Quick Mackerel Nanban without Deep-Frying

Quick Mackerel Nanban without Deep-Frying

This is a dish that my fish-loving mother would often make. I didn't really like it as a child, but now it's one of my favorites.

Ingredients: 3 servings

Horse mackerel
3 cuts
Salt and pepper
to taste
Plain flour
as needed
Olive oil
2 tablespoons
Red bell pepper
about 2 cm
★ Sugar
2 tablespoons
★ Japanese dashi powder
1/2 teaspoon
★ Water
1 tablespoon
★ Ponzu
3 tablespoons


1. Sprinkle the mackerel with salt (not listed in the ingredients), let sit for 5 minutes, rinse under cold water, then thoroughly blot off excess moisture with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper, then coat in flour.
2. Remove the seeds from the red bell pepper, thinly slice lengthwise, then microwave (800 W) for 1 minute. Thinly slice the onion and julienne the carrot.
3. In a bowl, combine the ★ ingredients and add the vegetables from Step 2.
4. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Arrange the mackerel in the pan, cover with a lid, then fry both sides until golden brown.
5. Transfer the fish to a serving dish, pour the sauce over it, then serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

I avoid deep-frying in the summer, but during the hot months I crave namban I came up with this easy recipe for fish!