Grilled Saba Fish

Saba fish (also known as mackerel!) are great for grilling or pan frying as they have a good amount of fat content. The fillets cook until the skin turn crispy and are normally placed over a bed of sliced onions on a hot plate to sizzle in the sweet and savory garlic soy sauce.
When served straight on the hot plate, it definitely makes for a visually pleasing and delicious dish. Give this simple recipe a try, if you don’t have a hot plate just stir fry the sliced onions along with the sauce in a pan and add the crispy Saba fillets on top when serving.

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2saba fillets (mackerel)
½onion (sliced)
cup light soy sauce
½cup mirin
4cloves garlic (minced)
3tbsp sugar
6tbsp oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Spring onions for garnish



In a sauce pot with 3 tbsp oil, fry minced garlic until fragrant.
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Add mirin, light soy sauce and sugar. Bring to boil and set aside.
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Pat dry and score saba fillets. Season evenly with salt and pepper.
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In a pan with 2 tbsp oil at medium heat, place fillets skin side down. Cook for 3 minutes, flip over and cook the other side for another 4 minutes.
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Remove fish from heat and set aside.
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Heat hot plate on stove and grease the surface with oil.
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Add in sliced onions and pour in garlic soy sauce.
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Place grilled fillets on the hot plate and serve
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Garnish with spring onions.
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