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Easy Baked Mackerel (Saba Fish)

Baked Mackeral

Tip: line baking tray with parchment paper for easy cleaning

Easy Baked Mackerel Recipe

This recipe has only a handful key ingredients: mackeral fish fillets, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins


  • 2 mackerel (saba) fillets (if using frozen, thaw before use)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • one lime (halved) or 2 lemon wedges

Condiment (Serving Suggestion)

  • ponzu sauce
  • grated daikon (white radish)


  • pastry brush
  • baking tray
  • parchment paper


  1. Pull out any bones from the mackerel fillet using kitchen tweezers.
  2. Brush olive oil with a pastry brush over the mackerel skin. Season the fillet with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  3. Line baking tray with parchment paper for easy cleaning. Place mackerel fillets skin side up. Bake the fillets at preheated oven of 200°C (392°F) for about 20 minutes, or until the skin starts to brown & crisp. Serve with lime and a side condiment of ponzu sauce.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. Feel free to cook more fillets, just make sure they occupy one layer on the baking tray.
  2. If you like a simple Japanese dip, you can add some grated daikon to a small saucer of light soy sauce or ponzo sauce.

Leave a Comment

29 Responses to “Easy Baked Mackerel (Saba Fish)”

  1. tigerfish — September 27, 2011 @ 2:31 am

    S&P may work better for me cos I don’t have teriyaki sauce….time to buy saba (mackerel) soon!


  2. Sook — September 27, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Mmm… this reminds me of Korea! My mom would always make fish this way…. Love it! Have fun at vacation!


  3. Norma — September 27, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    So easy and so good for you. I am so happy to live near China Town where I get all my fresh fish…it’s like catching them youself.


  4. mycookinghut — October 1, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    I love mackerel, this based mackerel looks so nice!


  5. Yan — March 27, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Hi, thanks for the recipe and i just tried it today. However, it was unsuccessful and i’m not sure where went wrong. The fillet was stuck to the paper and the skin was not crispy :( I was told to squeeze some lemon onto the skin then bake it to get the crispy skin….? I got it baked for around 20 minutes instead of 10 minutes.


    • wiffy replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

      Pat dry the fillet with paper towels, then brush olive oil. Face the fillets skin side up. If your oven has an adjustable rack, try to place it higher where the top heating coils are located. Also preheat the oven for 10 minutes. The baking time of 20 minutes is all right, the timing is until the skin becomes crispy. Hope you will be successful the next round :)


  6. Brandi — August 1, 2012 @ 4:06 am

    My husband went fishing this morning and caught a few of these! Glad I found your recipe! I never know how to prepare fish..


  7. choy — October 24, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Thank you! :) i just made this for my lunch, with some homemade teriyaki sauce i modified from a family recipe.
    2 tablespoons soy sauce (shoyu)
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    1/4 teaspoon minced garlic cloves
    1/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
    dot of sesame oil
    1 teaspoon chinese hua diao jiu (to replace mirin)

    Boil til the sugar is dissolved. Add more sugar or shoyu until you get the desired sweetness.


    • wiffy replied: — October 24th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

      Thank you for sharing your family recipe! Do you marinade the mackerel with the teriyaki sauce to bake in the oven, or do you cook the sauce separately, and drizzle it over the cooked fish?


  8. Cindy tan — February 3, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    May I know can I use black promfet to bake? Is it the same procedure? Many thanks.


  9. Peter in San Francisco, California — March 31, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    Great recipes & information for Mackeral by everyone!
    Costco stores just started selling Mackeral in their stores. It’s located in their frozen food section – with (7) individually packaged fillets, caught in Norway, for $14.79~ It was the first time I baked a fish. Just preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, then bake for 20-25 minutes. It tastes great! I like preparing it with olive oil & spreading chopped garlic with a sprinkle of oregano on top & then a dash of soy sauce over to finish it up with. I like cut up boiled potatoes & steamed Red Chard on the side! Enjoy your Mackeral dinner!


  10. sal — November 12, 2013 @ 12:20 am


    Recipe simple enough I. I used ghee butter season with italian seasoning & capers under the fillet. Fortunately, I caught the temperature stated in recipe as being incorrect 5mins after it was in the oven and changed it to 400C (recipes states 200C). Normally, I bake it skin side down, my kid love it like this. Trying your way today, sound delicious w/ crispy skin.
    Cooking now & will see how it turns out!


    • sal replied: — November 12th, 2013 @ 1:19 am

      This was deeeeelicious! I served it for lunch!! Crispy delicious skin, I usually never eat. Also 400°C is the the correct temperature for 10min cooking time once it was switched! I don’t see anyone mentioning the temperature, guess they knew….. Will be on my weekly menu.


      • wiffy replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:06 am

        200°C (392°F) as well as the recipe stated is correct. You are probably referring to the Fahrenheit temperature.