Pacific saury (sanma)

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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.

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.

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Author: jason toner