Atlantic Mackerel

Scomber scombrus

Also Known As

Mackerel, Common mackerel, Boston mackerel, Caballa

U.S. wild-caught Atlantic mackerel is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.



Year-round. Some is sold fresh in domestic markets, but most is frozen and exported to markets around the world.


U.S. wild-caught from Maine to North Carolina.


Mackerel has a rich, pronounced flavor. For a milder flavor, cut out the outer bands of dark meat along the midline.


Soft, flaky, and moist.


Raw meat looks grayish and oily. When cooked it is off-white to beige.

Health Benefits

Mackerel is high in omega-3 fatty acids and is an excellent source of selenium, niacin, and vitamins B6 and B12.

Health & Nutrition

Nutrition facts

Serving weight 100 g (raw)
Amount per serving
Calories 205
Protein 18.6 g
Fat, total 13.89 g
Saturated fatty acids, total 3.257 g
Carbohydrate 0 g
Sugars, total 0 g
Fiber, total dietary 0 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Selenium 44.1 mcg
Sodium 90 mg

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