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.

    Grilled Mackerel on a plate.

    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 on a plate.

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    3.95 from 17 votes
    Grilled Mackerel on a plate.
    Grilled Mackerel (Saba Shioyaki)
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    50 mins
    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. 
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: shioyakaki, yakizakana
    Servings: 2
    Author: Nami
    • 2 fillets mackerel (saba)
    • 2 Tbsp sake
    • salt (kosher or sea salt)
    • daikon radish (grated, to serve)
    • soy sauce (to serve)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Grilled Mackerel Ingredients
    2. Rinse the fish under cold water and then quickly run the fish in a bowl of sake.
      Grilled Mackerel 1
    3. Pat dry with paper towel.
      Grilled Mackerel 2
    4. Generously salt both side of the fish and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. ).
      Grilled Mackerel 3
    5. After 20 minutes… you should see the fish expel water, which makes the flesh denser.
      Grilled Mackerel 4
    6. Wipe off any excess moisture on the fish.
      Grilled Mackerel 5
    7. 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.
      Grilled Mackerel 6
    8. 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.
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    Recipe Notes

    *Bake for 25-30 minutes without preheat.

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