Horse mackerel is one of the fish kinds in its season in Turkey, so when I saw it at the supermarket, I couldn’t have left without buying a bag full of fresh horse mackerel (istavrit in Turkish). They were so fresh that I felt like a hungry cat and I was almost stuck in front of the fish stand! Fortunately the man cleaned them very fast and I took them home.
This fish is served fried in Turkey, but I cook it in oven. I don’t like frying as it is harmful and troublesome. Istavrit in oven is as tasty as the fried one, it is still crispy and you can have it as a snack every now and then.
The best part of this recipe is that it is very easy.
Preheat oven at 180c.
Mix ¼ extra virgin olive oil with half lemon juice and salt.
Oil the oven tray. Lay fish in it.
Spread the oil&lemon juice mixture on fish with a brush.
Cook it in oven for 35 minutes until there is no water in the tray.
Serve it with green salad.
Why Should We Eat Fish?
Fish contains vitamins B, A and D in high amounts and with protective oil acid it contains, it has good effects especially on cardiac health. Also, it is poor in bad cholesterol. With Omega 3 oil acid, it strengthens our eyes, protects from alzheimer, reduces the duration of brain ageing, and experts agree on that fish has a great effect on longevity. So fish is recommended to everyone at every age.
Do you think you eat fish often enough?