Smoked Mackerel Sushi Bowl

Mar 5, 2021 | Fish and Seafood, Recipes

When you want sushi but don’t want to buy or make it, a sushi bowl is the next best thing. It’s everything you love about sushi, but without having to roll it. This particular sushi bowl is made with smoked mackerel, homemade teriyaki sauce, carrot, edamame, sushi rice, and smoked nori snacks. You can follow the recipe as is or create your own ingredient combination based on your favourite sushi roll. Alright, let’s get to it.

Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki, as we know it, is not really teriyaki sauce. The stuff you buy at the grocery store is thickened with cornstarch and usually has garlic and ginger in it. Authentic teriyaki sauce is basically sweetened soy sauce. The sweet and salty flavour of teriyaki sauce is the perfect thing to put on the smoked mackerel in this sushi bowl. The sauce works just as well on smoked salmon, fresh salmon, scallops, chicken, or whatever else you can think of. To make it combine a 1/4 cup of soy sauce with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of sake or water. Bring the mixture to a boil in a small pot and cook for 2 1/2 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot as it may boil over. Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Teriyaki Sauce

A simple and delicious teriyaki sauce recipe that you will want to always have in your fridge.
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: teriyaki sauce
Servings: 4
Author: Chef Ben Kelly


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tabelspoons sake or water


  • Combine all the ingredients and boil for 2 1/2 minutes.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a month.
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Sushi Bowl Ingredients

The sushi bowl ingredients are sushi rice, seasoned rice vinegar (which you can buy at most grocery stores), edamame, carrots, scallion, smoked mackerel, wasabi, teriyaki sauce, and smoked nori snacks (you can find these in most grocery stores too).

Prepping The Sushi Bowl

To prepare the sushi bowl’s ingredients start by cooking the rice. Follow the rice package instructions for two servings, then mix the seasoned rice vinegar into the cooked rice. Put the edamame in a small pot, cover with water, boil for four minutes and drain.

Cut the vegetables

While the rice and edamame are cooking julienne (cut into matchsticks), a two-inch chunk of carrot, and thinly slice two scallions.

The Mackerel

Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add in a teaspoon of cooking oil. Sear the mackerel on both sides for a minute or two to heat it through. I used homemade smoked mackerel that I smoked this summer, but you can buy it in most grocery stores. If you don’t want to use smoked mackerel, you can use smoked salmon instead (don’t heat it). You can also roast a piece of salmon or any other type of fish you’d like to use.

Putting the Smoked Mackerel Sushi Bowl Together

To put the sushi bowl together, start by putting the rice down, then the edamame, the carrot, the fish, dress the fish with the teriyaki sauce, put a few dabs of wasabi around the bowl, garnish with the scallions, and put the nori sheets on the side.

Smoked Mackerel Sushi Bowl

Everything you love about sushi, but in a bowl.
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Chef Ben Kelly


  • 1/2 cup uncooked sushi rice
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shelled edameme
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 2 fillets smoked mackerel
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrots
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 2 slices scallions


  • Cook the sushi rice according to the instructions on the package. Then stir in the seasoned rice vinegar.
  • Put the edameme in a small pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes. Drain the beans.
  • Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cooking oil and the mackerel to the pan. Cook for a minute or two per side or until the mackerel is browned and warm.
  • Divide the cooked rice among two plates. Top the rice with the edamame, carrots, mackerel, teriyaki sauce, and scallions. Put a few dots of wasabi around the plate.
  • For an authentic sushi taste serve the bowl with a side of smoked nori snacks.
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The Wrap Up

What I love about this sushi bowl is how simple it is and how fresh it tastes. You can throw the whole thing together in as long as it takes to cook the rice, and you get the flavour of good sushi with much less effort. Make this recipe as is, or use it as a template to make your own sushi bowl creations.

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