The Wonders Of The Saba

November 05, 2015

Saba Shioyaki




Saba Shioyaki, despite its incredibly exotic and oriental name, is simply grilled mackerel with salt. Although a common seafood dish in Japan, do not be fooled by its modest appearance and simplicity during preparation, which was designed in such a specific way to bring forth the fresh flavor of the fish seasoned only with salt for an added zing. Saba, or its more common name, the mackerel is cooked with a sprinkling of salt – this method is called Shioyaki, hence the name of the dish; grilled salted mackerel or Saba Shioyaki. Focusing on its freshness, the Japanese would try their best to fish for them during fall and winter seasons, as it is believed that the mackerel caught during these particular times are fatter and bursting with more natural flavours. Also served with lemon and white radish, the humble mackerel contains nutrients such as DHA and EPA, and is gaining popularity not only for its delectable taste but also for its health benefits.


For a taste of Saba Shioyaki, head on down to Sushi Tei, one of Bali’s favourite Japanese restaurants.