Sardines Simmered in Soy Sauce

Sardines Simmered in Soy Sauce

Fish simmered in soy sauce is one of the basics of Japanese cooking.
This recipe is for sardines simmered in soy sauce.
If you follow the steps, it's really easy. You can also make this using Pacific saury, mackerel, or herring.
Learning this recipe is a good first step toward becoming skilled at cooking.

Ingredients: 3 servings

☆ Water
200 ml
☆ Sake
1 tablespoon
☆ Vinegar (optional)
1 teaspoon
☆ Ginger (julienned)
2 tablespoons
● Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
● Mirin
1 tablespoon
● Sugar
1 tablespoon


1. Remove the heads, tails, and guts from the sardines. Wash the sardines and wipe off to dry. Arrange the sardines in a shallow pot and add the ☆ ingredients.
2. Place over medium heat. When it comes to a boil, you can remove any scum if you choose (but you don't have to do this).
3. Use paper towels to make a dropped lid (otoshibuta) and cover the pot. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes.
4. Pour the ● ingredients over the paper towel.
5. Simmer for 5-10 minutes over low heat.
6. All done.
7. Tips for how to keep the skin from breaking: 1. Arrange the sardines in a single layer. 2. Start with cold water. 3. Do not boil too strongly and don't use high heat. 4. Try not to move the sardines much while they're cooking

Story Behind this Recipe

Sardines were on sale at the supermarket, so I made one of my husband's favorites - sardines simmered in soy sauce.