Mackerel baked in soy sauce

Mackerel baked in soy sauce is an excellent option for a festive table. The fish turns out very juicy, aromatic, with an appetizing golden crust. This recipe contains a very successful marinade, due to which the mackerel turns out very tasty and tender. Lemon juice adds a zesty citrus note to the dish that’s just to die for!

If you love delicious baked fish, be sure to try this recipe. It is simple, affordable and quick to prepare. The unusual presentation looks very original and attracts the attention of guests.

If desired, you can place slices of potatoes, sweet potatoes or pumpkin on the bottom of the heat-resistant dish in which the mackerel will be baked. This way you will have both the main dish and a side dish ready at the same time. So, let’s try!

Ingredients for making mackerel baked in soy sauce:


  • Fresh frozen mackerel – 1 pc.

  • Soy sauce – 50 ml.

  • Refined vegetable oil – 25 ml.

  • Lemon juice – 15 ml.

  • Spices for fish – 0.5 tsp.

  • Salt – 0.25 tsp.

  • Ground smoked paprika – 0.5 tsp.

  • Ground black pepper – 0.25 tsp.

  • Fresh parsley – 20 g.

Recipe for mackerel baked in soy sauce

Step-by-step instruction:

1. Remove the mackerel from the freezer and defrost it on the refrigerator shelf or at room temperature. Wash the fish, cut off the head, tail and fins. Cut the mackerel carcass along the back, carefully remove the backbone and large bones. Open the fish fillet like a book. Clean the mackerel carcass from the insides, remove the black film.

2. Place the prepared fish on parchment paper, skin side up. Starting from the back, cut the mackerel into equal pieces on both sides. There is no need to cut the belly; it should remain intact and serve as a frame on which the pieces of mackerel will be held.

3. Turn each piece of mackerel on its edge, forming a kind of Christmas tree.

4. Prepare the marinade. In a deep bowl, combine soy sauce, vegetable oil and lemon juice. Add smoked paprika, ground black pepper and fish spices to the marinade. Add salt to the mixture to taste, keeping in mind that soy sauce is also quite salty. If you are using concentrated soy sauce, you do not need to add salt.

5. Using a pastry brush, brush the fish with the prepared marinade. Leave the mackerel at room temperature for 20 minutes to marinate and soak in the aromas of the spices.

6. Transfer the fish along with parchment paper into a heat-resistant baking dish. Place the mackerel in an oven preheated to 180 degrees for 20 minutes.

7. When the fish is browned, carefully remove it from the oven.

8. Serve the aromatic baked mackerel hot, garnished with herbs. Fresh vegetables and your favorite fish sauce will be an excellent addition. Mashed potatoes or fluffy rice work well as a side dish.

Bon appetit!

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