Mackerel Simmered with Miso

mackerel simmered with miso
  • Servings : 2-4
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m

The recipe

Mackerel Simmered with Miso is a dish that is prepared regularly in Japan.  It is quick and easy and simmering the mackerel in saké reduces the prevailing fishy odour.  Serve with rice.


  • 4 fillets of mackerel
  • water to cover the fish
  • 125ml saké
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • fresh ginger matchsticks as a garnish


Step 1

Place the mackerel fillets into a colander and pour boiling water over them to reduce the odour and firm them up. Put them in a large pan so that they can lie side by side and add the water, sake and ginger. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes, so that the fish are about half cooked and still transparent inside.

Step 2

Add the miso to a small bowl with the mirin and sugar and mix in a little of the juice from the pan. Add this to the pan of fish and mix in carefully to avoid breaking up the fish.

Step 3

Simmer on a low heat for about 5 minutes or until the fish is just cooked. Serve on plates and pour a little of the liquid over and sprinkle with the ginger garnish.

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