Easy Japanese Recipes

Grilled Mackerel (Saba Shioyaki) 鯖の塩焼き

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Today I want to share a very quick and easy grilled fish recipe.  Grilled Mackerel or Saba Shioyaki (鯖の塩焼き) is one of the more popular seafood dishes served as an entree or part of a bento combination in Japanese restaurants here in the U.S.

Before I continue with the recipe, I want to apologize for being absent here for more than a week and I’m very sorry for not being able to respond to your messages and questions.

I was planning to take a short break from blogging while my children are on spring break this week.  But before I had a chance to give a vacation notice on my blog, my daughter got pretty sick for several days.  Before she got fully recover, I ended up getting sick from her and followed by my son.  Therefore I needed a little bit more time off to get fully recovered and take care of my son.

During this time my blog has actually moved for 4th time to a dedicated server, and hopefully this should resolve server load issue.  Once again, I apologize for my late responses and I will get back to you as soon as I get better.

Meanwhile please enjoy this delicious Grilled Mackerel recipe.  Take good care everyone and enjoy the spring weather!

Grilled Mackerel | JustOneCookbook.com

Grilled Mackerel (Saba Shioyaki) Recipe
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Serves: Serves 2
  • 2 fillets of mackerel (saba)
  • 2 Tbsp. sake
  • Salt
  • Grated radish and soy sauce for garnish
  1. Rinse the fish under cold water and then quickly run the fish in a bowl of sake.
  2. Pat dry with paper towel.
  3. Generously salt both side of the fish and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. ).
  4. After 20 minutes… you should see the fish expel water, which makes the flesh denser.
  5. Wipe off any excess moisture on the fish.
  6. Preheat the toaster oven to 400F (200C).* Place the fish skin side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper (spray or brush oil so it doesn't stick). Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  7. Grate a piece of daikon using a coarse grater (the one with circle holes). Serve the grilled mackerel with grated daikon on the side. Pour a few drops of soy sauce on grated daikon before you eat. Enjoy eating the combination of the fish and grated daikon together.
*Bake for 25-30 minutes without preheat.


Grilled Mackerel | JustOneCookbook.com

Posted in: 30 Minutes Or Less, Easy Dinner Ideas, Healthy Recipes, Quick & Easy, Seafood

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  • Jeannie April 4, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Hi Nami, so sorry to hear about your poor health, hope you are recovering well…meantime, your mackerel certainly looks very delicious and nicely grilled:)

  • Chef and Sommelier April 4, 2013, 11:37 pm

    Hi Nami! Health is very important… more than anything else. Take good care of yourself and your kids!

    Grilled Mackerel is what I would always order in a Japanese restaurant. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 4, 2013, 11:46 pm

    I’m glad you’re healthy now. I was quite sick through my last weeks in San Francisco, I must say I hate to be sick. And also a fresh fish is only one of many things I’ll miss while I’m back in Europe. Your recipe looks delicious. Hugs from Berlin :)

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen April 4, 2013, 11:50 pm

    I always enjoy your fish recipe. This one is amazing.
    And I love the dish you used for the picture :)

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker April 5, 2013, 12:54 am

    I love grilled mackerel! I always order this when I’m dining at a Japanese restaurant. Thanks for sharing your recipe and I hope you recover soon! Take care.

  • Jayne April 5, 2013, 12:59 am

    Awww… so sorry to hear about you and your little ones being sick. Hope you get better soon! :-)

  • kat April 5, 2013, 1:03 am

    glad you guys are feeling better!

  • Fern April 5, 2013, 2:18 am

    Love saba, though I’ve always bought the frozen ones. Mackerel seems to be seasonal over here, but will try it when I find it! Hope you feel better soon! Baking is usually quite therapeutic :)

  • Jenny April 5, 2013, 2:34 am

    wow that looks good Nami. I love smoked mackerel pate, but I haven’t managed to cook fresh mackerel, to my shame. But this recipe has inspired me. So sorry you’ve all been sick. The only thing worse than having sick children is being sick at the same time – what a horror! Hope you are all well again!

