King Oscar Mackerel Fillets in Olive Oil with Lemon


Lemon and fish, need I say more? OK, I will. Nothing cuts through the oil in the same way as citrus, it’s one of the world’s most firmly fixed pairings for a reason: lemon makes seafood taste better.

115g tin

Pictured on tabbouleh with cucumbers and tomatoes.

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Ingredients: Skinless and boneless North Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), olive oil, spirit vinegar, water, salt, concentrated lemon juice, natural lemon flavoring.

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  1. twa101 (verified owner)

    Like the other King Oscar mackerels, it doesn’t look very nice, but it had a nice light lemon scent and a good, medium texture and the milder taste that I’ve come to expect from mackerel. The lemon flavor came through well but was not as acidic as I was expecting. The lemon flavored oil mixture would work in making a vinaigrette for a salad or even to help sauté some diced vegetables. It would probably make a good mackerel salad for a sandwich if you mashed it up with some diced celery, onions, cracked pepper and some fresh parsley and dill.

  2. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    Better moisture & flavor than most other mackerel tins. If you’ve tried mackerel before and been disappointed (primarily on moisture/texture), you owe it to yourself to try King Oscar mackerel – it’s much better than what you’d expect at this price point. Texturally, this tin is what I always *want* a regular can of tuna to be but it never is … flavor is mild, flake is solid, and more importantly this fish is *not* dry sawdust. The KO mackerel moisture (and in general, honestly) is miles ahead of other mackerel I’ve tried.

    Lemon presence here is noticeable but not over the top. I always want a TON of lemon and while this isn’t a ton, it’s enough to give the thumbs up. Lacks a little salt but overall, it’s a very solid tin that definitely ranks as above average for mackerel. While my personal preference is the KO Mediterranean mackerel over this one, I will happily get this again especially at this price.

  3. Lauren Giunta (verified owner)

    Hream McDan said it best, King Oscar has “better moisture & flavor than most other mackerel tins”, in my opinion. I’m a KO mack babe through & through but this my least favorite of their tins. The lemon here is strongly flavored of rind oils & pretty strong. Not acidic in the slightest. Fish itself is excellent as usual.

  4. luke (verified owner)

    This was an interesting tin for me with things I liked and disliked. First, the Mackeral itself had a very light bite. I prefer a meatier mackerel with a touch more firmness. This tin was more like mackerel flakes than solid filets. That said, if I take this on its own terms, it was still terrific and was great served over some mashed avocado on a Wassa cracker, but wouldn’t be my first choice next time I crack open a tin of mack. There is a bit of natural lemon acidity, but there is also some added lemon flavor that adds a sort of chemical astringency that really cuts through the oiliness of the fish and adds a slightly bitter note to the whole tin. The flavor was more of lemon peel than juice. So that might be a plus for many and a negative for others.

  5. Keith Meyers (verified owner)

    Good for the price point, very moist which I enjoy. Obviously not as good as more expensive tins, but a really good substitute for tuna in my opinion. I personally wouldn’t eat it plain, but mixed into a sandwich or recipe it would be perfect. Will definitely get when I am running on a tight budget.

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