Kinmedai no Nitsuke (Simmered Alfonsino) on a Celebration Day


“Kinmedai no Nitsuke”  is a local cuisine in Shizuoka Prefecture. Kinmedai means alfonsino and Nitsuke means simmer. So, you can say  “Kinmedai no Nitsuke” is a simmered alfonsino. It is cooked with soy sauce, sake, dashi and sugar. Put these ingredients into a pot and simmer until it is soft. It has absolutely rich flavor as soy sauce brings out the umami flavor from the kinmedai.

“Kinmedai no Nitsuke” was originally a special dish on a celebration day. Nowadays, it is still high quality fish and pricy, however it is popular across Japan.

If you have a chance to visit Shizuoka prefecture, you can enjoy fresh Kinmedai dish at a local restaurant.


Kinmedai is sold at the local fish market as a high quality fish.


Dried Kinmedai (Kinmedai no Himono) is also popular way of eating. Fish are laid flat and dried under the sun. We eat it as yakizakana (grilled fish).


Of course, fresh kinmedai can be enjoyed as sashimi too!


Shizuoka Guide by Shizuoka Prefectural Tourism Association