Mebaru | Japanese Black rock fish

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Name Black rock fish
Other name Japanese red sea perch, Japanese red rock fish
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Latin name Sebastes inermis
Japanese name 目張 -
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Sebastidae
Species S. inermis
Genus Sebastes

Flavor & Texture
Mebaru is very rare to be eaten as sushi. The meat is crunchy and tender. The flavor is moderate rich and has great balance of fat. The meat has slighly sweet-sour hint at the end. The color of the meat is slightly similar to snapper; white clear to pink.

The average size is 20 cm. However, they might grow to 35 cm and weight 1.8 lb. It is consider an expensive fish.

Mebaru can be found anywhere in Pacific Ocean, coast in Japan and Korean Peninsula. They can be caught by net. The season is spring to summer.

Sushi Preparation
It is challenging to take off the skin and bones this un-appealing looking fish. This is the reason why this is un-popular fish for sushi even this is expensive fish because this fish is usually served as stew.

Moderate oil content, a little high mercury.


Nutrition Fact 100 grams +3.5 oz
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Mebaru, Yasu, Toronto


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