Those who are beginning to dip their toes into the exciting realm of Japanese cuisine often ask:
What is sashimi?
Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy that consists of thinly sliced, extremely fresh raw meat or fish. Some people may use the terms ‘sushi’ and ‘sashimi’ interchangeably, but this is not correct as both are very distinct Japanese dishes.
What’s the difference between sushi and sashimi?
Sashimi is traditionally served on its own, without rice. It always consists of raw, fresh meat or fish. Sushi, however, is served with vinegared rice and may contain raw fish, cooked fish or no fish at all! It is a common misconception that the word ‘sushi’ means raw fish, and this is where the confusion between sashimi and sushi comes from. In fact, the word ‘sushi’ refers to the vinegared rice that is combined with the fish to make the dish we all know and love today. The word ‘sashimi’ translates roughly to ‘cut body’ or ‘pierced body’ in English, echoing the way the fish or meat is painstakingly sliced.
Common sashimi types
Raw fish is the most common type of sashimi. Sashimi featuring red meat is slightly rarer but does exist on the market. Bonito Tuna, Salmon, Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna are some of the most popular types of fish used to create sashimi, although prawns, scallops and even octopus are also used.
Is sashimi healthy?
Many people are initially put off at the thought of consuming raw fish and meat, especially in Western cultures where this is not the norm. However, chefs at reputable Japanese restaurants have extensive training in how to correctly prepare sashimi and know which types of fish are safe to serve raw. Healthwise, sashimi has many benefits. It’s a low carb meal, as it is served without rice. Fish like tuna and salmon are high protein, which is especially good for those trying to stick to a more paleo style diet. Sashimi also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce inflammation and help prevent stroke.
So, the next time you’re craving Japanese, don’t hesitate to try sashimi! Checkout our food menu, and visit us for a lunch or dinner.