18 April 2011

Mackerel Fillets Simmered in Soy Sauce

Some delicious Boston Mackerel from the market the other day, and Bittman provides a great recipe.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 6 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 4 mackerel fillets, ~1 lb. total, skin on


  1. In a 12-inch skillet with a cover, mix together all ingredients except fish. 
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Add fish skin-side down and simmer until cooked through, 7-10 minutes - once the fish turns opaque, poke it with a small sharp knife. When the point meets little resistance entering the thickest part, the fish is done. 
  4. Spoon a fillet and some sauce onto a mound of rice
  5. Enjoy!



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