Sushi-grade fish is the unregulated term used to identify fish deemed safe for raw consumption. Read on to learn more about this term and meaning.
Purchasing fish for raw consumption might be nerve-wracking, especially if you’ve never done it before. Because certain types of fish are more susceptible to parasites than others, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the different fish species prior to purchasing sushi-grade fish. Here are the things to look for and when purchasing this delicious and essential sushi ingredient.
First, What is Sushi-Grade Fish?
Sushi-grade fish (or sashimi-grade) is a term used to identify fish considered safe for raw consumption. Most fish vendors will use the term “sushi-grade” to indicate that a specific supply of fish is the freshest and of the highest quality available. Sushi-grade fish usually involves flash-freezing the fish prior to selling it, as doing so kills any existing parasites.
Flash-freezing is typically done in commercial fishing boats or by a wholesaler, long before it ever reaches your plate or the restaurant.
Despite the fact that stores use the term ‘sushi-grade fish,’ it’s an unregulated term, meaning that there are no official guidelines for utilizing this label.
How to Buy Sushi Grade Fish
Here are a few things you should know and ask prior to purchasing your fish.
- Go to the right place – Go to a respectable fishmonger or market and look for a store that sells out of fish quickly, receives frequent shipments, and employs knowledgeable employees.
- Ask the right questions – Do not be afraid to inquire about the origins of the fish, how it was handled, and how long it has been on the premises. If the fish was processed at the store, ask whether the equipment was sterilized to prevent cross-contamination from non-sushi-grade fish.
- Use your senses – Touch and smell the fish. The flesh shouldn’t be soft or flaky and should just smell like the ocean. Because it will be eaten raw, seek bold colors that catch the eye.
Whether you’re making sushi, sashimi, ceviche, or crudo, enjoy every bite of your delicious sushi-grade fish. And since fish is highly perishable, make sure to consume it as soon as possible.
So the next time you head out to buy sushi-grade fish, keep these simple tips in mind. Or better yet, come dine at Sushi Mamilla, where we do all the homework for you!
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