Sushi vs. Sashimi vs. Nigiri: Know The Difference!

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Are you new to the world of sushi? There are many Japanese words that refer to sushi. However, let’s not forget about the basics: sashimi and nigiri.

First, Sushi. Many people think of sushi as raw fish when they hear the term. But, sushi is defined by its rice and not fish. Sushi is a broad term that can be used to refer to:

Japanese dish made with vinegared rice, usually seasoned with sugar and salt. It can be served with a variety of toppings, toppings, condiments, and preparations.

Sushi rice is the key ingredient to sushi. The most common sushi dishes are makizushi (rolled sushi), chirashizushi (scattered sushi), inarizushi, a pouch of fried tofu stuffed with sushi rice, and nigiri sushi (hand-pressed sushi). More on that later.

Next is Sashimi a Japanese delicacy that consists of raw fish and meat cut into thin pieces. It’s often served with soy sauce or wasabi. Sashimi does not contain rice, so it is not considered sushi. Sashimi is often the first course of a formal Japanese meal. It is cut in different thicknesses to emphasize the delicate flavors and textures of the meat or fish.

We also have Nigiri. Many people mistakenly confuse sashimi and nigiri. We all know that nigiri, which is commonly called “hand-pressed sushi”, is a type of sushi. The topping is placed on top of the sushi chef’s oblong mounds of sushi rice. Although the topping is almost always sliced fish it can also include other ingredients like eel or Japanese egg omelets, roe (fish eggs), uni, sea urchin, and more. The presentation of loose ingredients such as sea urchin and roe is slightly different. A hand-pressed mound made of rice is wrapped in seaweed, then filled with the loose topping.

We have sushi, sashimi, and nigiri. There are many other Japanese words that refer to sushi. We’ve already touched on maki and roe. uni is another example. As with all things in life, it is important to learn the basics before you move on to the more complicated. We wish you a growing love for sushi and a greater appreciation for it.

This post was written by a professional at Suhi Inc. If you’re looking for one of the best downtown St Petersburg restaurants for sushi, then look no further. Sushi Inc is a vibrant Japanese bar and restaurant that offers live music, traditional hand-rolled sushi and a friendly atmosphere. Residents love our award-winning, fresh and creative Sushi rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi. With a larger selection of tempura, non-Sushi, and teriyaki options, we can accommodate every taste.–




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