  • Bam's Kitchen April 5, 2013, 2:36 am

    Nami-san, I hope you and your family is on recovery soon. I know kids love to share everything, including their germs. Your Saba Shioyaki looks delicious. I have not had this dish since living in Japan. I love, love, love that pottery dish! I know you are in a tough spot with your site getting so many hits. Is it time to move to your own dedicated server, that sounds expensive… My hubby is in Yokohama right now for one more day, do you have any culinary needs or something you need while he is there? Take care, BAM

  • Liliana Tan April 5, 2013, 2:47 am

    So sorry to hear you and kids were sick and wish you all get well soon.
    Like grilled mackerel so much, tasty! Thanks for sharing.

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 3:48 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Liliana! I really hope to get better soon. It’s not fun to be sick and take care of sick kid… :) Thank you for the well wishes!

  • Belinda @zomppa April 5, 2013, 2:59 am

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Mackerel is so good for you – this looks so tasty!

  • Muna Kenny April 5, 2013, 3:14 am

    Hey Nami, please take care of your health, and I hope that you’re already feeling much better.
    This fish looks well grilled and delicious, I love the smell of grilled fish, and might just ask my family to do some grilling outdoors coming weekend :)

  • Hotly Spiced April 5, 2013, 3:34 am

    I have been wondering where you have been Nami and I’m so sorry to hear you and your daughter haven’t been well. I hope you are now all well and fully recovered. What a spring break! I do hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy some down-time xx

  • Nandita April 5, 2013, 4:38 am

    Just loved that plate Nami!! Wonderful styling as always :)

  • Vicki Bensinger April 5, 2013, 4:39 am

    I have never had makereral before and I know I just spelled it wrong but going backwards on my iPhone will lose my post sometimes.

    I hope you all get to feeling better. How well I remember passing sickness around in my house. Sounds like your hubby is next in line. I hope not. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure April 5, 2013, 5:08 am

    I know how it is to get sick from what kids bring from school (kinder garden in my case). Hope you are feeling well now. We are still waiting for spring here..hope it will come soon.
    Love your photos and the recipe sounds amazing.

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 5, 2013, 5:32 am

    Lovely mackerel pictures…Congrats on Babble’s 100 Mom’s blogs!!!!

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 3:49 pm

      Thank you so much Denise! :)

  • Kimmi April 5, 2013, 6:09 am

    I’m glad to hear that your family is recovering — stay healthy!!

    This recipe looks very easy to follow, and I’m looking forward to getting some fish at the local market this weekend. I’ve never had grated daikon before (only boiled in soups and stocks), but it looks like it would be a refreshing pairing with saba. Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 3:58 pm

      Thank you Kimmi! I’m trying my best to recover during this weekend before school starts next week… Oh the grated daikon is a wonderful addition and I hope you will give it a try – it works with mackerel, sanma (pacific saury), salmon… all kinds of grilled fish. :)

  • Orchidea April 5, 2013, 7:25 am

    This dish looks really good, I love fish and I am looking forward to try it.

  • AnnaEA April 5, 2013, 7:27 am

    This is one of my favorite dishes. It’s so fast and easy.

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 3:59 pm

      Thank you AnnaEA for your comment. Yes, it’s fast, easy, and delicious. :)

  • Kate@Diethood April 5, 2013, 7:29 am

    Awwww, Nami, I hope you are all doing well!!! My kids have been sick on and off this entire winter… poor babies.

    If there’s anyone that can make fish look good on a photo, that is only you, my friend. Gorgeous!

  • Ramona April 5, 2013, 7:37 am

    I have only eaten mackerel out of a tin. This looks really wonderful. :)

  • Veronica Cervera April 5, 2013, 7:51 am

    This is one of my favorites fishes. Love it in sushi too.
    I finally moved my “kitchen” to a new virtual home, and going crazy with the lasts touches.
    Have a great weekend,

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking April 5, 2013, 8:01 am

    Aww I hope you all are on the way to recovery! We both get sick almost at the same time and I know how stressful and tiring is to watch sick kids. Sending you and your kids virtual healing hugs!

