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Easy Baked Mackerel (Saba Fish)

This baked mackerel (saba fish) recipe comes about because I saw maameemoomoo’s grilled saba with teriyaki sauce recipe (update: this site is no longer online so I removed the link) and I fell in love with it. Her grilled fish not only looked so deliciously beautiful, I also like the fact that they were oven-baked, saving lots of splatters and effort in cleaning up. My version, ever the lazy one, involves seasoning the fish with basic salt and pepper. This is a quick way to sneak in one more meat dish to the dinner table effortlessly.


Baked Mackeral
Preparation is really easy. If using frozen saba fish like I did, thaw them before cooking. Line baking tray with parchment paper for easy cleaning, then place the de-boned fish fillet skin side up without overlapping each other on the tray. Brush olive oil over the mackerel skin. Season the fillet with salt and black pepper.

Baked Mackeral

Bake the saba fillets for about 20 minutes, or until the skin starts to brown & crisp. The ingredients are few and this is a super easy recipe!

32 comments on “Easy Baked Mackerel (Saba Fish)”

  1. S&P may work better for me cos I don’t have teriyaki sauce….time to buy saba (mackerel) soon!

  2. Mmm… this reminds me of Korea! My mom would always make fish this way…. Love it! Have fun at vacation!

  3. So easy and so good for you. I am so happy to live near China Town where I get all my fresh fish…it’s like catching them youself.

  4. I love mackerel, this based mackerel looks so nice!

  5. Hi, thanks for the recipe and i just tried it today. However, it was unsuccessful and i’m not sure where went wrong. The fillet was stuck to the paper and the skin was not crispy :( I was told to squeeze some lemon onto the skin then bake it to get the crispy skin….? I got it baked for around 20 minutes instead of 10 minutes.

    • Pat dry the fillet with paper towels, then brush olive oil. Face the fillets skin side up. If your oven has an adjustable rack, try to place it higher where the top heating coils are located. Also preheat the oven for 10 minutes. The baking time of 20 minutes is all right, the timing is until the skin becomes crispy. Hope you will be successful the next round :)

  6. My husband went fishing this morning and caught a few of these! Glad I found your recipe! I never know how to prepare fish..

  7. Thank you! :) i just made this for my lunch, with some homemade teriyaki sauce i modified from a family recipe.
    2 tablespoons soy sauce (shoyu)
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    1/4 teaspoon minced garlic cloves
    1/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
    dot of sesame oil
    1 teaspoon chinese hua diao jiu (to replace mirin)

    Boil til the sugar is dissolved. Add more sugar or shoyu until you get the desired sweetness.

    • Thank you for sharing your family recipe! Do you marinade the mackerel with the teriyaki sauce to bake in the oven, or do you cook the sauce separately, and drizzle it over the cooked fish?

  8. May I know can I use black promfet to bake? Is it the same procedure? Many thanks.

  9. Great recipes & information for Mackeral by everyone!
    Costco stores just started selling Mackeral in their stores. It’s located in their frozen food section – with (7) individually packaged fillets, caught in Norway, for $14.79~ It was the first time I baked a fish. Just preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then bake for 20-25 minutes. It tastes great! I like preparing it with olive oil & spreading chopped garlic with a sprinkle of oregano on top & then a dash of soy sauce over to finish it up with. I like cut up boiled potatoes & steamed Red Chard on the side! Enjoy your Mackeral dinner!

  10. hi,

    Recipe simple enough I. I used ghee butter season with italian seasoning & capers under the fillet. Fortunately, I caught the temperature stated in recipe as being incorrect 5mins after it was in the oven and changed it to 400C (recipes states 200C). Normally, I bake it skin side down, my kid love it like this. Trying your way today, sound delicious w/ crispy skin.
    Cooking now & will see how it turns out!

    • This was deeeeelicious! I served it for lunch!! Crispy delicious skin, I usually never eat. Also 400°C is the the correct temperature for 10min cooking time once it was switched! I don’t see anyone mentioning the temperature, guess they knew….. Will be on my weekly menu.

    • 200°C (392°F) as well as the recipe stated is correct. You are probably referring to the Fahrenheit temperature.

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