July 1, 2015

Simmered and Grilled Yellowtail/ぶりの煮魚と焼き魚

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to get two packs of two yellowtail heads each for only 100 yen each. I sprinkled each head with 1% salt, rubbed it well, put it in an I-Wrap bag, and stored it in the partial freezing component of the fridge.
Today, I decided to simmer two of them and grill the two others in the toaster oven.
I placed two heads in a frying pan, and added 200 ml water, 50 ml sake, 50 ml soy sauce, and 50 ml mirin (water + sake, soy sauce, and mirin ratio of 5:1:1). I placed two paper towels on top of them as a substitute for an "otoshi buta" (drop lid). I simmered them for 7 minutes, flipped them, and simmered them for another 5 minutes.
2つフライパンに入れ、水200 ml、お酒50 ml、しょう油50 ml、みりん50 ml(水+お酒:しょう油:みりんの割合は5:1:1)入れ、落し蓋の代わりにキッチンペーパーを2枚、上に載せ、7分煮ました。裏返してさらに5分煮ました。

7 minutes later

12 minutes later
I placed the two others in the toaster oven. I grilled them for 10 minutes.
10 minutes later.
I placed a sheet of aluminum foil on top of them to prevent scorching, and grilled them for another 5 minutes.
15 minutes later.
I later grilled them for another 10 minutes.
Very cheap yet very satisfying main dish!


Twilight Man said...

That was a good deal to pay 100 Yen for each head.
Over here, the folks would only cook curry with fish heads.
You just shared a good idea and do you eat them with rice?

Hiroyuki said...

Twilight Man: Each 100-yen pack contained two heads, so 50 yen for each head.

We do eat them with rice, and I want to remind you that Japanese traditional meals are always rice-centered, meaning that we always eat rice (staple) together with "okazu" (side dishes).

That being said, I've been on a diet for years, and I refrain from eating rice for supper, especially when I have alcohol at night.

Yubun said...

Delicious! Fish collars are one of my favorite and very underrated!

Hiroyuki said...

Yubun: Yes, fish collars and heads (the ones I showed here are heads, not collars) are underrated, and that's why I can get them so cheap!

muskratbyte said...

I love the heads of fish! I just caught salmon in Washington state, and I was sure to tell the man cleaning my fish that I wanted to keep the heads

Hiroyuki said...

muskratbyte: Yes, the head and collar are the best parts of a fish!