    I love mackerel and you did such a great job making it so delicious! I truly love your pictures..they are making me hungry!

  • wok with ray April 5, 2013, 8:12 am

    I love the simplicity of this delicious dish. I hope you and the kids are feeling better now. Have an enjoyable weekend!

  • john@kitchenriffs April 5, 2013, 8:20 am

    So sorry you’ve been sick! I hope everyone is feeling better. And congrats on the new sever – that means you’re getting tons of traffic, yes? :-) Love this dish – it doesn’t get any easier to make than this! I rarely eat mackerel for some reason – I should have it more often. Really like the idea of serving it with the daikon radish. Good stuff – thanks.

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen April 5, 2013, 8:58 am

    Glad to see you back and feeling better. So sorry you and your kids got sick, it’s never easy! But this grilled mackerel is such a healthy dish. We tried something like this in Tokyo and I’ve been meaning to ask you how to do it. This post is perfect and didn’t realize it was so easy. Welcome back and thanks for sharing, Nami!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 5, 2013, 9:03 am

    Your mackerel looks so tasty and I love that serving plate. Hope you are all feeling better!

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen April 5, 2013, 9:19 am

    I’m happy to see you back Nami but so sorry to hear you and your daughter were sick :( You’ve done so much in the past week! Travel, sickness, AND moving your blog to a new server. I hope things settle down for you soon. I love the simplicity of this fish. It looks wonderful!

  • Reem | Simply Reem April 5, 2013, 10:02 am

    I hope you all are doing ok now! The season change has been crazy everywhere, my boys are too not well. It’s nice you took a small break, you know how sometime we need it.. BAdly!
    Anyways gal this fish looks fantastic and that plate LOVE IT!

  • Rosa April 5, 2013, 10:08 am

    That looks fantastic! Mackerel is such a tasty fish.

    I love your pretty plate.



  • Lail | With A Spin April 5, 2013, 11:14 am

    Sorry to hear about you and the kids. Hope you guys fully recover soon. Take good care.

    I’ve had grilled Mackerel and it’s delicious. Love that plate of yours.

  • A_Boleyn April 5, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you and the little ones all got sick but it’s great that you’ve all recovered. Mackerel … not one of my favourite fish due to its very fishy taste but the recipe looks attractive.

  • Nobuko April 5, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Hi Nami,
    Thanks for the recipe. My family LOVES grilled saba so I make it whenever I can find it in stores. BUT … there is a serious lack of this fish on the east coast. We rarely get any and if so, it’s frozen in a supermarket! Too bad – a super food!
    Take care.

  • Minnie April 5, 2013, 3:29 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear you and your kids took ill. The season has been fraught with flu. My son is still recovering, his 6th day of fever. Hope everything is back to normal soon. The Mackarel looks tender and flavorful.

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 11:02 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Minnie! My daughter had a high fever for 3 days too, and my son and I also had fever. I hope your son will recover soon and take good care.

  • yummychunklet April 5, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Tasty looking mackerel! Yum1

  • Rachel April 5, 2013, 3:50 pm

    I hope that you’re feeling better now!
    Thanks for this easier recipe, it’s good after a long day at work!
    I was wondering what kind of sake you use, regular sake, or mirin? I know mirin is generally used for cooking.
    Thanks again for sharing!

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 11:05 pm

      Hi Rachel! I use Gekkeikan, regular sake. Mirin is sweetened sake, and we use it a lot for Japanese cooking. For this recipe you just need regular sake. I wrote a little bit more about sake here.


      Hope that helps. :)

  • Monica April 5, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Hope everyone is feeling well now!

    This grilled mackerel recipe looks delicious. I love how you break it down and make it seem so easy and do-able for us!

  • Kristy April 5, 2013, 7:01 pm

    This grilled fish looks delicious Nami! I should get a toaster oven. My in-laws have one and when we stayed with them I used to use it all the time during the week for easy dinners. This mackerel looks like one we would all enjoy too.

