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Mackerel Tomato Sauce Pita Pizza

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This mackerel tomato sauce pita pizza is full of flavor and comfort and is perfect as a last minute savory meal. It’s easy to make and you can top it off with shredded cheddar cheese, oregano and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Mackerel might not always be top of mind when it comes to lunch and dinner ideas, but made into a satisfying recipe like this one, you’ll want to come back to it time and again!

Once you try this recipe, you may find that you prefer mackerel when it is mixed into a pizza sauce. It is easily our favorite recipe for mackerel in tomato sauce.

Inexpensive and easy to make, it is perfect for a last minute meal. Just remember to keep some shelf stable tins of mackerel in tomato sauce on hand.

They will last a long time in the pantry and will come to the rescue when you have nothing planned.

We love to make these rather than rely on store bought pizzas or fast food.

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Ingredients in Mackerel Tomato Sauce Pita Pizza

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  • Pita Bread — Lebanese style pita bread is our choice for perfect thin crust style pita pizzas.
  • Mackerel — Our tinned mackerel was packed in tomato sauce. If you have mackerel that is plain and without tomato sauce, just add an extra half cup of marinara or pizza sauce to the recipe. You can also sub sardines in tomato sauce.
  • Pizza Sauce — or marinara sauce. The mackerel comes in tomato sauce, but we like to add more sauce to ensure the pitas will be covered in enough sauce.
  • Red Onion — you can use any onion, white or yellow.
  • Red Bell Pepper — any bell pepper color will work nicely.
  • Tomatoes — You can use any tomatoes you like, garden fresh, or cherry tomatoes sliced in half. We like the large slices of regular sized tomatoes.
  • Cheddar Cheese — shred some cheddar, we like marbled cheddar, but you can use whatever you have, mozzarella cheese is perfect also.
  • Parmesan Cheese — chip off a piece from an aged parmigiano reggiano block and use a cheese grater.
  • Oregano — adds a savory element that we love on our pita pizzas.
  • Garlic — we like to use one clove per pizza, but we like the strong taste. It’s optional, if you’re not a big fan of garlic you might want to omit this.
  • Hot Pepper Flakes — this will add a bit of spicy heat, you can omit the pepper flakes if you’d rather.
  • Olive Oil — cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is so nice to drizzle over top of pita pizzas after baking.

Optional Toppings — You can add sliced olives to this.

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Health Benefits of Mackerel

Mackerel is an oily fish and has a high amount of omega-3. It is high in protein and rich in vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.

What to Serve With Mackerel Tomato Sauce Pita Pizza

We love to serve mackerel pizza with Swedish pizza salad or any other salad, like regular house salad or asparagus cucumber tomato salad.

These salads are quite filling, and especially with Swedish pizza salad, we find that we only have a half a pita pizza each when we fill up on the low carb yet ultra satisfying cabbage salad. Half a pita pizza ends up being the perfect portion size, and we put the other halves away for the next days lunch.

Other tried and true standbys we serve alongside pita pizzas are spinach artichoke dip and a side of marinated olives.

Time Saving Tips

Make ahead your side dishes the day before to save time. I just love that we have our go-to side dishes for pita pizzas each time. It saves the guesswork and helps with planning ahead to make dinners smooth.

When you have classic sides that work perfectly, why not look forward to making them whenever you have pizza. That way, you know what to expect.

For us, it’s always cabbage pizza salad, spinach artichoke dip and a side of olives to go along with our pita pizzas. And if we don’t have time to make them all, that’s ok, sometimes we leave them out. But if we are planning with enough time ahead, then those are the standard recipes we follow.

You can prep the spinach artichoke dip and refrigerate it (covered) right in the oven safe dish that you will bake it in the next day.

Prep ahead the Swedish pizza salad the day before for a super convenient head start on your pizza menu.

You can begin to marinate your olives, or just use a nice quality pre-marinated style olives from a jar.

You can even mash your tinned mackerel together with the marinara or pizza sauce and keep the mix refrigerated in a covered bowl until you are ready to assemble your pizzas.

Storage Tips for Mackerel Tomato Sauce Pita Pizza

Tinned mackerel in tomato sauce is shelf stable and can be kept in your pantry for a year at least. Always check the expiry date on your tinned mackerel, but rest assured it has a long shelf life.

That makes it super convenient to have mackerel on hand for times when you are looking for an easy, healthy, tasty and budget friendly dinner, at a moment’s notice.

Mackerel tomato sauce pita pizza can be refrigerated for up to three days.
We don’t recommend freezing the pizza as the texture will change.

Try These Favorite Pita Pizzas

At our house, we rely on pita pizzas quite often. They are quick and easy, affordable, healthy, customizable and satisfy the whole family.

We take advantage of healthy ingredients that are stored in shelf stable cans or tins in our pantry at all times. For instance, we always keep artichokes, baby clams, mackerel and sardine tins in tomato sauce on hand so we can make the pita pizzas listed below.

Keep these stocked as well as some pizza regulars like cheese and sauce, and you can make healthy, easy and flavorful meals when you need them ready fast!

Forget about the grocery store box pizzas or takeout – you won’t need to when you have all of these different pizza options.

With our usual side of cabbage pizza salad, we fill up on healthy salad and take in less carbs. When we serve pizza salad, we rarely have the ability to eat more than half a pita pizza. We save the other half for lunch the next day.

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Mackerel Tomato Sauce Pita Pizza

Susan & Björn
Take advantage of the health benefits of mackerel in this easy and super satisfying pita pizza. Shelf stable tins of mackerel in tomato sauce are put to great use as a tasty and inexpensive last minute meal option. Melted cheddar cheese on top pulls it all together. Serve with Swedish pizza salad or a salad.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 628 kcal
Fiber 8 g
Carbohydrates 48 g


1 Baking Sheet


  • 2 Pita Bread, Lebanese style
  • 8 ounces Mackerel in Tomato Sauce, tinned
  • 1 Cup Pizza Sauce, or Marinara Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Red Onions, sliced
  • ½ Cup Red Bell Peppers, sliced
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Pepper Flakes
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced, Optional
  • 1 Cup Marbled Cheddar Cheese , grated
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, cold pressed extra virgin


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line an oven safe baking sheet with parchment paper. Place two Lebanese style pita breads on top.
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  • Empty contents of tinned mackerel in tomato sauce into a medium bowl. Add marinara or pizza sauce. Use a fork to mash the mackerel and combine well with the tomato sauce.
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  • Divide the mackerel tomato mixture among the two pita breads to cover completely.
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  • Add sliced onions and sliced bell peppers.
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  • Place your sliced tomatoes on top of the pizzas.
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  • Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese, hot pepper flakes and minced garlic over both pitas.
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  • Top the pizzas with the shredded marbled cheddar cheese and oregano.
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  • Bake in the preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to individual plates. Drizzle with olive oil.
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Calories: 628kcal Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 40g Protein: 38g Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 14g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 111mg Sodium: 2033mg Potassium: 912mg Sugar: 9g Vitamin A: 2447IU Vitamin C: 37mg Calcium: 677mg Iron: 5mg


The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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