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grilled atlantic mackerel with thin white noodles

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 365 kcal
  • Total Time: 30 m
    • Prep: 10 m
    • Cook: 20 m
  • Japanese: Yaki-saba-sōmen
Grilled Atlantic Mackerel with Thin White Noodles


  • 4 pieces (180 g) Atlantic mackerel
  • 200 g dried thin white noodles (sōmen)
  • 45 g scallions or chives
  • a little salt
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 480 ml water
  • 240 ml sake
  • 4 liters water for boiling noodles
Step 1

step 1:

Wash and pat dry the Atlantic mackerel and lightly salt them on the fleshy side. Place on a grill under high heat. Grill each side for 3 or 4 minutes.

Step 2

step 2:

Pour the 4 liters of water into a pan. Bring to a boil and add the dried thin white noodles (dried sōmen). Boil for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Step 3

step 3:

Add a cup of cold water to the pan if the water starts to boil over. After boiling, drain the noodles in a colander and quickly run cold water over them.

Step 4

step 4:

Because too much starch and salt on the noodles can make them taste slimy, wash them with your hands under cold running water to remove any extra starch.

Step 5

step 5:

Chop the scallions (or chives).

Step 6

step 6:

Add the water, sake, sugar and soy sauce in a pan. Bring to a boil and add the Atlantic mackerel. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 7

step 7:

Add the noodles to the pan and mix. Remove from the heat.


Serve in a dish. Sprinkle the chopped scallions (or chives) over the top.


The combination of grilled Atlantic mackerel and thin white noodles is very good. Yaki-saba-sōmen is a traditional dish in Nagahama City in Shiga Prefecture (famous for Biwa Lake, the largest in Japan).