Saba no tatsutaage – Deep-fried marinated mackerel



  • 2 fillets of mackerel
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sweet sake (みりんmirin)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • 5 tbs potato starch (片栗粉katakuriko)
  • 1 plastic bag
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying


  1. Cut the mackerel fillets into 4 pieces ea. (8 pcs total)
  2. Place the pieces in a plastic bag with soy sauce, sweet sake, ginger and garlic.
  3. Marinate the mackerel for 30 minutes to one hour.
  4. Place potato starch in a bowl and coat the mackerel pieces with it.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-frying pot or small saucepan to about 365°F, and deep fry the mackerel.


Test the oil temperature by dropping a little flour in it. It should go down to the bottom of the pot and come up to the surface quickly without, or only a tiny bit, touching the bottom of the pot.

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22:35 20 Jul , 2024