    I do hope you’re feeling better quickly. It’s never fun to have sick kids, but even worse when you end up sick yourself. I hope you’re all up and running in no time. Hugs to you all!

  • Eha April 5, 2013, 8:13 pm

    Great easy fish recipe to follow . . . Namiko-san: please look after yourself – we will be here when you are fully healthy again :) !

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words Eha. I’m trying my best to recover soon. Thank you again!

  • Nazneen|Coffee and Crumpets April 5, 2013, 9:50 pm

    Hope you and your children are feeling better. The fish looks fantastic and from a toaster oven no less! I love those things.


  • Lily April 5, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Hello Nami.

    Sorry to hear that your family are not well but I’m glad that everyone is recovering. Tried and tested this is delicious!

    Thank you again for a great simple recipe.


    • Nami April 6, 2013, 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Glad to hear you enjoy this recipe! Thank you for your feedback. :)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover April 5, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Don’t worry Nami, take your time, always family come first. You know what, we are going to celebrate my son Birthday at a Japanese Yakitori restaurant later tonight, and one of our favourite dish is this grilled Saba, they grill it over charcoal fire, it is super yummy. Anyway, your grilled Saba look equally good!

  • Mich Piece of Cake April 6, 2013, 2:12 am

    I hope your family is all feeling better now, Nami. Thanks for sharing this. We can easily buy this fish and all I know is to squeeze lemon onto it… now I can try it with your recipe.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 6, 2013, 2:50 am

    More gorgeous food but good grief take care of yourselves. You only have one you. We love you. Spring break is a tough time to be sick for you or the kids.

  • CCU April 6, 2013, 3:01 am

    I hope you are feeling better my friend! Recover soon!

    Beautiful looking fish today!


  • TheKitchenLioness April 6, 2013, 7:04 am

    On Nami, I do sincerely hope that you and your family will feel much better very soon! Your dish looks so delicious on that breathtakingly pretty plate that you served this on. Mackerel is actually a fish that can be easily found around here, it is so healthy and delicious but I certainly never enjoyed it the way you prepared it – this recipe sounds fabulous!
    Wishing you all the speediest of recoveries!

  • suki April 6, 2013, 9:26 am

    I wish you fully recovering very soon, and coming back to your enthusiasm as always . and I do have a question, I can’t consume sake , what should I substitute it with ?

    • Nami April 6, 2013, 11:10 pm

      Hi Suki! Thank you for your well wishes. I’m hoping to get well soon.

      If you don’t consume sake, you can simply omit. It doesn’t make a HUGE difference. I always like to treat the fish with sake before cooking to get rid of fishy smell, but you can simply omit that extra step. Hope you enjoy this dish! :)

  • Rhonda April 6, 2013, 9:57 am

    This looks delicious! I am glad everyone is feeling better.

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce April 6, 2013, 10:00 am

    Having a blog is having a commitment and it needs dedication, but first of all, we are mothers and our kids are the most important thing in the world.

  • carol | a cup of mascarpone April 6, 2013, 10:48 am

    Sending good thoughts your way that you are all feeling better, Nami! The grilled mackerel is lovely and the photos are gorgeous!!! Have a beautiful Saturday!

  • Liz April 6, 2013, 5:00 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry you’ve all been sick, Nami! Hope you’re on the mend. And, again, I’m sorry to hear about your server woes…what a pain. Your mackerel looks fantastic, my friend. Take care!!!

  • Henny April 6, 2013, 10:38 pm

    Take care and get well soon. I love Saba shioyaki. Will try to make this soon

  • Lf April 7, 2013, 1:28 am

    Hi, Nami,
    Hope you and your kid get well soon. Another mackerel fish recipe , I like it, I will try it since I can buy this type of fish in Malaysia easily. Now i have another new menu for my dinner.
    Thanks .

