Ingredients: Mackerel (Scomber japonicus), Organic EVOO, Organic Red Pepper and salt.
The terms “spiced” and “spicy” are used pretty much interchangeably in the tinned fish world, to mean two different things: with a hot pepper (or hot pepper flavor), and with cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper. There are many examples of both terms being used to mean both things.
We are so frustrated by how widespread this confusing inconsistent usage is that we’ve gone through our entire product line to correct the incorrect ones such that our description of “spiced” or “spicy” will always indicate which it really is, regardless of the packaging. “Spicy” = with hot pepper flavor. “Spiced” = with the cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper flavors.
fibersides (verified owner) –
By far, this tin is one of the cleanest and tastiest mackerel I’ve had. I am a big fan of mackerel. Sometimes a given tin of can get a bit strong tasting or include some slimy fat patches making the mackerel too strong, or requiring more preparation than opening the tin and going to town.
These are skinless boneless fillets which is a very common presentation for mackerel, and these mackerel are Scomber japonicus, or Pacific mackerel. In this case, everything is so clean and fresh tasting. The oil is a bright, buttery yellow, the fillets are clean to the point of sparkling.
These are spiced, piri-piri style. Here’s what I’ve noticed… If you take your time with this tin and go slowly the spice from the peppers will slowly build and it’s actually quite a nice effect.
In my opinion this tin is one of the best examples of its kind, and I highly recommend you give it a try.
twa101 (verified owner) –
Good clean smell and there were five double sided fillet portions that came out of the can rather easily. The texture was firm and a bit drier that I like but the oil made for a nice dipping sauce. The flavor was quite nice and while there were no visible peppers, the oil did have a slight pepper flavor and was seasoned well but it is not spicy. Overall, a nice mild tin of fish with sturdy fillet pieces that would look good on top of a salad.