‘Chan-Chan-Yaki’ is originally a fishermen’s dish from Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. Salmon is used for the dish, and I have shared my easy version ‘Salmon Chan-Chan-Yaki Rice Bowl’ on this website. It can be made with Canned Mackerel. This is a super quick & easy dish, very filling and nutritious, and absolutely delicious.


1 Serving


1 can (125g) Mackerel in Brine *drained and broken into bite-size pieces

1 teaspoon Oil
1/4 Onion *thinly sliced
4cm Carrot *cut into thin strips
1 Spring Onion *cut into bite-size pieces
1 leaf Cabbage *cut into bite-size pieces
1 serving warm Cooked Rice

Miso Sauce
1 tablespoon Miso *I used White Miso
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Mirin
1 tablespoon Sake (Rice Wine) OR Water
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce *alter the amount depending on the saltiness of the Miso

  1. Combine all the Miso Sauce ingredients in a small bowl. If the Miso that you use is very salty, you may not need to add Soy Sauce at all.
  2. Heat Oil in a small frying pan over medium heat, cook Onion and Carrot, and add Spring Onion and Cabbage. When Vegetables are cooked, add Mackerel and the Miso Sauce, and gently stir for a minute OR until the sauce thickens.
  3. Half fill a bowl with warm Cooked Rice and cover it with the Mackerel & Vegetable mixture, and enjoy.