Chinese Sauteed Mackerel Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 - 6


  • 1 large mackerel, about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds, cleaned, with head left on
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces peanut or corn oil
  • 6 thin slices fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into silken threads
  • 4 to 6 scallions cut into small rounds

  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon thin soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon thick soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Shaohsing wine or medium-dry sherry
How to cook Chinese Sauteed Mackerel:
  • Halve the mackerel, which at this weight is probably long, crosswise. Rub the salt all over the skin, crevices and cavity. Let stand for about 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the sauce: Mix together the soy sauces, sugar and wine or sherry.
  • Heat a wok or a heavy flat frying pan over high heat until smoke rises. Pour in the oil, tip the wok carefully to swirl it around the sloping edges, then pour all but about 3 tablespoons into a container.
  • Reheat the oil, add the ginger slices and fry until brown, then discard. Lower the heat, wait until the oil is less hot and then add both pieces of mackerel. Fry for about 5 minutes, to brown the skin. Turn over and brown the other side for about 5 minutes. Turn over again and continue to shallow-fry for about another 3 minutes, adding about 1 tablespoon of oil around the edges of the fish. Repeat with the other side.
  • Pour the sauce over the fish and sprinkle on the silken threads of ginger. Cover and continue to cook for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle on some of the scallions and cook, covered, for a few more seconds. Transfer to a warm serving plate and pour the sauce from the wok or frying pan over the fish.
  • Put the 2 pieces of mackerel side by side or join to form a "whole" mackerel. Sprinkle the remaining scallions on top and serve.

This recipe for Chinese Sauteed Mackerel serves/makes: 4 - 6

The Chinese Sauteed Mackerel recipe is adopted from Yan-Kit's Classic Chinese Cookbook by Yan-Kit 1998.

Main Ingredient: Mackerel (more Mackerel recipes)
Preparation Method: Pan Fried/Sauteed (more Pan Fried/Sauteed recipes)
Cuisine: Chinese (more Chinese recipes)

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