Portuguese Styled Fried Mackerel • Carapaus Fritos


This recipe is a perfect representation of a common portuguese meal, its delicious simplicity, just some boiled veggies and some quick fried small mackerel with a bit of flour to be more crispy, its pretty nice if i say so myself.

These are small mackerel, at least in Portugal they are not available all year round, so if you have just normal mackerel, you can still make this recipe, just be careful that you need to cook the fish a bit more, while these because they are small fry as fast as they get golden.

Also you if you dont know how to clean mackerel its super simple just ask your fish monger to do it for you hehehehe, naaa its easy if it still has its scales just brush them to remove the scares, cut their heads and open its belly and remove all the organs, pass through running water and they are done, ready to go, lets check the recipe.

Portuguese Styled Fried Mackerel • Carapaus Fritos

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Normal
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Classic fried small mackerel with sweet potato and green beans, a very common Portuguese meal.


  • Green Beans – 300gr
  • Sweet Potato – 2
  • Garlic – 3 Cloves
  • Olive Oil – A Pinch
  • Pepper – A Pinch
  • Salt – A Pinch
  • Horse Mackerel – 500gr (Small Size)
  • Flour – To Coat
  • Salt – To Taste (Coarse)
  • Oil – For Frying


  1. Start by washing the sweet potatoes, peeling and cutting them into chunks, also prepare the green beans by washing them and cutting the ends, cook them both in a pan with plenty of hot water and a pinch of salt, until tender.
  2. For these small horse mackerel, buy some from the fishmonger, then wash them well at home and dry them well on kitchen paper, season them all well with salt.
  3. Place some flour on a plate and put a frying pan with oil over medium heat until hot.
  4. Then rub the horse mackerel with flour on each side until they are well coated, shake the excess flour off and fry until the mackerel is golden brown, then remove and drain on some absorbent/kitchen paper.
  5. Finally, put the green beans and the sweet potato on a plate and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and very finely chopped garlic, mix.
  6. And that’s it, serve the horse mackerel with the sweet potato and green bean salad, enjoy!
Notes: A lot of times these fried horse mackerel are served with tomato rice (because its a bit tart and that combines well with the sweetness of the fried fish).

This recipe for Portuguese Styled Fried Mackerel • Carapaus Fritos was originally created on BakeAfter.com. Esta receita de Carapaus Fritos com Salada de Feijão foi publicada em português no Iguaria.com.


Per Serving: 524 calories; 30.2 g fat; 30.7 g carbohydrates; 31.5.3 g protein.

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