Satsuma age (deep fried fish paste)

Satsuma age (deep fried fish paste) is a popular home cooking food in south of Japan. Because my grandparents were from that area so whenever or whoever visited their house, my grandma made fresh homemade satsuma age. Maybe making satsuma age for guests means to say “hi” to their guests. Although they have passed away a few years ago, these are still wonderful memory.

How people eat satsuma age is different in each area. In the south area people eat them without sauce so satsuma age has stronger flavour. In most of areas satsuma age is served with soy sauce, ketchup or chilli sauce so taste should be a bit weaker. Because in England people tend to east foods with sauce, my recipe use less salt and sugar. Otherwise you will have a heart attack!

Here is one thing to tell you all who think Japanese food is healthy. Remember; miso, soy sauce, pickles, rice cake and ramen soup… most of Japanese foods have a lot of salt. Study shows the area where more people eat salty foods has high rate of getting sickness. You should be careful when you take more Japanese food in your life. I do not want to make you sick because of my recipes!


[Ingredients] 3-4 serving

  • White fish 50g
  • Onion (medium) 1/2
  • Grated ginger 1 tablespoon
  • Salt
  • a few pinch of salt
  • Corn flour 1.5 tablespoons


These are the most fundamental ingredients. You can also enjoy by adding salsifis, sweet potato, carrot or edamame. If you like my recipe please try these ingredients too!



  1. Chop fish on a cutting board and grind them with a wooden pestle. If you have a blender, it would be easier.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and mix well with wooden pestle. Repeat this a few times. then it gradually becomes sticky.
  3. Add corn flour and salt and keep mixing well.
  4. Add grated ginger and finely chopped onion into the fish mix well.
  5. Deep fry fish paste with preheated (180-200 degree) oil for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Serve satsuma age with ketchup or soy sauce etc. (my husband likes them with ketchup. I could enjoy them without any sauce though!)



I hope all of you has or had a lovely weekend!xx










Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s