Japanese Fish Species 16: Striped Horse Mackerel-Shima Aji-㠀縞鯵

Shimaaji/縞鯵, or Striped Horse Mackerel is one variety of Aji/鯵, Horse Mackerel-Saurel.
Although the season is said to be in Summer, the taste varies little with the time of the year.
Striped Horse Mackerel caught by anglers off the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture are said to be the best in Japan.
It is known under the other names of Ookami, Kose and Katsuoaji.

In English it called Striped Horse Mackerel, Saurel or White Trevally.
White Trevally, Pseudocaranx dentex, is a jack of the family Carangidae widespread in tropical and warm temperate areas between 40°N and 47°S, in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans. It has a deep body, and a greenish colour with metallic overtones and a dark spot above the gills. The fins are yellow.
In New Zealand, this Trevally is known by the Māori as Araara, and is generally confined to waters north of Cook Strait, although it sometimes reaches as far south as Otago in the summer.

It is a great fish to serve as sashimi, either in simple slices as above,

Or the whole fish as Tataki/tartare!

In Shizuoka, where the fish is usually served still alive, the bone and heads will be served later deep-fried. Superb snack!

The fish is easy to manipulate to make beautiful maki with daikon as above!

The sushi nigiri will have photograpers on constant alert!

See what I mean?

Of course, Aji can be enjoyed grilled with a simple seasoning of soy sauce or ponzu!

Like most white-fleshed fish it can be deep-fried in batter and breadcrumbs at home!

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2 thoughts on “Japanese Fish Species 16: Striped Horse Mackerel-Shima Aji-㠀縞鯵”

  1. Deep-fried bones and head! I would love the bones! I must try it one day with some other fish species (this one doesn’t exist here, at least I have never seen it, only the regular aji), but if I cut out fillets on my own there will be more flesh on the bones than in the fillets 😉

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    1. If the fish is fresh, it is the best way to get your regular amount of calcium!
      Dee-frying the bones with the flesh left on them is a good idea but you would have to deep-fry the bones again after eating out the flesh! LOL

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