Pacific saury (sanma)
Posted on September 28, 2017 by jason toner No comments
It’s amusing that these beauties are often exported to the U.K. Where they are used as fishing bait. They are revered in Japan as a delicious entry into autumn and have many festivals celebrating the start of the season such as this one in Tokyo I visited.http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/meguro/event/meguro_sunma.html
Thousands visited the Meguro sanma matsuri with eager folks waiting in line for hours to sample the fish fresh off the grill. I was perplexed as to the motivation behind this fervent enthusiasm but it all seemed to make perfect sense when I was in the sea of ecstatic revellers.
Usually enjoyed with grated daikon and sudachi, they also love a quick grilling brushed with roasted garlic ponzu.
Also known as mackerel pike, they are high in omega 3 ‘s and are abundant so they can be eaten with a clear conscience.