Mackerel is one of my favorite fish. Some people don't like it due to the strong flavor, but that's exactly why I like it. Serving it to the kid can be an iffy proposition, but turns out, he liked it! Yay!
This dish is flavorful (good way to get the kids to eat fish) and fast (hey, it's not French!). I spread a miso mixture over the fish and pan fried it (great grilled too). The only thing you need to be careful of is not to overcook this fish. There's not much worse than overcooked mackerel. For an average filet, it only needs about 4 or 5 minutes, tops. If you're not a fan of mackerel or can't get it where you are, try substituting with salmon.
Pan-fried Japanese-style Mackerel
Serves 2.5 people
- 2 mackerel filets
- 1 tbs yellow miso
- 1/2 to 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbs mirin
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- lemon or lime wedges for serving
- finely sliced green onion for garnish
Make the paste by combining the miso, sugar, mirin and ginger. Rub it on the meaty side of the fish. All that's left to do is pan fry the fish in a fairly hot pan with a little oil. Start with the skin side down, then flip it for the last minute or so. That's it! Serve with Japanese rice and a (pickled) vegetable of your choice and/or a nice salad.