Fish

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Curry Mackerel Don

    Because I usually cook for four people, preparing a meal just for me can be oddly challenging. A ‘Donburi (Rice Bowl)’ dish is always a good option. I stock canned mackerel in my pantry for always as mackerel is my great favourite (and fresh mackerel is rarely available where I live), and the small 120g …

  • Fish Other Soup Vegetables

    Steamed Savoury Turnip Meringue & Fish

    It’s getting cold in Melbourne. Warm dishes are more enjoyable. I have posted some Japanese winter dish recipes such as ‘Furofuki Daikon’, simmered Daikon radish with sweet miso sauce. I want to introduce another iconic winter dish. It is ‘Steamed Savoury Turnip Meringue’, which tastes a little bit like Wasabi. This dish can be categorised …

  • Egg Fish

    Salmon Sprinkles

    Not only my children (when they were young) but most Japanese children love savoury rice sprinkles called ‘Furikake’. There are loads of ‘Furikake’ products available but I never know what is in them. Home-made savoury sprinkles are easy to make and we can know exactly what is in them. I used to make this ‘Salmon …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Canned Salmon Miso Don

    For cooking one-person meal, the canned fish is very handy to have in the pantry. I try to stock canned salmon, tuna, sardine and mackerel when they are on special. This ‘Canned Salmon Miso Don’ can be cooked, of course, with fresh salmon fillet but fish are all very pricy in Australia. A small canned …

  • Fish Other Seafood

    Squid & Edamame Patties

    In Japan, I used to enjoy many traditional food made from fish such as ‘Chikuwa’, ‘Kamaboko’, ‘Fish Sausages’, etc. One of my favourite is deep-fried fish patties with squid pieces in them. The only way for me to eat them now is making them by myself. One day I reluctantly tried and discovered it is …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Miso Mackerel Don

    There is one dish that I have been very fond of since my childhood. It’s a dish of mackerel simmered in sweet miso sauce. Sadly I can’t cook it here in Melbourne because it is too hard to find fresh mackerel. I have seen Spanish mackerel in a fish shop, but not the mackerel that …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Spicy Asian Slaw with Tuna

    When cabbages are in season, I often make coleslaw with different dressings or Japanese mayonnaise. I tried to create an Asian flavour slaw. When you make this dish, you would think the amount of the cabbages is too much for 4 servings but it will decrease in volume and the flavour will become stronger. I …

  • Clear Soup Fish

    Sardine Balls for Soup

    My son doesn’t like to eat fish that have bones. Even the filleted Sardines still have fine bones and he is reluctant to eat them. When he was very young, he got a fish bone stuck in the throat for three days. When it finally came out, we were all shocked at the size of …

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    Spanish Mackerel ‘Saikyo Yaki’

    ‘Saikyo Yaki’ is the dish of grilled miso-marinated fish, tofu or sometimes poultry. ‘Saikyo’ in Japanese means ’West City’ which was Kyoto, the capital city in Japan hundreds of years ago. ‘Saikyo Miso’ is mild and pale coloured miso originated in Kyoto, and it is the main ingredient of this very old marinade. The traditional …

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    Garlic & Panko Baked Sardines

    Sardine Fillets are easy to cook. There are many ways to cook Sardines but this is one of the easiest. The herbs that I use are often different because you can use whatever herbs you have and you like to use. I love ‘oven baking’ because I can cook other dishes while baking. A perfectly …

  • Fish Spaghetti & Pasta

    Sardines & Rocket Spaghetti

    Sardines are healthier and more sustainable fish. Sardines are rich in numerous nutrients. They are one of the most concentrated sources of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Sardines are an excellent source of vitamin B12. Why don’t we eat them more? Tinned Sardines are easy to use. This is one of my favourite …

  • Fish

    Teriyaki Sardines

    Sardines are healthier and more sustainable fish and rich in numerous nutrients. Sardine Fillets are easy to cook. Here is another super easy recipe. It is not only super easy but also super quick. Place these Teriyaki Sardines on the freshly cooked rice, it is an instant meal “Teriyaki Sardine Don’. Add chopped Spring Onion, …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Watercress & Tuna Salad

    Watercress is one of my top 5 vegetables. I love its peppery flavour but I can’t eat much. Watercress is always brilliant for salads but this salad is different. ‘Ae-mono’ is a Japanese style salad. Vegetables are often quickly blanched before dressed. In that way, you can easily eat more. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Watercress …

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    Grilled Salted Salmon

    It was my husband birthday today and he requested Japanese dinner to celebrate his birthday. I decided to cook Salmon. But this ‘Grilled Salted Salmon’ is actually a very straight forward dish. Salt the salmon fillets and grill them. I have a Japanese fish griller that can be used over the gas stove burner and …

  • Fish Sushi

    Salmon Sushi

    Nowadays in Melbourne suburbs, fresh sashimi is still not always available but fresh Salmon is. There are a handful of fish shops in the area I live and all of them sell Salmon that can be eaten raw. Smoked Salmon is available from any supermarket stores. So I make these Salmon Sushi for special occasions. …

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    Baby Sardines Tsukudani

    In the place in Japan where I am from, dried baby sardines are called ‘Chirimenjako’ and those tiny fish are used for many dishes. One of my favourites is ‘Tsukudani’. ‘Tsukudani’ is commonly small fish, shellfish or seaweed cooked in Mirin, Sugar and Soy Sauce to preserve the ingredients. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Chirimenjako (Dried …

  • Fish

    Whiting/Blue Grenadier with Spicy Ponzu Sauce

    This dish is a lot easier to cook than it looks. A great dish even for a busy family’s dinner. Any white-meat fish is suitable for this recipe. You can add Tomato and Tabasco to the sauce for more refreshing flavour. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Large Fish Fillets 2 Salt & Pepper Potato Starch Flour …

  • Fish

    Tuna & Cream Cheese Dip

    You must use Japanese mayonnaise to achieve the right flavour for this recipe. So easy and everyone loves this dip. Ingredients Cream Cheese 250g Japanese Mayonnaise 1/3 to 1/2 cup Canned Tuna 95g *Springwater Type Fresh Onion 1/4 to 1/2 Black Pepper Method 1. Mix softened Cream Cheese and Mayonnaise until well combined. 2. Drain Canned …

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