Foods The Best Fish for Sushi  

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List Rules Only types of fish that you would eat as sashimi or nigiri, not in a sushi roll.

What is the best type of fish to eat on sushi or sashimi when you go out to eat? Transitioning from the cutesy world of deliciously wrapped sushi rolls into the mystical world of sashimi (thinly sliced, raw fish) can be intimidating. For a beginner sushi eater, ordering raw food blindly off a menu may be the very reason you stick to the safety of sushi rolls. But this list of types of sashimi will teach you enough about the deliciously delicate raw fish to prompt some serious sushi cravings and boost your menu ordering confidence the next time you're out for Japanese fare.

Sashimi, the sushi roll's cooler, tougher, older brother, is all about the taste and cut of the fish. When you're eating a sushi roll, raw fish is usually smothered in cream cheese, avocado, or hot sauce, which is amazing and tasty and all, but you're sacrificing the integrity and flavor of a seriously delicious food for the sake of condiments. Sashimi is literally just the fish. Often, sashimi is draped over a small portion of rice and enjoyed with a little soy sauce or wasabi added to your bite - a preparation is called nigiri.

On this list of the best fish to eat raw, you'll learn the Japanese and English name for sashimi favorites listed on sushi menus across the globe. Vote up the types of sushi fish you like the most, and add whatever you think is the best fish to eat raw.
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124 41
Tuna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Maguro (Bluefin Tuna), Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna), Akami (red meat from the loins), Chu-toro (fatty belly meat), O-Toro (fattiest of belly meat)

2
120 41
Salmon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Sake

3
78 20
Amberjack/Yellowtail is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Amberjack/Yellowtail Kanpachi 

4
71 26
Eel, Unagi (うなぎ) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
sacsmartdeal added Eel, Unagi (うなぎ)

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52 18
Mackerel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Saba

6
51 20
Scallops is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Hotate

7
48 18
Red snapper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Matsugawa (cooked skin, raw flesh)

8
51 21
Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Amaebi

9
49 22
Octopus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Tako

10
41 16
Sea Bass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Suzuki

11
44 28
Sea urchin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi

12
17 5
King crab is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
drumminslife added

13
27 16
Bonito is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Katsuo

14
15 7
Soft-shell crab is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
drumminslife added

15
26 19
Horse mackerel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi

16
20 16
Abalone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Awabi

17
5 1
Escolar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
MatthewEnox added

18
12 9
Pacific saury is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Pacific Saury Sanma

19
10 7
Jumbo Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Jumbo Shrimp

20
16 15
Sea Bream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
Sea Bream Tai

21
1 2
Albacore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fish for Sushi
JTom added Albacore