Easy Japanese Canned Mackerel Recipe

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If you wonder how to eat canned mackerel and rice, this Japanese canned mackerel recipe is for you! It’s simple and easy to make but so delicious!

Japanese Canned Mackerel Rice

Canned mackerel is a popular choice among canned fish in Japan. It’s a fatty fish and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It’s easy for busy families to cook nutritious meals with various vegetables, so we always keep cans of fish in our pantry.

If you love Japanese rice and mackerel, this authentic flavored rice is perfect for you!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You are looking for a canned mackerel recipe with rice.
  • You are looking for a Japanese canned mackerel recipe.
  • You wonder how to eat canned mackerel.

Let me show you how to make one of my favorite canned fish recipes!
Let’s get started!

About This Recipe

  • Japanese mackerel recipe
  • Canned mackerel and rice
  • Cook rice on the stove (You can cook it in a rice cooker too)
  • Cooking time: 55 minutes (soaking time 30 mins)

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients of Japanese Canned Mackerel Rice
  • Japanese short-grain rice: It’s very starchy, soft, sticky, and sweet compared to long-grain rice. If you are unfamiliar with it, you can check this recipe: How to Cook Japanese Short-Grain Rice on the Stove. You can also substitute it with other types of rice (ex. brown rice)
  • Canned mackerel: This recipe uses the type of mackerel in water with no salt added. You can also use the one in oil, although it might get a little greasy if you don’t remove the extra oil. (You can read more about canned mackerel in the FAQ below.)
  • Other ingredients: Carrot, ginger, aburaage, and scallion. Aburaage is deep-fried tofu, which adds a little chewy texture to the dish. Please feel free to ignore it if you can’t find it at a store.
  • Seasoning: Sake (Japanese rice wine), soy sauce, and salt.

Canned Mackerel

Japanese canned mackerel

Canned mackerel is great because it’s:

  • Nutrient-dense food such as healthy fats (DHA and EPA) and vitamin D can contribute significantly to meeting your daily values.
  • Versatile in various cooking methods and easy to cook with.
  • Available all through the year.
  • Reasonably priced.

DHA is an essential element for brain development, so if you have children, it’s good to make fresh mackerel recipes for their growth.

It’s not only nutritious but also easy to cook with. You can make mackerel omelettes, mackerel burgers, mackerel fish cakes, stir fry, pasta, mackerel melts, mackerel salad, mackerel patties, etc. The usage is endless!

🔪Instructions

I’d like to go over how to make it. You can also watch this video.

How to make Japanese Canned Mackerel Rice
  1. Prepare rice: The first step is to rinse the rice. Rinse rice under running water 3-4 times quickly, and soak in water for over 30 minutes. Soaking is the key to having fluffy and chewy Japanese rice. If it’s not soaked, the rice grain center will remain hard.
  2. Prepare ingredients: Shred carrots and ginger, cut aburaage into strips, and chop scallions. Open the lid of the canned mackerel and drain the water. If you want to remove the fat on the mackerel, wrap it up and dry it with paper towels.
  3. Bring to a boil: Drain the water in the pot, add 2 cups of water (360ml), and turn on the heat over medium heat to bring to a boil. Then add sake, soy sauce, and salt.
  4. Stir: Stir with a shamoji (Japanese rice spoon) or a big spoon.
  5. Simmer: Place carrots, ginger, aburaage, and mackerel on top, cover, and simmer for 12 minutes on low heat. (We don’t mix ingredients with rice at this point; we will at the end.)
  6. Steam: Turn off the heat and leave it for 10 minutes with the lid on. (The rice inhales steam inside the pot and will become more fluffy.)

Open the lid, add the chopped green onion, and stir the hot steamed rice gently.

Japanese Canned Mackerel Rice

Enjoy it right away; that’s the best way! It has deep flavor and is such a delicious meal!

After adding the chopped scallion, I usually stir and make the mackerel into smaller pieces; it’s an easy way to eat for kids.

Japanese Canned Mackerel Rice

As shown in the photo above, you can serve it by placing a chunk of fish and sprinkling the scallions on the top instead of making a mackerel mixture. This one looks more photogenic. Either way is good!

