Mackerel Sushi in Sushi Menu
Spanish Mackerel is available year
round, but it is especially good during the summer. The fat content is
during this period since it gets ready to mate. The Spanish mackerel
unique scale (zeigo) that looks like
a zipper, and runs along the length of its body.
word aji is phonetically
identical to the word “taste” in Japanese, and is believed to bare its
a good taste, and was a popular fish for the lower class for its
Sometimes it is said to taster better than the Red Snapper, which is
the “King of Fishes” in Japan.
Fresh Spanish mackerel was most likely not available at most times
during the Edo
was enjoyed as a tataki or a
that is flavored with condiments. The Spanish mackerel version of tataki consists of sliced scallions,
perilla, myoga, garlic, and miso paste. These ingredients along with
the Spanish mackerel sashimi are roughly chopped and served on a small
this made it harder for the actual flavors of the Spanish mackerel to
tasted, it was the only option when it wasn’t extra fresh and needed
condiments to the refine the taste.