Want to get into sushi, but don’t know where to begin? Check out this guide to sushi types, safety, and more from Save!
Clueless when it comes to sushi? Maybe you're curious but have no idea what you’re looking at. Maybe you tried California rolls and now you want to branch out. Either way, sushi can be a pretty complex topic. So let’s break it down as we look at different Japanese sushi types, safety considerations, and tips for eating it like a pro.
Sashimi is often referred to as a type of sushi, but it’s actually a completely different item. Sashimi is meat or seafood over daikon or another garnish, without any rice. Sushi refers to any dish made with sushi rice. Still, you might order both sashimi and sushi at the same meal, so it’s helpful to know what you’re getting.
There are five basic sushi types, classified according to how they’re prepared:
It’s very different from other kinds of rice. All Japanese chefs have their own secrets for making the perfect sushi rice. But at its heart, sushi rice consists of premium short-grain white rice, rice vinegar, salt, and sugar.
Since the majority of sushi contains raw fish, there is always the possibility of foodborne illness. You can reduce your risks by choosing high-quality, highly rated sushi restaurants. Supermarket sushi is generally considered safe, but you should always eat it the day you buy it and throw out anything that smells fishy or looks discolored.
If you’re generally healthy, you can safely eat about two raw fish meals per week. More than that, you risk consuming too much mercury and other toxins. If you have underlying health conditions, it’s safer to stick to cooked varieties of sushi.
Sushi may look intimidating, but it’s actually pretty simple. Learn the five types, decide which ingredients you enjoy, and then dig in.
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