    • Nami April 7, 2013, 8:59 pm

      I hope I get better soon too. Thank you so much for your well wishes. :) Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  • Raymund April 7, 2013, 1:33 am

    I am always impressed with your posts, simple things like this becomes really nice. You know how to make things delicious and beautiful

  • Sissi April 7, 2013, 9:36 am

    Nami, I hope you feel a little better now. Even ill, you somehow still manage to post regularly such wonderful dishes! You are incredible! I love the way you treat the mackerel: so simple and yet so delicious. I only prepare mackerel with miso, but now that it’s warmer, grilling seems a much better option. And I like mackerel so much! Take care!

  • dedy oktavianus pardede@Dentist_Chef April 7, 2013, 12:23 pm

    it’s simple, easy, ealty and yet tasty!
    great pictorial Nami…

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice April 7, 2013, 1:25 pm

    This is one of my favorite fish dishes. So delicious & so easy to prepare. Hope you are getting some quality rest & get well soon, Nami!

  • Jenn and Seth April 7, 2013, 2:42 pm

    hope you and your family all recover soon!
    this is a lovely dish, I bet it is fantastic tasting!

  • Balvinder April 7, 2013, 4:03 pm

    I never had viewing your post. sorry to hear you and your daughter were not keeping well for few days. I am glad you both are well now.
    Mackerel looks wonderful.

  • Daniela April 7, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Hi Nami,
    so sorry to hear that you and your daughter were not feeling well. Hope that you are fully recovered by now.
    Love the recipe, it’s fresh and light and looks delicious!

  • mjskit April 7, 2013, 7:46 pm

    Nami, I hope you and your kids are feeling better. Sorry everyone was sick during spring break or anytime for that matter. What a great way to cook mackerel. I’ve had mackerel before, and this looks like the tastiest of all the recipes I’ve tasted – and it’s easy! Makes it even better. Thanks for sharing!

  • Baby Sumo April 7, 2013, 10:14 pm

    This is also a very popular fish dish in KL. Hubby likes it. I hope yr daughter is feeling much better and tht u enjoyed your holidays.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 7, 2013, 10:22 pm

    Love this! Jason’s mom makes this all the time and it’s the best. Although Jason has to be the one to take out the bones – I’m the worst at that!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet April 7, 2013, 11:00 pm

    This is my father’s favourite Japanese dish Nami ;) i didn’t know it was so simple to make hehe ~

  • Lynna April 8, 2013, 12:01 am

    I hope everyone gets better soon~ This grilled mackeral looks delicious, yet, it`s so simple to make! :D

  • Jim April 8, 2013, 1:29 am

    Hi Nami,

    Glad to hear you are well.
    Just to ask you how do you fillet the saba fish if you buy it whole. In Singapore we purchase them whole and I find it difficult to debone them. This would be a new receipe as I marinate my saba with soy, sugar and bonito flakes and mirin (for the shine)


  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen April 8, 2013, 2:55 am

    Love this simple recipe. Glad to hear you are recovering well. I missed your new post. :D
    By the way, where did you get the plate? It’s very nice. It suits very well with the food served on top.

  • Adrian (What the Heck is Filipino Food) April 8, 2013, 4:51 am

    Ah no Nami, hope you and the kids are alright. You are one stellar mum taking care of everyone and dealing with server issues AND giving us this amazing recipe. Best.

  • Asmita April 8, 2013, 6:11 am

    Hi Nami,
    Hope you are feeling better. The fish looks so fresh and delicious. Perfect way to cook and serve fish. love it.

  • Alyssa April 8, 2013, 6:16 am

    Aww, I’m so sorry to hear about you guys being sick! We just dealt with that this weekend and I’m starting to feel it now too:( But I love a simple grilled fish. Yours looks perfectly cooked! And beautiful photos, as always!!!

