Yaki Shio Saba (Grilled Mackerel Fillet)


Grilled mackerel, also known as shioyaki saba, is a traditional preparation of pacific mackerel (saba) using just a few ingredients. Fresh mackerel fillets are marinated in a mixture of sake and salt to remove fishiness, add umami, and tenderize the meat before being roasted or grilled over charcoal. This fish is fully cooked and ready-to-eat with a rich, savory flavor with a light smokiness. Shio saba pairs exceptionally well with soy sauce, grated daikon, lemon, and a bowl of rice.