Storage

If you have leftovers, wrap one serving in cling wrap and keep them in the freezer. For best results, please eat within one month.

Please warm it in the microwave when you eat it.

Dishes to serve with

Why don’t you serve these with traditional Japanese dishes to make a complete meal?

Rice and Canned Mackerel FAQ

What is the ratio of water to rice?

The ratio of rice to water for Japanese rice is 1:1 or 1:1.1, depending on the rice. If it’s too much water, then the rice will not be sticky and will be mussy.

Can I use a rice cooker?

Sure. In that case, put rice, water, and seasoning in a rice cooker pot, stir, and place ingredients (except scallions) on top and cook. It will take about one hour.

Can I add the soup of the canned mackerel, too?

Yes, you can. Some canned mackerel recipes use a whole can because the soup (or oil) contains plenty of nutrition from mackerel.

What other ingredients do you recommend?

Bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, mushrooms, and root vegetables such as radish and burdock are great! Hijiki (seaweed) is also a good choice.

How do you eat canned mackerel?

You can make omelettes, stir fry, pasta, sandwiches, salad, patties, etc. There are so many different ways to enjoy it!

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Easy Japanese Canned Mackerel Recipe

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Prep: 35 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Author: Juri Austin
If you wonder how to eat canned mackerel and rice, this Japanese canned mackerel recipe is for you! It's simple and easy to make but so delicious!

Ingredients

  • 360 ml Japanese Short-grain Rice, 300g or 2 Japanese rice cups
  • 360 ml Water, 2 Japanese rice cups
  • 1 Canned Mackerel, 190g
  • 1/2 Carrot, 80g
  • 1 Aburaage, 25g
  • 1 clove Ginger
  • 1 Scallion

Seasoning

  • 2 Tbsp Sake
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Prepare rice: Rinse rice under running water 3-4 times quickly, and soak in water for more than 30 minutes.
  • Cut ingredients: Shred carrots and ginger, cut aburaage into strips, and chop scallions.
  • Drain canned mackerel: Open the lid of the canned mackerel and drain the water.
  • Bring to a boil: Drain the water in the pot, add 2 cups of water (360ml), and turn on the heat over medium heat to bring to a boil.
  • Add seasoning: Add sake, soy sauce, and salt and stir.
  • Simmer: Place carrots, ginger, aburaage, mackerel on top, cover, and simmer for 12 minutes on low heat.
  • Steam: Turn off the heat and leave it for 10 minutes with the lid on.
  • Stir: Open the lid, add the chopped scallion, and stir gently.

Video

Notes

  • Equipment: Staub cocotte pot 18cm, Shamoji (rice paddle), Rice cup.
  • Storage: Wrap one serving in cling wrap and keep them in the freezer. It will last up to one month.
  • Portion: This recipe will make 4 servings for adults and 6 for children. 
  • Japanese rice cup is 180ml.
  • After steaming for 10 minutes, don’t forget to stir the rice. If you don’t stir, the rice will get hard.
  • If you want to use a rice cooker, rinse rice, mix seasoning, place ingredients on top, and press the cook button.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.6g | Protein: 17.8g | Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 37.5mg | Sodium: 619.6mg | Sugar: 1.3g
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese canned mackerel rice, takikomi gohan
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  1. 5 stars
    What a great post on takikomi gohan! It’s actually my favorite flavored rice dish, and I just made a batch for today’s bento. I’m sure the whole office will be jealous when they get a whiff of it at lunchtime. The combination of flavors and textures makes it absolutely irresistible. Thanks for sharing this – it inspired me to bring a little joy into the workday with a delicious homemade meal!

    1. Thank you for trying this mackerel rice recipe! I’m happy to hear the dish brings a little joy at work! I’m working on adding obento recipes here so come visit me again!

  2. 5 stars
    Nice recipe, thank you for sharing!
    I didn’t add tofu and was out of green onion so I caramelized some red onion separately.
    Used a small rice cooker instead of a pot, worked really well!

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for this recipe! I was trying to find a new recipe for canned mackerel and came across this one. I had all ingredients already (except aburaage), so I decided to give it a go. It was super tasty, and so easy to make. I’ll definitely make it again!