Ingredients: Mackerel, olive oil, cucumber, chilli, carrot, salt, cloves, black pepper, laurel (bay).
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.
Matt (verified owner) –
Very meaty fillets, not as dry as the Nuri spiced whole mackerel but a bit fishier. These were eaten straight out of the tin, but I bet these would be amazing mixed with some red onion, a little kewpie mayo and some fresh herbs!
twa101 (verified owner) –
As always, Nuri seems to be a stiff tin to open as I popped it open to very little scent. This could be an office friendly tin. There were four whole fillets, tightly packed, and it was a bit tough to get the first one out, but they held together nicely. The inside of the fillets still had the ghost tracks of the spines and rib bones which would look nice if you wanted to make a spiffy looking plate. The oil had a nice auburn hued oil and had the usual suspected aromatics, carrot, pickle, chile, clove, peppercorn, & laurel. I was a bit worried with how well they stayed together that they would be bone dry. Fortunately, while the texture was quite firm, they had a good amount of moisture from the oil. Their flavor was well seasoned, and the spice blend really comes through with the mackerel being milder than sardines. There was even a hint of heat that lingered and as expected, the oil was great. You don’t have to slurp it down until it drips from you chin like I did, but don’t waste it.
newsletteracct (verified owner) –
This is one of my favorite tins I’ve tried in a while. The fish is beautiful, firm without being dry and breaks down into nice flakes. The spices come through and I polished off the whole tin way too quickly on bread and butter with quick pickled red onion and celery. Will absolutely be repurchasing multiples to keep this on hand.
samchakmakian (verified owner) –
These were delicious on a buttered English muffin with some kewpie mayonnaise and some green onions. If you’re familiar with the spiced Nuri sardine flavor profile, as I am, these will feel right at home. The fillets have the typical mackerel fishiness (not a bad thing!) and firmness that make them good to make a meal out of rather than eat straight out of the can.
Hream McDan (verified owner) –
Everything you already love about Nuri spiced oil, only with mackerel. Flavor-wise, this is brilliant. Spectacular spice with a cucumber and carrot slice too. The mackerel is firm and doesn’t absorb the oil in quite the same way as sardines, so you don’t get softened texture all the way through. Found myself wanting just a little bit more moisture in each bite, but honestly, this is still above average moisture compared to other mackerel I’ve had. Clearly high quality overall. While I might give Angelo Parodi’s ginger and chili pepper mackerel the slight edge over this tin, it’s still quite delicious and absolutely worth trying.