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Buri Nitsuke Recipe

Buri Nitsuke is yellowtail cooked in a strongly flavored sauce with Sake, Soy Sauce and sugar.  It is a very basic Japanese fish dish that can be made easily at home.

Nitsuke is a very important cooking technique in Japanese cuisine when preparing fish.  Make a strongly flavored sauce first, add fish to the sauce, and cook.  You could reduce the sauce until very thick, or finish the sauce rather thin for a lighter flavor.  On the other hand, Nimono or Nishime is usually vegetables cooked in water or broth first, then flavored with seasonings.  Vegetables may not be properly cooked through in an already strongly flavored sauce, therefore, Nitsuke is not a good way to prepare vegetables.

You could put raw fish directly in the sauce, however, the dish will have a more pleasant flavor in the end if you take an extra step.  By first blanching fish in boiling water for a couple of seconds, that will remove undesirable fishy smell.  Ginger also helps cut the fishiness and gives a nice complementary flavor to the fish.

If you don’t like yellowtail or want something else, you can use any white flesh fish, such as cod or sole.  It is very quick to make, and very traditionally Japanese.  Add some Miso Soup and Steamed Rice, and you will have a perfect Japanese meal!

Buri Nitsuke Recipe


  • 2" ginger
  • 2 white long onions
  • 2 fillets yellowtail
  • ice water
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) water
  • 1/4 cup Sake
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 2 Tbsp sugar


  1. Peel and slice ginger thinly. Cut white long onions into 2" lengths. Blanch fish fillets in boiling water for a couple of seconds. Immediately transfer to ice water. Remove after cooled, and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a medium pot, put water, Sake, Soy Sauce, Mirin, and sugar, and let them boil. Add ginger, onions, and fish into the pot. Place parchment paper over the fish, and cook about 10 minutes.

Buri Nitsuke Recipe

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  • Adom
    August 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Can you PLEASE make more ingredients with no alcohol because me and 1.6 billion people cannot consume alcohol or eat something that has it and I feel bad that me and my family cannot have a delicious japanese dinner without pork or alcohol. What can i replace the sake with to still make this very delicious and almost like the original? Will grape juice work?

    (PLEASE make recipes without these ingredients as it does not satisfy 22% of the populations needs) Or atleast tell us substitutes for those of us that cannot consume it in each recipe)

    Can Grape juice work in replacement for the sake?

  • fatima
    October 13, 2016 at 12:49 am

    hi, first i love japanese recipe but can you tell me substitute for sake since i can’t use sake?

    Thank you