Although there are several Japanese restaurants nearby my house, the various kinds of eel with rice dish has a serving that costs dozens of dollars, tastes delicious, but kind of stressful when it comes to the price. In the Japanese restaurants, my favorite would be eel with rice except for sushi and ramen. But in the US, eel prices starts easily at $16, and most of them being frozen ell. If you are the same like me yet don't want to spend large amount of money and we can make super simple eel with rice at home. After eating more often, I got the idea of making eel rice dish by myself. Saving money is one aspect, mainly I enjoy the fun of cooking. The plump and tender eel pieces are wrapped in thick sauce, it's so fragrant! Just a few simple steps to make the plump and tender eel rice, which saves money and tastes delicious. You should definitely try it! Even if you have zero experience in cooking you can still complete this dish!
The most essential ingredient in this dish would be frozen eel. Normally we can't find it in the Chinese supermarket, the price varies in between $3 and $10. I got mine for $7 for 3 of them when they are on sale, it is super cheap!
For the rice I'm using the "Medium grain rice specially selected" I bought on Amazon, which costs only $15. The rice pieces are plumped up, round shaped and full of elasticity. It is especially suitable for sushi and Japanese rice dishes.
The seaweed fish floss is the perfect rice topping for this dish. It is particularly delicious to sprinkle directly on the eel.
Extras: If you like this dish with eggs, we may crack 2 eggs, season them and beaten the eggs up.
It only takes 3 steps to make this eel with rice dish:
- Place the eel on the grill pan. Put the parchment paper on the baking tray and brush with oil to prevent the fish from sticking to the pan. After preheating the oven to 380 degrees, put it on broil mode and bake the dish for 10 minutes.
- While the eel is getting grilled, cook the rice.
- When the rice is cooking, make the egg rolls by pouring the beaten and seasoned egg mixture into a pan and spread out as a thin layer. Pay extra attention to the hot oil in the pan then pour the egg inside. The eggs are easier to get spread out and can become thinner.
- After the rice is done cooking, serve the rice, add a spoonful of mirin and a spoonful of rice vinegar, and stir well. By doing this, the rice can become more sweet and has a refreshing taste.
- Spread the eel juice (available online or in Chinese supermarkets). If you can't find the eel sauce, you can use teriyaki or hoison sauce instead.
- Chop up the egg roll and spread it over the rice. Place the sliced eel and pickled radish (you can get Japanese pickled radish in Japanese supermarkets for the best taste). Sprinkle the chopped green onions.
- Last but not least, sprinkle some white sesame all over, that's the final touch.
Instead of making egg roll, we can also make the potato and eggplant for the dish as well as shown in the picture. If you enjoy this mouthwatering dish, sign up for our newsletter to get more updated recipes!
Time to show you the ingredients I got!
I personally prefer premium grade rice, like this one on amazon.
This is a 5 lbs rice bag, it is pretty good value. The brand is Nishiki, and it's best for making sushi or Japanese style meal. Share your experience below on using this kind of rice.
Below is the eel sauce I normally use for sushi and eel with rice.
This is the Otafuku Sushi eel sauce for Sushi rolls. It has no high fructose syrups, no cholesterol, no artificial preservatives, 100% vegan and gluten free. This can definitely adds a special taste to your dish!
Regarding the mirin, you don't have to use it, although it won't give you that flavorful taste. Since it contains alcohol, we should try to avoid it. I am still trying to find the ones that don't contain alcohol, although it would be kind of useless to do so since without alcohol there will be no such unique taste. So we don't have to use mirin in dishes and we don't need to find excuse to use it.