Saba: One of the Healthiest Fish You Can Eat
Saba is a type of mackerel that is known for its rich, oily taste and health benefits. In Japan, it is enjoyed in so many different ways, from raw (sashimi) to canned. This article will summarize various ways that saba is prepared, talk about its health benefits, and finish with a recipe to try out.
What is Saba?
What Does Saba Taste Like?
Popular Saba Dishes
Shio yaki (salt grilled)
Sushi or sashimi
Health Benefits of Eating Saba
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, EPA and DHA are vital to cell development, and are needed for fetal development and healthy ageing. Basically, if you eat lots of healthy fish like saba, you will live longer and be less likely to get sick--awesome!
I recently watched a Japanese TV show that featured an 80+ year-old man who claimed that he hadn't caught a cold in over 40 years! He attributed it to the can of saba he eats for lunch every single day.
Saba Curry Recipe
-1/2 an onion, sliced
-1/2 a large carrot, chopped into half-medallions
-1 to 2 potatoes, chopped into dice-sized cubes
-any other vegetable that you'd like to add *optional
-about 2 blocks of Japanese curry rue of your choice
-2 tablespoons of cooking sake
2. add the vegetables and stir, cooking until the onions have softened and started to brown
3. add the cooking sake and can of saba. Add water until all the ingredients are covered by about an inch of water. At this point, it will look like you've made a soup
4. cook the pot until the water has been reduced by about half. Add the curry rue and stir to disolve.
5. Taste the concoction. If it seems weak, add more rue. If you want it spicier, add some spice. Make it your own!
6. cook until the curry is your desired thickness, and serve with rice.
- I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.