Kara-age Fried Baby Horse Mackerel

Baby horse mackerel can be eaten from head to tail when deep-fried. Packed with calcium and protein, this is a great snack for kids and adults alike!

Kara-age Fried Baby Horse Mackerel
Photographed by Akio Takeuchi

Recipe by
Masami Kobayashi





Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 10-12 baby horse mackerel (13-15 cm long) (approx.240 g)
  • [A]

    • 1 tbsp sake
    • 2 1/2 tsp soy sauce
    • 2 1/2 tsp honey
    • 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Oil for deep frying, as needed
  • Potato starch, as needed
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • A pinch of black pepper (coarsely ground)
  • Butterhead lettuce, as needed
  • White sesame seeds, as desired



Prepare the fish. Open the gill flaps and pull out the gills and guts with your thumb and index finger. Thoroughly wash the cavity and pat dry.


Pour oil into a frying pan to a height of about 2 cm. Heat to 160°C. Lightly dust the fish with potato starch and deep-fry for about 6-7 minutes. Raise the temperature to 190°C and fry for another 2-3 minutes until crisp. Drain and place in a large heat-resistant bowl.


Discard the frying oil and wipe the frying pan with a paper towel. Add [A] and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer to thicken the liquid. When the bubbles start getting bigger, pour into the bowl. Add 1 tsp of sesame oil and coat the fish.


Plate up and sprinkle with a pinch of black pepper. Garnish with butterhead lettuce, and sprinkle with white sesame seeds to taste.