Japanese Salt Broiled Fish and a Typhoon Day

by Tokyo Terrace on October 8, 2009

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Today we had our first real typhoon since moving to Japan. At 5:15am, hub’s cell phone rang, giving him the miraculous signal that school was canceled for the day. At that time, the sky was black with clouds and rain was coming down in sheets. While he was calling parents from his class, I was curled up under the covers, excited to sleep in a little and have a day at home with Brad. Who could complain having a random weekend-day on Thursday?

By the time I decided to get up, I was confused at the bright light I saw in the kitchen. Sunshine? But it is typhoon-ing! (yes, typhoon-ing is a word…at least to me) After a little more observation, I realized the wind was ripping through the area at an alarming speed, even causing water to spray up from the Tamagawa River occasionally. Definitely a morning to stay inside!

I had prepared for such an event when I went grocery shopping yesterday by buying enough food to get us through a full day of cooking. This worked out well since I wouldn’t have gone out in the wind and rain this morning even if you paid me!

So, in the midst of writing papers for my Master’s program and staring out the window at the brown, gushing river, I was able to make a Japanese recipe that I have had in restaurants here several times. Simple cuisine in the most honest sense: Salt Broiled Fish.

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This can be done with a whole, small fish or with fish fillets just as easily. Personally, I like the presentation of the whole fish. (And no, I did not have to clean this one like when I made Doug…)

So, if you have some great fresh fish available, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. The result is an incredibly flavorful, juicy fish with a simple, lovely presentation.

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Salt Broiled Fish

Serves 1 main course or 2 appetizer portions

1 whole, small fish (or fish fillet)

2 teaspoons sea salt

Lemon wedges and soy sauce for serving

Place the fish in a small pan. Sprinkle both sides with salt and let sit for up to 1 hour to allow the juices to release (this can be done in the refrigerator).

Heat the broiler. Place the fish under the broiler for about 3 minutes, then flip and broil on the other side for 4 minutes or until the skin turns brown and crispy.

Serve with lemon wedges and soy sauce.

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  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    We have a lot of small whole fish and this would be a great change from deep-frying. Most fish mongers would suggest deep-frying fish and they couldn’t suggest anything else. This is perfect for lazy nights.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    We have a lot of small whole fish and this would be a great change from deep-frying. Most fish mongers would suggest deep-frying fish and they couldn’t suggest anything else. This is perfect for lazy nights.

  • http://earlkai.blogspot.com/ cocopuff1212

    You got my vote! The fish looks positively Japanese. And you had a perfect dish for it :)

  • http://earlkai.blogspot.com/ cocopuff1212

    You got my vote! The fish looks positively Japanese. And you had a perfect dish for it :)

  • http://stumptownsavoury.com/ Stumptown Savoury

    Congratulations on your nominations. You got my votes.

    That’s a beautifully photographed fish, and the simplicity of the recipe is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://stumptownsavoury.com Stumptown Savoury

    Congratulations on your nominations. You got my votes.

    That’s a beautifully photographed fish, and the simplicity of the recipe is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.lafujimama.com/ Fuji Mama

    This is one of my all-time favorite dishes. I love how simple yet delicious Japanese food can be! I haven’t made this in forever though, because the variety of fish here in our local supermarkets is depressingly not really what you could call a variety.

  • http://www.lafujimama.com Fuji Mama

    This is one of my all-time favorite dishes. I love how simple yet delicious Japanese food can be! I haven’t made this in forever though, because the variety of fish here in our local supermarkets is depressingly not really what you could call a variety.

  • http://www.lafujimama.com/ Fuji Mama

    Oh, and forgotten to say, CONGRATS! You’ve got my vote in both categories. :D

  • http://www.lafujimama.com Fuji Mama

    Oh, and forgotten to say, CONGRATS! You’ve got my vote in both categories. :D

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Ooh, the skin of the fish looks salty/crispy good. This and a bowl of miso would make for a very comforting rainy/typhoony day. And yes, I did vote and I *wonder* whose Japan-based blog I voted for…? ;)

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Ooh, the skin of the fish looks salty/crispy good. This and a bowl of miso would make for a very comforting rainy/typhoony day. And yes, I did vote and I *wonder* whose Japan-based blog I voted for…? ;)

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com/ Kamran Siddiqi

    Oh My! You changed the whole layout of Tokyo Terrace and it looks absolutely beautiful! The fish looks beautiful as well! Great job! :)

  • http://thesophisticatedgourmet.blogspot.com Kamran Siddiqi

    Oh My! You changed the whole layout of Tokyo Terrace and it looks absolutely beautiful! The fish looks beautiful as well! Great job! :)

  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    So nice and simple. Perfecto!

  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    So nice and simple. Perfecto!

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: This is a great lazy night recipe. I love how little work it requires but that you can still have an impressive presentation and wonderful flavor.

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: This is a great lazy night recipe. I love how little work it requires but that you can still have an impressive presentation and wonderful flavor.

  • tokyoterrace

    cocopuff1212: Thank so much for voting for me! It was amazing how the dish I used seemed to perfectly cradle the fish…meant to be!

  • tokyoterrace

    cocopuff1212: Thank so much for voting for me! It was amazing how the dish I used seemed to perfectly cradle the fish…meant to be!

  • tokyoterrace

    StumptownSavoury: Thank you! Your nomination means a lot to me, especially with your great experience with food. Thank you thank you!!

  • tokyoterrace

    StumptownSavoury: Thank you! Your nomination means a lot to me, especially with your great experience with food. Thank you thank you!!

  • tokyoterrace

    Fujimama: Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can become an easy favorite? Thanks for voting for me, by the way! I am so flattered!

  • tokyoterrace

    Fujimama: Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can become an easy favorite? Thanks for voting for me, by the way! I am so flattered!

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabiprime: Adding a bowl of miso would have been perfect! I will do that next time for sure. Thanks SO much for your vote! I am so touched!

  • tokyoterrace

    Kamran: I certainly did! I just needed a little change…

  • tokyoterrace

    Wasabiprime: Adding a bowl of miso would have been perfect! I will do that next time for sure. Thanks SO much for your vote! I am so touched!

  • tokyoterrace

    Kamran: I certainly did! I just needed a little change…

  • tokyoterrace

    Jeroxie: Thank you!

  • tokyoterrace

    Jeroxie: Thank you!

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