flavours

Course: Salad
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4 as a light meal
Calories: 309 kcal
  • 1 onion
  • 1 limes
  • 1 lemon
  • 15 cherry tomatoes Around 250g/8oz
  • 1 325g can sweetcorn 2 US cups
  • 1 390g can pinto beans approx 13 floz
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander/cilantro leaves
  • 4 tsp chargrilled roast peppers in olive oil
  • 2 cans mackerel fillets 125g/4.4 oz each
  • jalapeno slices (optional)
  1. Dice the onion. Place it in a mug or small bowl with the juice of one lemon and one lime. Leave to soak.

  2. Rinse and quarter the cherry tomatoes. Place them in the salad bowl. Open and drain the pinto beans and sweetcorn and mix them in. 

  3. Rinse and roughly chop the coriander, and mix it in. 

  4. Measure out the roast pepper and mix it in - if it comes in really big chunks you may want to chop it. 

  5. Drain the mackerel and add it to the salad along with the onion and lemon/lime mixture. 

  6. Add the jalapenos according to preference. Chop the remaining lime and serve on the side to squeeze over.

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