  • Shema George April 8, 2013, 9:23 am

    Nami, hope you all feel better soon- We also eat a lot of Mackerel back in India. This recipe is very new to me. Will definitely try it out. Love the bowl you have used!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 8, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Nami, this mackerel looks so delicious and so easily prepared! I love that your tutorials for even the simplest dishes are so thorough. Great job, and thank you for sharing! Have a lovely week!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 8, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Nami, I always feel like you and I have some sort of food connection because when I eat something Japanese and want to know the recipe, you have the recipe here! I recently ate mackerel at a Japanese restaurant and it was superb but I was just saying to my friend that I’ve never cooked it. Now I can! :D

  • Amy (Savory Moments) April 8, 2013, 4:45 pm

    I love simple, fresh grilled fish. This looks really lovely. Hope you and your family are feeling well now!

  • ChopinandMysaucepan April 8, 2013, 5:49 pm

    Dear Nami,

    This together with sanma are one of so many of my favourite Japanese recipes. I normally grill saba skin side up on a chargrill (heat from top) so the skin is slightly seared and crispy and also any excess moisture will drip off the grill. Is there any reason that you grill it skin side down?

    Also, I need a squeeze of lemon juice onto the fish once it is ready. Is that a Japanese tradition or simply an addition by some Japanese restaurants?

    • Nami April 8, 2013, 10:54 pm

      Hi C&MSP! I learned from my mom (and it’s actually common Japanese cooking term) that we have to cook 魚身鳥皮. I assume you can read Chinese, but it means for fish we start cooking from flesh and for chicken we cook from skin. So when I place fish in a fish griller (in Japan we have a special broiler for fish under the stove top), we always face the fish flesh to the heat source first. So I do the same for toaster oven.

      Another reason is that the flesh tends to stick on aluminum foil. I have oiled the aluminum foil before to see if it helps, but it still sticks (maybe wire rack may help). Saba skin has natural oil like you said and it prevents from sticking when the skin side is down (and I do not put oil at all). The skin gets crispy too but won’t be easily burn when it’s on the bottom.

      So those are my two main reasons why I put skin side down. :)

      Oh, lemon is sometimes served with the fish, but not always. However, daikon oroshi (grated daikon) is almost always served with saba shioyaki… I think. :)

      • ChopinandMysaucepan April 17, 2013, 2:07 pm

        Dear Nami,

        Thanks for the clarification. I always need daikon oroshi with this dish. I read somewhere it is not good to have the food in direct contact with the foil when baking so now I put a sheet of baking paper over the foil before wrapping up the food, eg a spaghetti marinara in the oven to retain all the flavours.

        If I am pan-searing say a salmon fillet, I would cook that skin-side down on the pan for about 80% of cooking time before flipping over, depending on thickness of the cut. The skin doesn’t burn since it has natural oils and becomes really crispy too.

        • Nami April 22, 2013, 10:08 am

          Oops, I sometimes use foil for cooking/grilling/baking! >_< Using baking paper sounds like a good idea! :) Thank you so much for your advice!

  • tigerfish April 8, 2013, 7:35 pm

    Oh no, hope you and your kids are completely well now. I usually go by the oven-grill-method when it comes to saba mackerel too. But I don’t buy mackerel often enough. I shd do it more often.

  • Helene @ French Foodie Baby April 8, 2013, 9:38 pm

    Nami, I feel so bad I haven’t been here in a while! Finally catching up on some reading tonight. I love saba, this looks so delicious, I’ll add it to our menus very soon. Glad you and your little ones are feeling better :-)

  • Katerina April 9, 2013, 2:11 am

    These viruses are so awful! And once they enter in the family only God knows who they will hit next! I hope you are all have recovered by now and fish is such a great source of vitamins and elements. The perfect way to strengthen yourselves!

  • The Café Sucré Farine April 9, 2013, 2:32 am

    Wow Nami, the fish on that beautiful plate looks like a piece of artwork! I’m not super adventuresome when it comes to fish so always love a great but simple new recipe!

  • Gemma @andgeesaid April 9, 2013, 3:20 am

    Yum Nami! This looks soo good!

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch April 9, 2013, 9:51 am

    We have been taking turns getting sick in our house as well so I definitely feel your pain. Clearly you’ve still been making fantastic food because this fish looks delicious :)

  • donna mikasa April 9, 2013, 10:00 am

    So sorry to hear you and your family are under the weather! I was wondering what happened to you. Speedy recovery to all.

