Miso Braised Saba (味增鲭鱼)



I have been cooking my fish using miso paste for at least a few years..


There is once when I am running out of Chinese fermented soya beans or tau cheo in my kitchen, it suddenly cropped out from my mind to substitute these tau cheo with miso paste.. Yes, the taste blends very well with what I am cooking. In fact, I found that it is an extremely good substitute for miso since miso is in a paste form whereas we need to break the fermented soya beans for the flavour to develop in our cooking.


Taste is slightly different from tau cheo but delicious. Out of my curiosity , I goggled “ Miso Saba” and apparently, Japan does have such a dish. After reading a few recipes, I have designed my own recipes which is much simpler but deliciousness will not be compromised.


Preparation is as easy as ABC with very simple ingredients and some can be omitted if desired. Since Miso is already a full flavour agent, there is not much seasonings you need to add.. What I have added is a small quantity of sugar to negate the slight saltiness.


This dish is great to go with rice and the sauce is especially tasty. Family members finished the dish in seconds.



Servings : 4-6 adult servings


  • 2-3 Saba fillets
  • 1-1.5 tablespoon of miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon of Japanese rice wine , mirin (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of white sugar (optional)
  • 3 cm of ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlics
  • About 2 cups of water
  • 2 stalks of spring onion



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  • This step is optional if you can eat fish with bones . Turn the fish fillet with the flesh facing you. Pluck out the bones at the middle of the fish fillets.

  • Put the miso paste with about  2 cups of water , stir until well combined. The volume will depends on the size of your frying pan. if your pan is big, you may need a bit more. The water should at least cover the fish .

  • In a pan, put one tablespoon of oil, pan fried the fish for 1-2 minutes until the fish meat has turned beige. Add in the ginger slices and garlic cloves, sauté for 1 more minute. Add the miso solution and bring to boil. Once it boils, turn the heat to medium and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Before off the heat, add the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolved. Off the heat and sprinkle with chopped spring onion before serving.



The last 2 posts on Assam Fish and Stew Halibut received quite a favourable response. Members of Facebook Group are trying out the recipes. I have therefore decided to share this recipe too. I will not insist to use Saba in this recipe, but I would recommend the use of a deep sea fish where there are more omega fatty acids and smoother meat texture. Salmon is definitely a good choice and of course good fish like threadfin fillets can always be used.


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


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