Quick review: This is the second Jose Gourmet product I’ve unfurled. At some $12+ I have to confess it sat for quite some time in my cupboard; it’s not particularly priced for regular eating, more of a special occasion. That cost of course reflects the quality sourcing this brand relies on. But what about the tasting, is it worth the premium?
To be clear, mackerel is a STRONG tasting fish. For those intimated, stay clear of this one. That said, this mackerel from Jose Gourmet has a very clean, not overtly powerful flavor. This won’t completely dominate every single ingredient on the plate, should you go with a more composed dish. Which is what I chose to do here.
A quick consult of the Flavor Bible suggested a melange of lemon, chickpeas, garlic would work well – and indeed it did. Again, like the sardines I sampled I can’t fault the product in terms of taste (and beautiful packaging), it’ll sadly just have to remain an irregular splurge at the price point.
Jose Gourmet Mackerel nutrition
Is Jose Gourmet Mackerel any good?
This is a very good tinned fish, perhaps the cleanest tasting mackerel in a can I’ve sampled. The price point though means it’s probably something you only reach for as a special treat.
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