Spring Mackerel With Sour Grapes and Saffron Salsa

44 mins (prep 20, cooking 24)
15 ingredients
4 servings
This recipe comes from the Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores (Chicharros de Agraco com Molho de Acafrao). Fresh sardines and mackerel are favorites in the Portuguese cuisine and while fresh sardines are hard to find, mackerel are more readily available. Usually made in midsummer, the grapes used are sour because they are in the middle of their growing season and are thus immature -- you can substitute mature grapes, unless you have a vineyard nearby!The ingredients all speak of Portugal: fish, olive oil, saffron, garlic, onion, grapes.Traditionally, this is made in a casuela, an unglazed earthenware dish which will fry without burning ... you can substitute any heavy seasoned cast iron or non-stick pan. An unseasoned pan will ruin the wonderful cornmeal coating and skin of the fish ...We had this recipe at a restaurant in the Douro Valley, but this version is from Elisabeth Luard's "The Food of Spain and Portugal".Submitted for Zaar World Tour 5 (2009).

Categories:  <-60-mins , beginner-cook , seasonal , fish , kosher , free-of... , time-to-make , portuguese , european , easy , main-dish , gluten-free , lactose-free , inexpensive , summer , saltwater-fish ,
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Serving Size (31.66 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 137.18 Calories from Fat 133.29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.81g 91.11%
Saturated Fat 2.05g 40.93%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1309.43mg 218.24%
Total Carbohydrate 1.24g 1.66%
Dietary Fiber 0.07 g 1.09%
Sugars 0.59 g %
Protein 0.13g 1.08%
Vitamin A 3.04IU% Vitamin C 0.69mg%
Calcium 4.58mg% Iron 0.18mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
cornmeal, frying oil