Eat Fish Live Longer

Eat Fish Live Longer |

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.

Eat Fish Live Longer |

Fırında Istavrit
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?


  1. says

    Bir de kraça ise tadından yenmez:))
    Yıllardır balık kızartmayı bıraktım, fırında da aynı lezzette ama daha sağlıklı oluyor.
    Ellerine sağlık Zerrin’ciğim.

  2. says

    Fish baked in the oven is one of my favourite ways to eat it. I have to admit that I do often fry it too, but I avoid deep-frying

  3. says

    I love fresh fish of all kinds. I have not had the opportunity to try Horse Mackerel but I have had several other Mackerel and enjoy the rich flavor.

  4. says

    I absolutely love that first picture, Zerrin! I love fish but I’ve never tried Horse Mackerel. I love your idea of cooking it in the oven instead of deep frying!

  5. says

    What a lovely simple fish dish. I love the image of you like a hungry cat at the fish stand. It is surprisingly difficult to get hold of decent fish in Ireland as we export such a large proportion of our catch, but mackerel is usually plentiful and cheap.

  6. says

    couldn’t agree more on the undervalued qualities of eating fish! like the perspective of the photos!

  7. Pufferfish says

    Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or the “good” fats.

  8. says

    Fish is a huge part of the Mediterranean Diet, and studies have proven that following the Med Diet (and eating lots of fish) will help you to live longer. Excellent post.

  9. erkin says

    Zerrin, horse mackerel in oven is absolutely more practical and healthier than in frying pan. All you have written about its benefits for health is true; yet not complete: It helps people live longer because of a few glasses of Rakı without which horse mackerel cannot even be dreamed of.

    Thank you a lot for your practical recipe.

  10. Baked Pork Chops says

    Yet another recipe which shows that some of the most easy to make things can be the most delicious ones!


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