Miso-simmered Mackerel

Mackerel simmered in miso is a classic recipe. It is so popular that you can even find it pre-cooked in cans.

Miso-simmered Mackerel
Photographed by Shin Ebisu

Recipe by
Takuji Takahashi

Average

Seafood

Vegetables

300kcal

25minutes

Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 mackerel fillet (Approx. 180 g)
  • 1/2 bunch Japanese green onions
  • 10 g ginger (thinly sliced)
  • [A]

    • 100 g miso
      Note

      Smooth miso paste, anywhere from the sweet end of the spectrum to moderately salty.

    • 30 g sugar
    • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 50 ml sake
  • 200 ml water

Directions

1

Cut the mackerel into quarters and make X-shaped cuts into the skin side of each. Bring water to a boil in a frying pan and briefly dip the mackerel in.

Advice

Dip the mackerel into the boiling water to remove fishy smell, and then take it out with a mesh skimmer as soon as the surface of the meat changes color.

2

Discard the water in the frying pan and combine 200 ml of water, 50 ml of sake, and the ginger in the frying pan, and bring to a simmer. When it comes to a simmer, add the mackerel, skin side up. Cover with a drop lid made of aluminum foil or other material, then simmer over medium heat for about 5 min, then skim off any foam and reduce heat to low.

Advice

Simmering the mackerel in a simmering broth that contains sake and ginger helps to minimize the "fishiness" of the mackerel.

3

In a bowl, combine the ingredients for [A] with about 4 tbsp of the simmering broth, and stir to dissolve the miso.

4

Pour the contents of the bowl into the frying pan and simmer for 10-15 min, occasionally ladling some of the simmering broth on top of the mackerel. Slice the Japanese green onions diagonally and add them to the pan. Bring just to a simmer.

Advice

Add the miso by first dissolving it in a small amount of the simmering broth, then pouring that in. Ladle the simmering broth over the mackerel to coat the surface of each piece.

5

Serve with the simmering broth poured over top to taste.