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Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl ハマチ漬け丼

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    This Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl is a simple yet elegant meal you can easily pull off at home! I’ll show you how to defrost the sashimi-grade hamachi and make this restaurant-quality rice bowl in a short time.

    A ceramic bowl containing miso marinated hamachi served on bed of steamed rice along with shiso, scallion, and sushi ginger.

    My family enjoys sashimi, so we occasionally treat ourselves to delicious chilled seafood dinners at home. Among all the raw fish, our favorites include Salmon Sashimi Bowl and this Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl (ハマチ漬け丼).

    The wonderful thing about making sashimi bowls at home is they are utterly fuss-free! On a day when I don’t feel like spending too much time cooking, I can still pull off a refreshingly elegant meal with minimal effort.

    This recipe involves marinating the hamachi slices and top them over steamed rice. That’s how easy it is!

    What’s Marinated Sashimi Bowl?

    Marinated sashimi bowl is called Zukedon (漬け丼) in Japanese, and it means a donburi (don for short) consisting of marinated sashimi over a bed of steamed rice. Zuke means “to marinate”; sashimi is marinated in soy sauce, mirin, and sake (and miso in today’s recipe) for 30 minutes (or 2 hours at most).

    Why You’ll Love Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl

    • Having sashimi in the freezer, you don’t need to go shopping to make this recipe.
    • Little prepping and incredibly easy to make.
    • Amazing restaurant-quality meal at home!

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    Hamachi (Yellowtail) – A Fine Choice for Sashimi & Sushi

    Most people are familiar with salmon and tuna for sushi and sashimi, but hamachi is actually a highly sought-after fish in Japan. Known as Japanese amberjack or yellowtail, hamachi is a seasonal favorite in the colder months, and it’s one of the best fish to enjoy raw as sushi and sashimi. In Hawaii, hamachi poke is a wildly popular choice.

    Sometimes hamachi or yellowtail gets mistaken as a type of tuna, but it is a fish of an entirely different family.

    What makes hamachi so exceptional? At first bite, the flavor is delicate, then it leaves you with a silky, buttery taste that is simply irresistible. It has a rich flavor like toro, but not as overpoweringly fatty. The firm yet melt-in-mouth texture feels like a luxury!

    Where to Get Sashimi-Grade Hamachi

    These days I see more home cooks are venturing out to prepare meals like a professional chef! I’ve seen my friends making homemade noodles, sourdough bread, sushi, homemade pizza, ramen, and all. This movement is amazing!

    I also receive requests from my readers who crave for sushi and sashimi at Japanese restaurants. So this is one of my recommendations that you can make at home. You don’t even need to have any advanced knife skill or sushi roll techniques to pull it off.

    To get sashimi-grade fish, you have to either go to Japanese grocery stores (they carry sashimi-grade fish) or order online. We order sashimi-grade Hamachi from Catalina Offshore.

    Hamachi 1

    A vacuumed-packed frozen Hamachi is delivered to your doorstep in a styrofoam box with dry ice in it. You can keep the frozen sashimi-grade fish in the home freezer for 2-3 weeks. Make sure the temperature is set to the coldest!

    How to Defrost Sashimi-Grade Fish

    There are two ways to defrost raw fish. The proper recommended way and unofficial way.

    The proper way is to defrost the sashimi-grade fish in the refrigerator overnight. The unofficial way is a “quick defrost”, which takes just 20-30 minutes from frozen to thaw. All you need to do is to submerge your frozen sashimi-grade fish in cold water still sealed in the vacuum package.

    I like the quick method because I can keep the sashimi-grade fish slightly firm, and it’s a lot easier to slice thinly and cleanly. It also doesn’t release as much moisture from the sashimi compared to the official method (thawing in the fridge) so it’s a lot cleaner to handle.

    Tips to Slice Hamachi Sashimi

    There are a few tips for slicing salmon sashimi that has worked for us.

    1. Place the hamachi block in the freezer for 5-10 min before slicing. This will firm up the flesh so it’s easier to slice.
    2. You don’t need a sashimi knife but make sure to use a really sharp knife. Do not use a serrated knife to slice sashimi.
    3. The simplest way to slice hamachi sashimi is to cut the fish vertically. Pulling the knife towards you, start the cut from the base of the knife to the tip. This method is called hira-zukuri.

    A ceramic bowl containing miso marinated hamachi served on bed of steamed rice along with shiso, scallion, and sushi ginger.

    How to Make Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl

    It involves 5 steps.

