Blue Mackerel Simmered in Miso

Blue Mackerel Simmered in Miso

This is a sweet-salty miso-simmered dish. Since boiling water is poured over the mackerel during prep, there's very little fishiness.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Blue mackerel filets
2 fish's worth (500 g)
● Sliced ginger
2 slices
● Soy sauce
1 teaspoon
● Sugar
2 tablespoons
● Sake
50 ml
● Water
120-150 ml (enough to cover)
2 tablespoons (50 g)


1. Pour boiling water over the mackel to remove their fishiness. (About 500 ml of boiling water is fine.)
2. Put some cuts into the skin side of the filets.
3. Put the ● ingredients and mackerel into a frying pan or a small pan over high heat. When it comes to a boil, skim off the scum.
4. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes.
5. Take out some of the cooking liquid, and combine with the miso. Add the mixture to the pan.
6. You want to reduce the cooking liquid, so simmer with a small lid that sits right on top of the food (otoshibuta) over low heat for about 5 minutes.

Story Behind this Recipe

Blue mackerel (gomasaba) was cheap at only 198 yen fro 2 fish