Thursday, October 25, 2007

holy saba (mackerel)!

This was such an easy recipe and I found it on the back of the tomato paste package!

Tomato saba soboro (ground mackerel seasoned with tomato) adapted from Kagome tomato paste package
190g canned saba mizuni (mackerel packed in water)
100g tomato paste (about 6 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
2 inch nub of ginger, grated
2 tablespoon sesame seed

Put everything except the sesame seeds into a pan and heat until liquid has evaporated. Break up saba so that there are no big pieces. Put into a bowl and sprinkle sesame seeds. Eat with rice on the side or put onto your rice.

I also served this with kyuri asazuke(lightly pickled cucumbers) and steamed beans.

NOTES: I keep my ginger in the freezer, so a few minutes after taking it out, it was easy to peel and grate. Though this dish didn't look too appetizing, it was very delicious. I thought it might be too tomatoey but the ginger, shoyu and mirin actually makes this dish Japanese-y.

Has anyone tried the mackerel in tomato sauce? I haven't tried that and I was wondering what type of seasoning that has. If it is just tomato sauce, you may be able to use that and add in the ginger, shoyu and mirin to make this dish.

p.s. I wanted to show you this interesting apple. It is called Akibae and means glorious Autumn. And glorious it is, it is a cross between a Tsugaru and Chiaki apples. The red peel is so dark that it almost looks chocolatey or black. It is also quite crisp and sweet like a Fuji.


Rowena said...

I'm still wanting to work with fresh mack that I've seen at the fish shop but...there's always something else to distract me.

As for the apple, Snow White would be so pleased!

K and S said...

You read my mind, Rowena! I thought about Snow White's apple when I bought it, but when I surfed around the info I found talked about "red apples".

Hope you feel better, take care.

Sea said...

Ooh, saba and apples! I love saba, especially shioyaki syle, and that apple looks delicious!


K and S said...

Hi Sea,

I hope you get a chance to try this, it is really easy.

Take care.