Smoked Mackerel Teriyaki with crispy rice

smoked mackerel with teriyaki sauce and crispy rice

When I grew up my mom sometimes bought a whole, smoked mackerel. She removed skin and bones, boiled potatoes and stewed some spinach, a quick and easy lunch and I always loved it. Smoked mackerel tastes wonderful, if you have a fishmonger to buy it from go there and buy it. It will most likely be more fresh than vaccum packed supermarket mackerel and you will support local business.

I got my smoked mackerel from Jenkins Fish & Game, the mackerels are smoked golden and taste delicious.


Smoked Mackerel



Mackerel is an oily fish and it is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. I dont eat enough of it but this time I couldn’t resist getting some.


I wanted a teriyaki sauce to go with the smoked mackerel and I found a recipe on the Adventure Bites blog here. I used this as a base with some amendements.


Maple Teriyaki sauce

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time 3-5 minutes 

serves 4


  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Place all of the ingredients in a pan, whisk and bring to a boil. Let it boil for a couple of minutes so the starch can develop and then take the sauce of the heat and let it cool.

The sauce is packed with flavor and it is delicious.


I had some left over sushi rice that I shaped in to squares and pan fried in vegetable oil. Some squares were not packed enough and fell apart but it tasted amazing.

I did a green salad to go with the mackerel and rice. I did a dressing with mango and lime vinegar and olive oil, it added a nice acidity and balance to the dish.


smoked mackerel with teriyaki sauce and crispy rice


The crispy rice was delicious and a perfect way to use up left over sushi rice. I am not sure what my mom would have made of my take on the smoked mackerel but I hope she would have enjoyed it. The teriyaki sauce brought the dish together and it was a perfect dish on one of the first days this year that felt like summer.










6 Responses to “Smoked Mackerel Teriyaki with crispy rice”
  1. mistimaan says:

    Looks tasty Petra 🙂

  2. Conor Bofin says:

    I really like the idea of the crispy rice Petra. Very elegant presentation.

  3. chefkreso says:

    Looks divine 🙂

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