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Mackerel Jalapeño Poppers



Prep Time:

5-10 mins

Cook Time:

20-22 mins

Mackerel Jalapeño Poppers


  • 8-12 Medium/Large-sized Jalapeño Peppers
  • 1 Can of Safe Catch Wild Mackerel
  • 8 oz. Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 1 C. of Your Favorite Shredded or Grated Cheese
  • Freshly Chopped Parsley & Red Pepper Flakes for Garnish

Tools you'll need

  • Fork
  • Mixing Dish
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Grill or Oven
  • Baking Sheet & Parchment Paper if using oven
  • Disposable Cooking Gloves (Optional)


  • If you’re using your oven, prep your oven to 400 or your grill or smoker to 350 degrees.
  • Next, prepare your Safe Catch Mackerel by opening the tin and flaking the fish with the oil until everything is combined. Add this mixture to your mixing dish.
  • Add in your cream cheese and use a fork to mash the cream cheese into the mackerel until both are evenly combined together. Add in your seasonings and set aside.
  • Before slicing each jalapeno in half, place your cooking gloves on. Then, slice each jalapeño in half and carefully remove the seeds/insides.
  • Set each jalapeño on a parchment paper-lined baking tray if using an oven OR on a tray or plate to transfer to your grill.
  • Use a spoon or your hands (I find this easier) to distribute your mackerel and cream cheese filling into each of the pepper halves.
  • If grilling or smoking, you can gently lay them on your grill or smoker and cook on low, until cooked to desired tenderness.
  • Generally, keep your grill or smoker at 250 – 300 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • If using an oven, add the peppers WITHOUT the shredded cheese to your oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until desired tenderness.
  • Remove poppers and top them each with your shredded cheese.
  • Return to oven for another minute or two until cheese is nice and melty.
  • Remove, let cool a bit, and top with your herbs + some red pepper flakes if you wish and enjoy them!


This recipe would be super easy to double for a large party or would be a great idea for an easy appetizer, too! Try dipping these poppers in Ranch Dip or buffalo sauce!

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