I realized I haven’t posted a Japanese fish dish for a while so today I want to share a very easy and simple recipe. The featured fish will be Mackerel and the Japanese name is Saba. Does that ring a bell yet? You probably have seen Saba Shioyaki (Salt Broiled Mackerel) on a menu at a Japanese restaurant. However, today’s recipe Saba Misoni is not broiled but simmered in a miso-based sauce. This dish is very common dish in Japan and my mother made it just as often as Saba Shioyaki.
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- 2 fillet mackerel (saba) (2 fillet = 0.5 lb)
- ½ tsp soy sauce
- ½ cup water
- 2 Tbsp miso (I use Awase Miso: mix of red and white miso)
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp sake
- 1 Tbsp ginger (sliced)
Gather all the ingredients.
- Rinse mackerel in cold water and pat dried. Make a cross incision on the skin side.
- In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients for Seasonings and bring it to a boil. Stir well so that miso is completely dissolved.
- When boiling, place mackerel in the pan, skin side top. Reduce heat to medium heat and put an otoshibuta on (not the regular lid). Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- Add soy sauce and stir well by shifting the pan. Remove from heat and serve the fish on a plate. Pour extra sauce on top. Garnish with green onion and carrot flower petal. Serve immediately.
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