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Smoked Mackerel Salad with Apple and Bacon

Apple and Mackerel are a wonderful combination and bacon makes everything better so this smoked mackerel salad with apple and bacon has you covered!

Close up image of apple and smoked mackerel salad on a black plate

Smoked Mackerel Salad with Apple and Bacon.

I love this time of year and I love this recipe. This Smoked Mackerel Salad with Apple and Bacon is nothing more than a few good things that really work well together.

Of course, they have been given a little care and attention to make them sing.

Sure they could have all been thrown together.

However, things like reducing the apple juice with the ginger. Or lightly heating the mackerel under the grill are the little 1% things that make a huge difference to a plate of food.

I have spoken about my love for mackerel and smoked mackerel here before. As far as I am concerned there is no finer “fruit of the sea” than the mackerel.

You can keep your turbot and lobster.

Not because they are not great but because I prefer the frugal and unbelievably tasty mackerel. Sadly fresh mackerel is hard to come by here in landlocked Hungary. But fortunately, the smoked fish is much more abundant.

As a result, smoked mackerel recipes appear rather regularly here on Krumpli.

It is wonderfully diverse, I even have another salad featuring it in this smoked mackerel salad with mango. But stretching further afield, we also have a smoked mackerel kedgeree and smoked mackerel pasta.

Tall image of a bacon, apple and smoked mackerel salad on a black plate taken from above

Main Course Salad Recipes.

I have mentioned several times before that I do not consider a salad to be a pious way of eating.

They are a lighter way of eating but they should still be hearty and filling.

They are also not just a summer recipe, this particular main course salad is stuffed with autumnal ingredients. 

Summer main course salads use fresher ingredients like my ham and cheese salad with pickled peaches

They are even a viable winter meal as this mung bean and carrot salad demonstrates.

Close up smoked mackerel salad with shallot rings and bacon batons

Cooking As Seasons Change.

This is a very strange time of the year as a recipe developer, it is the height of summer. In fact, the mercury has topped 40°C (104°F) a couple of times this week and I am loving the salad recipes this year.

However, the fact that this smoked mackerel salad was shot as lunch before heading to the opening game of the 2017-2018 football season indicates it is nearly time for that change.

I have already been working on and developing late summer early Autumn recipes.

I have an absolute cracker of a pork chop recipe with blackberries heading your way at the end of the month.

Fortunately smoked mackerel and indeed all smoked fish spans all seasons.

So you should expect many more smoked mackerel recipes in the coming months.

Apple and Mackerel are a wonderful combination and bacon makes everything better so this smoked mackerel salad with apple and bacon has you covered!
Yield: 2 Servings

Smoked Mackerel Salad with Apple and Bacon

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Classic combinations are at the heart of this smoked mackerel salad, a light main course salad featuring bacon, apple and smoked mackerel. All wrapped up with a fruity vinaigrette.


  • 100 g Bacon
  • 40 g Bread
  • 300 g Smoked Mackerel Fillet
  • 35 g Banana Shallot
  • 50 g Ginger
  • 150 ml Apple Juice
  • 50 ml Rape Seed Oil
  • 1 Handful Salad Leaves,
  • 1 Apple


  1. Cut the bacon into batons.
  2. Dice the bread into 1cm cubes.
  3. Finely slice the shallot into rings.
  4. Grate the ginger.
  5. Peel and core the apple then slice it into wedges.
  6. Take 50ml of the apple juice and add 15g of the grated ginger, mix and set aside, this will form the marinade for the apple.
  7. In a small pan add the remaining 100ml of apple juice and 35g of ginger and boil over a medium high heat until reduced to 25ml.
  8. Then take the reduced apple and ginger syrup and pass through a sieve to remove the ginger.
  9. Whisk this syrup with the rape seed oil, add salt to season as required and the shallot rings and set aside, this will form our dressing.
  10. Preheat your broiler to high and fry off the bacon and croutons until crispy and golden.
  11. Gently tease the mackerel fillets from the bone if you have a whole smoked mackerel.
  12. Place the mackerel fillets under the broiler and heat just a little, you don't want to cook but just to soften the fats.
  13. Now we are ready to serve, place the salad leaves on the plate and then add the rest making it as pretty or scruffy as you like before drizzling over the dressing!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1144Total Fat: 76gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 53gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 1108mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 5gSugar: 23gProtein: 68g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Tracey Gibbs

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Not only a fellow smoked mackerel lover but an ex Brummie ! really happy I found your site and my stockpile of reduced mackerel is coming out tonight to create this . Sounds brilliant and fingers crossed will win over the Mr with allotment apples

thanks Tracey

Brian Jones

Thursday 25th of July 2019

Hey Tracey... I'm glad you found my site too, there are a 'few' smoked mackerel recipes knocking around here, I hope they tick all the boxes :)


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Recipe sounds delish going to have it for lunch tomorrow. How long do I need to marinade the apples for?

Brian Jones

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Just as long as it takes to make the recipe... You can do it longer if you wish but it gets enough flavour for me after 15 minutes :)


Edyta at Innocent Delight

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Oh man! This is so up my alley. I grew up eating smoked mackrel and love it! I wish my husband was on the same page :)

Brian Jones

Thursday 17th of August 2017

It took me a while to get my wife to love it too but now she is very much a fan :)

Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

My gosh, my husband loves smoked mackerel, though I admit I am less fond myself. I think this salad would win me over though!

Brian Jones

Thursday 17th of August 2017

It's definitely a good one and the sweet flavours really compliment the very strong flavour of the fish which many can find a bit 'shouty'.


Tuesday 15th of August 2017

I have never had smoked mackerel but I am huge fan of smoked fish! I'll have to see if I can find some here as this salad looks fantastic!

Brian Jones

Thursday 17th of August 2017

Thank Beth, I hope you can find it, it is typically very cheap and always really tasty.

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