    Next to salmon, saba is my favorite fish! I love the fattiness and the idea of simply grilling it makes my mouth water! Maybe this will be on our menu tonight! Take care, Nami!

    • Nami April 11, 2013, 9:07 am

      Thank you for your well wishes Donna! Hope you enjoy! :)

  • Donalyn@The Creekside Cook April 9, 2013, 10:07 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that all of you have been ill – kids always bring everything home from school, don’t they? I hope you are all feeling better by now. I’m not crazy about a lot of kinds of fish, but my husband loves it, so I will bookmark this to try for him! Thanks!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 9, 2013, 11:01 am

    Nami, I hope everyone in the family is back to good health. Fish is a great food to fight colds and this is a lovely simple recipe. mackerel has such a pretty design on the skin too.

  • mycookinghut April 9, 2013, 11:50 am

    Looks absolutely yummy! Will give this recipe a go!

  • Sharon | Chinese Soup Pot April 9, 2013, 12:56 pm

    My hubby and I LOVE grilled mackerel at Japanese restaurants, and I am glad that you shared this recipe. The first time I tried making this at home – I had pan fried the fish which made it a bit more oily than I had liked. I will try salting it and baking it the next time. Thanks again for sharing this recipe! And I hope that you and your daughter are now feeling better!

  • Monet April 9, 2013, 1:50 pm

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear about the sickness! I hope everyone starts to feel better…and soon. This looks delicious. Perfectly grilled. Thank you for sharing! I’m glad to be back home after a week of traveling…and finally catching up on my favorite blogs. I hope you have a blessed week!

  • Caroline April 9, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Glad to hear you’re starting to feel better now, Nami! I think I’m catching something as well. This fish is absolutely gorgeous…and I’m sure delicious as well! x

  • Sandra April 9, 2013, 2:30 pm

    This is a super quick meal. I’ve been making more fish for my family lately and I know they would like this.

  • Tania @ A Perfect Pantry April 9, 2013, 5:34 pm

    So simple, but I bet this tastes so good. I hope you feel better soon.

  • PolaM April 9, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Get well soon!

  • Juliana April 9, 2013, 7:35 pm

    Hope you are feeling better Nami…sorry to hear that the kids and you got sick…
    I love saba, but cannot get my husband to eat it…too fishy for his taste :)
    Feel better my dear :)

  • Hannah April 9, 2013, 7:49 pm

    Nami, I am sorry you have been sick and hope you are feeling better very soon. Take good care of yourself. Your grilled mackerel looks fabulous! I love the grated daikon on the side. My husband is a big fan and always orders mackerel in Japanese restaurants. Now I can try it at home!

  • Charles April 10, 2013, 2:13 am

    Hi Nami, so sorry you were sick – that’s never fun, and your poor kids too! I hope everyone is feeling great again :)

    Lovely looking fish – I love mackerel… isn’t the colour and pattern of the skin so pretty?

  • Laura @ Family Spice April 10, 2013, 6:52 am

    My kids were sick for their Spring Break, too! Well, two out of three, so the healthy one was bored, bored, bored. I’ve been sick with allergies, so I know how everything shuts down when Mommy is sick. Feel better and the blog will always be there!

  • Food Jaunts April 10, 2013, 12:15 pm

    I’m glad you’re all feeling better! Wow, that must have been so tough with everyone getting sick.

    I think this looks simple and delicious. Mackerel is so nutritious with all those fatty acids and would be perfect to help rebuild strength.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 10, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Take good care of yourself. That way, you can take good care of others :)

    I need to experiment with mackerel more. This looks so delish, Nami!

  • Aunt Clara April 10, 2013, 3:31 pm

    Lovely, I love fish. I made a salmon recipe the other day and used a similar dish. They are pretty, aren’t they?

  • CK April 11, 2013, 7:26 am

    ^.^ That is happiness on a plate right there. Some miso soup and rice with some tsukemono and once again I am back having a Japanese breakfast moment. Thanks so much for the post, Nami and we are all hoping your road to recovery is quick!

