Saba, otherwise known as mackerel, is one of my favorite fish to eat, and it relatively inexpensive. If you’re looking for a fishy meal to have for a reasonable price and is simply tasty with just a few ingredients, this is definitely your fish! 🙂
Over where I live, Marukai has an abundance of mackerel to buy, from fresh to frozen, but were currently having a sale for $3.28/2 wild caught, frozen fillets… So I had to buy several. After thawing them out, this is the product. Looks pretty good, right?
After brushing the skin and meat of the fish with some sake, you sprinkle salt (preferably you’d use a big-grain salt, but table salt is fine) on it, let the saba sit for 20min, and…
Voila! The saba starts to sweat out its extra moisture, which you can dab off with a napkin before preparing it for the oven.
With just a few ingredients and some baking, you get a delicious, nutritious, and healthy dinner, which you can serve it by itself with some lemon (I had no lemons, so yes, that’s a lime :P), or accompany with some rice and miso soup.
- 2 saba fillets
- Olive Oil
- Sake or Mirin, for brushing
- Pat fish dry with paper towels.
- With a basting brush or a paper towel, lightly brush some sake/mirin on the skin and meat of the saba.
- Sprinkle salt on both the skin and meat of the saba, enough to cover it. Let stand at room temp for 20 min.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Dab off any liquid that has surfaced after the 20 minutes, and brush off any excess salt.
- Lightly dress fish in some olive oil (so it won't stick to the pan).
- With the saba's skin side down, place on pan and cook for 15-20min, or until fish is cooked all the way through.
- Serve with lemon, and/or rice and miso soup, and enjoy!
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