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Korean Grilled Mackerel
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5 from 9 votes

Korean Grilled Mackerel

Pro-tips on how to pan-fry mackerel. 
Course: Easy
Servings: 1 people


  • Fresh Mackerel - 1 whole
  • Rice water - enough to submerge the fish reference video
  • Flour - 1 Tablespoon
  • Curry Powder - 1 Tablespoon
  • Lemon - optional 


  • Clean the fish and take out its innards.
  • Soak the cleaned mackerel in rice water (or milk) for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Then rinse the fish off under cold water. 
  • Place the fish on a few paper towels. Pat it down dry.
  • Then mix the Flour (1T) & Curry powder (1T) together. 
  • Sprinkle the batter over the fish and coat both sides. Make sure to give the fish a few gentle pats to take off extra batter.
  • Cut the fish into two halves (if you haven't done already)
  • Put frying pan on a medium-high heat. Place in oil. Once it's hot, place the pieces in skin-side down. Let it grill for 1 minute, until the skin turns crispy. 
  • Once it's crispy, flip it over to the otherside. Reduce the heat to a low. And let it fully cook through for 3-5 minutes.
  • Once crispy on both sides, take out the pan and plate. 
  • (Optional: Give a few squeezes of fresh lemon over the fish)
  • Enjoy with a bowl of hot rice. (Be careful of the fish bones!) 


  • Please be careful of fish bones!
  • See video below for more details