    • Nami April 11, 2013, 9:20 am

      Thank you for your well wishes! I hope you enjoy this dish. :)

  • Baltic Maid April 11, 2013, 1:11 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better by now. I have to try your mackerel recipe soon. I am always looking for easy fish recipes. This looks really tasty and easy. I love it!

  • goboroot April 11, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!!! I’ll there with my own bowl of rice:) 素敵な写真、よけいに食べたくなる!

  • Baking Scientist April 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

    One of my favorite dish at Japanese restaurant :)
    Yours look like a generous n yummy piece :)

  • Lori Lynn April 14, 2013, 3:03 pm

    Glad you are all better now.
    I cook everything, but somehow have never cooked fresh mackerel. With your inspiration, next time I see it at the market, I’m picking it up and bringing it home to use your method.
    Adore the turquoise plate!

  • Holly April 18, 2013, 6:07 pm

    Whenever I go to Japanese restaurant for lunch, I often find myself ordering this grilled mackerel set lunch. Love the radish and the soy sauce on top of this fish. I love the flavor of the fish when pant-fried but it leaves strong fish odor for a while in the kitchen. Baking the fish in the oven is great alternative and healthier option. Thanks for your step by step instruction. My craving is kicking in…

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 19, 2013, 7:34 am

    Nami I’m so sorry to hear you were all ill, I hope everyone is healthy now. Your mackerel looks scrumptious. It is one of my favorite fishes to eat and have to give your recipe a try.

    P.S. Love your dish! I just purchased a coffee cup with the exact design and colors:)

  • Serene August 18, 2013, 9:02 am

    Hi Nami san, I chance upon this webpage when I’m trying to find the Saba shio receipe. I have tried to cook and the skin always stick to the aluminum foil. Can I check if I can bake the fish with the skin facing up instead of skin facing down?

    Thanks so much!

    • Nami August 18, 2013, 9:15 am

      Hi Serene! Spray or brush the oil on aluminum foil would help. You can also put on wire rack too, if it’s available. But sure, you can cook skin facing up – make sure you don’t burn the skin. :)

      • Serene August 18, 2013, 7:20 pm

        Hi Nami-San,

        Many thanks for your reply.

        I have tried using oil but the skin got stuck onto the foil as well. Guess I am just bad at cooking. Maybe I should use parchment paper instead. Do you think this is a better choice then aluminum foil?

        • Nami August 18, 2013, 8:57 pm

          Serene, no no, you are doing fine. It easily sticks to the foil even you oil it. Parchment paper works too, but make sure there is no extra paper close to the heat sauce because it can be burned and dangerous (especially toaster oven is so small). Hope that helps! :)

  • seny October 26, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Besides mackerel and salmon what other type of fish is nice when you grill with salt seasoning? Will snapper taste as good?

    • Nami October 27, 2013, 10:39 am

      Hi Seny! We grill many kinds of fish including snapper. There are many kinds of snappers, and for some, we use soy sauce based sauce to simmer, etc. I prefer simmer in soy sauce for snapper similar to this:


      Hope that helps!

  • Evie February 18, 2015, 10:42 pm

    i have a cheap toaster oven that doesn’t have a preheat option, do I still need to preheat it? Any idea how long that would take? I tried broiling once it didn’t come out well (no browning). But I would love to make this in a toaster oven instead of heating up the whole kitchen. Thanks. This looks like a tasty simple dinner.

    • Nami February 18, 2015, 10:50 pm

      Hi Evie! My toaster oven doesn’t have pre-heat either, but if you can leave it on for a few minutes ahead of time, that’s considered pre-heat. To be honest, I sometimes skip preheating and just start cooking. The cooking time is a bit longer than I specified but total cooking is about 25 minutes or so at 400F (200C). Now I’m not sure how big your oven toaster is and how close your heat source is, but if you have a typical small toaster oven, it should have enough heat and time to cook the fish with nice char. Hope this helps! :)