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Mackerel, or Shime Saba is appreciated by sushi connoisseurs for its distinct oily flavors. To preserve the delicate flesh, a salt cure and rice vinegar rinse is practiced. You will commonly find raw mackerel served pickled. Enjoy as sashimi, nigiri, or experiment with sauces for a tasty cooked dish.
Shime Saba is much more sustainable than other sushi options, according to sustainablesushi.net. In addition, hand line fishing allows for a longer harvest season. The average captured mackerel is about a foot long, weighing from 0.6 to 1.2 pounds, an ideal size for sushi.
Found in tropical and temperate waters, fishers hunt mackerel from Norway to Morocco. Covering as much as 50 miles per day in this extensive habitat, mackerel’s swim muscles become the best meat, which is what you will receive from sushinut.com.
Known for their fighting ability and distance swimming, this long, cylindrical fish boasts a rich, oily texture and dry aftertaste. SushiNut recommends enjoying mackerel on a regular basis, as it’s good for both you and the environment.
Shime Saba is considered to be one of the healthiest choices in sushi fish, containing high levels of omega 3 and vitamin E. Although rich and oily, mackerel meat is relatively low fat and high in protein. In one ounce of sashimi there are 58 calories, 4 grams of fat and about 5 grams of protein.
When ordering sushi at a restaurant, notice how the chef uses a smaller knife for Shime Saba, and handles the fish with great care. Mackerel is difficult to work with, due to its delicate, oily nature. A dab of wasabi is sufficient seasoning for saba sushi. For a cooked dish, try simmering Shime Saba in a sauce with equal parts miso, sake, soy sauce, ginger, and mirin.
Each package of our flash frozen, sushi-ready Saba makes 7 to 8 pieces of sashimi. Remember to use your frozen Pickled Mackerel within 30 days for best results.
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