    1. Make sure the rice is cooked ahead (whether scheduled in your rice cooker or ready to reheat from the freezer). Otherwise, just make steamed rice using your method. The rice cooking time is not counted for total preparation time.
    2. Make marinade.
    3. Slice the sashimi-grade fish.
    4. Marinade the sashimi for 30 minutes.
    5. Serve the marinated sashimi over steamed rice.

    To make this delicious miso-based marinade, you’ll need only 5 ingredients.

    • Soy sauce
    • Sake
    • Mirin
    • Miso
    • Grated ginger

    Enjuku Mutenka by Hikari Miso

    I use Enjuku Koji Miso by Hikari Miso for this recipe. Enjuku Koji Miso is Hikari Miso’s long-selling product for over 20 years since its introduction in 1993. The preservative-free miso features a mild flavor and rich fragrance incorporated with natural sweetness and robust umami of koji.

    How Long Do We Marinate?

    Depending on the flavor of the fish and how thick you cut it, you can always adjust to your preference. For me, I like to marinate Hamachi for at least 30 minutes or for a maximum of 2 hours. Find the perfect balance for your liking!

    A ceramic bowl containing miso marinated hamachi served on bed of steamed rice along with shiso, scallion, and sushi ginger.

    What Dishes To Serve with Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl

    To make a complete meal, you can serve the Hamachi Bowl with a bowl of miso soup and 1-2 side dishes (salad, simmered dishes, etc).

    A ceramic bowl containing miso marinated hamachi served on bed of steamed rice along with shiso, scallion, and sushi ginger.

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    A ceramic bowl containing miso marinated hamachi served on bed of steamed rice along with shiso, scallion, and sushi ginger.
    Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Marinate Time
    30 mins

    This Miso-Marinated Hamachi Bowl is a simple yet elegant meal you can easily pull off at home! I'll show you how to defrost the sashimi-grade hamachi, and make this restaurant-quality rice bowl in a short time.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: hamachi, sashimi, yellowtail
    Servings: 4
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 1 lb Sashimi-grade yellowtail (Hamachi) (450 g; Read the blog post on how to defrost frozen sashimi-grade hamachi; Sub: salmon, tuna, kanpachi/amberjack)
    • 1 knob ginger (1 tsp grated ginger)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.
      Miso Marinated Hamachi Bowl (zukedon) ingredients.
    To Make the Marinade
    1. Peel and grate ginger. You will need about 1 tsp of grated ginger.
      Miso Marinated Hamachi Bowl (zukedon) 1
    2. In a small saucepan, combine mirin, sake, and soy sauce.

      Miso Marinated Hamachi Bowl (zukedon) 2
    3. Bring it to simmer over medium heat and let the alcohol evaporate for a minute. Then turn off the heat and add miso.

      Miso Marinated Hamachi Bowl (zukedon) 3
    4. Whisk to combine the miso with the sauce. Then add grated ginger and mix all together. Set aside.

      Miso Marinated Hamachi Bowl (zukedon) 4
    To cut Hamachi
    1. With a sharp (sashimi) knife, cut the hamachi into 5 mm slices.
      Miso Marinated Hamachi Bowl (zukedon) 5
    To Marinate Hamachi
    1. In a glass deep container (with a lid), put some marinade on the bottom and start placing Hamachi slices in a single layer. Then drizzle the marinade on top.

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    2. Then place more Hamachi slices on top followed by the marinade.

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    3. Once you finish with all the Hamachi slices, close the lid and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours (2 hrs maximum; otherwise, it gets salty).

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    To Prepare Hamachi Bowl
    1. Cut the green onion/scallion into fine rounds.
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    2. Wash the shiso leaves and pat dry with a paper towel. Roll the shiso leaves up. Keep some of the shiso for serving.

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    3. Cut the shiso into chiffonade and separate them loosely.
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    4. Prepare bowls of steamed rice and set aside so it’s not too hot. Prepare the toppings and take out the Hamachi sashimi from the refrigerator. Place the shiso on top of the rice.
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    5. Place the sashimi slices on top of the rice. Garnish with sesame seeds, green onion, shiso chiffonade, and sushi ginger on top. Enjoy!

      Miso Marinated Hamachi Bowl (zukedon) 13
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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    When we have a sudden craving for sashimi we usually buy from our local Japanese supermarkets. If you don't have a reliable shop to purchase quality sashimi nearby, we would recommend buying from Catalina Offshore online.

    They've been in business for over forty years and all the sashimi products we've tried from them are outstanding. The products we love are the saku cut tuna, hamachi loin, and all types of salmon. Disclosure: We earn a small percentage commission from your purchase of products linked to Catalina Offshore.

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