Grilled Teriyaki Saba (日式照烧烤鲭鱼,焼き照り焼きサバ)



During dinner, wife was asking me, what is  the brand of the grilled Saba that was served in the dining table? I kept quiet and she asked again,  was it me who prepared the grilled saba? I nodded  my head and tell her yes.. She said now there is no need to buy the frozen pack from the supermarket as the taste was very closed.


She did not know that I have shared before this recipe with a magazine about a year ago and since I saw some reasonably priced frozen saba fish, I have decided to prepare it again and share with readers. It is a very simple fuss free recipe that replicates what we have purchased in Singapore supermarket and you can even do it in an oven toaster.. I did not use the ready made teriyaki sauce, instead, I have prepared my own teriyaki sauce for the baking..


You may be interested in this post (Teriyaki Chicken (照り焼きチキン,日式照烧鸡肉)) where I share home made teriyaki sauce for chicken and many readers have tested the recipe and like it very much..


Kids love this dish as it is a fatty deep sea fish that comes with aromatic sweet teriyaki sauce.. Saba is actually  a type of mackerel fish which is high in omega III fatty acids. Besides saba, another good alternative is salmon or other deep sea fish from the colder weather. Cod is excellent but using cod is a waste since there are many better way of cooking the fish.




  • 4 standard pieces of Saba fish fillet (about 200 grams)
  • Half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of Japanese light soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Japanese cooking wine or Mirin
  • 1 tablespoon of Chinese dark soya sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (optional)



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  • Mix Mirin, Japanese light soya sauce, dark soya sauce, cooking oil and sugar in a bowl. Stir until sugar dissolved.

  • Wash the fish, drain and place in a zip lock bag. Add the marinating sauce prepared above. Push all the air out of the zip lock bag, zip and marinate the fish for at least 1 hour in the fridge.

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  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.

  • Line the marinating fish in a light greased baking tray or aluminium foil. Keep all the marinating sauce.

  • Grill the fish for 5 minutes, take out and brush the fish with the marinating sauce. Send back to the oven and grill for another 5 minutes. take out, brush the liquid. Pour all the marinating sauce into the baking tray and bake for another 5 minutes or until the sauce have thickened. Best serve with slice of lemon or lemon juice drizzle on the grilled fish.


  • If you do not have any oven at home, you can try to pan fry over stoves with 1 tablespoon of oil on a non stick pan. 5 minutes on each side and add the sauce and pan fry until  sauce thickened.




Remember that toaster oven can be use. Fish can cook rather fast and you have to monitor the timing. If you do not have Japanese mirin or light soya sauce, you can substitute with Chinese cooking wine and light soya sauce. Taste will be very similar.


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


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7 thoughts on “Grilled Teriyaki Saba (日式照烧烤鲭鱼,焼き照り焼きサバ)

  1. I can’t get soba where I am, can I use cod or other fish almost same size? The sauce looks delicious and relatively easy to prepare. I would really like to try preparing this.

  2. Guai shu shu, can i directly use shelf bought teriyaki sauce for marinate instead of miri, Japanese soy sauce blah blah blah… ???

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