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Questions about preparing and serving sushi - a Japanese food which commonly includes short-grain Japanese rice (mixed with rice vinegar, sugar and salt), fish or shellfish, and nori (seaweed paper). Sushi may contain cooked or raw fish or shellfish, or no fish at all. Sushi which includes raw fish is called sashimi. Also for questions about common sushi condiments wasabi and pickled ginger.

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How to keep rice in sushi-like dishes from drying out overnight?

So my kids like to take 'sushi' (that is, variations without raw fish) and sushi-like dishes (onigiri/onigiraza, musubi etc) to school for lunch. However in the mornings I don't have time to fully ...
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Can I eat shrimp veins in sushi?

I bought a sushi roll with shrimp, avacado, and cucumber and ate three-fourths of it before realizing that the shrimps hadn't been deveined. I could see quite a bit of the brown paste and I must have ...
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Why is vinegar not applied to rice used for onigiri like rice for sushi?

So sushi and onigiri (rice balls) are similar to a naive eye to me wherein there's some shaped rice. Sushi usually gets some vinegar for taste and to help it stick to my understanding. Yet onigiri ...
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When making sushi, why do you have to rinse the rice?

I'm interested in learning to make my own sushi. Every guide I have read has stressed that the rice has to be rinsed thoroughly. The bags of rice I generally buy say not to rinse the rice in order ...
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Sushi Salmon left uncovered overnight in fridge safe to eat?

I thawed raw sushi salmon the day before and then wrapped it in papertowels and put it in the fridge overnight, but I forgot to put a lid on the container. It the salmon still safe to eat? Since the ...
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How to stop sushi nori tasting too strong?

Vegetarian here (who doesn't eat fish), I love sushi and I've made it a few times at home and the technique is relatively pain free but the taste is just... off. From a shop, usually Yo-Sushi or ...
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Eating raw fish: what are parasite infection risks really: how big?

I make sushi often, and i never use sushi-grade fish...i simply buy fresh fish from the market. I know the requisites of frozen for 20 hours etc., but I know for sure there are many restaurants in ...
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Alternative to Escolar ("Butter Fish") for Nigirizushi

I want to make Nigirizushi with a fish similar to Escolar (also called Butter Fish), but prefer not to use that fish. Are there other fish with a similar taste and texture?
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Sea Urchin Roe (uni) -- is a mixed yellow and brownish color okay?

It is often very hard to even get uni in many places (which is blamed on sometimes weather and/or sea otters) and even when I can order it, it is not of uniform golden color but sort of mixed. I ...
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Sushi rolls opening up

Last night I made sushi rolls for the first time. The issue I encountered is that the rolls would open up when taking them with the chopsticks. The rice was super sticky and held very well, but the ...
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Should I season my sushi rice before or after cooking?

When I make rice for sushi, I season it with sugar, salt, rice vinegar, and mirin. I'm never sure if I should add these at the beginning or near the end of cooking the rice. Does it matter when I add ...
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Which types of fish in sushi must be cooked?

Sushi fish is raw... except for eel, which is a fish but is cooked. Are there other types of fish that are cooked in sushi? Is this a food safety issue? (e.g. shrimp/crab/seafood which aren't served ...
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Sushi rolls keep getting thin

I'm learning how to make sushi and the last problem I always get now is that my rolls end up getting too thin. I follow the guides I found on the internet to split the seaweed in half and put the ...
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how do you get sushi rice to not stick to your hands?

I am laying out my sushi rice by forming it into a ball with my hands and spreading it on the nori. I watched some video tutorials on this, and it seems like the rice is not sticking to the chef's ...
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Uses for a sushi mat other than making sushi [closed]

I recently tried sushi for the first time by making it myself. While I loved the rice and insides, I sadly did not like the flavor of the seaweed. I don’t think I will make sushi for myself in the ...
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If the supermarket farmed salmon says "Not for raw consumption" on the label, can I still use it to make sushi?

I have done my homework and read several reputable sources on this (e.g. this). The consensus on sushi-grade fish seems to be There is no real "sushi grade". It is a myth. Follow certain ...
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Process fresh salmon into Sushi / Sashimi salmon?

I am a Sushi and Sashimi lover, especially salmon flesh. I recently bought some fresh salmon from Taobao. It's not frozen and has been kept around 4°C for 24h (during delivery). The product page said ...
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How does one know if one can eat raw saltwater fish?

As I go spearfishing a lot, I have always lots of fish at home. After testing a variety of recipes, I was thinking of trying some sushi variations (sashimi, maki, uramaki, nigiri, tempura rolls). ...
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Sushi in lunch box? Sushi rice preservation

I want to make maki rolls for my 10 year old's lunch box. As I will be making the sushi rice the evening before, I will be refrigerating it until the next morning when I will do the maki rolls with ...
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Is it safe to eat sushi with different toppings (cooked and raw) after 24h? [duplicate]

I have been reading posts in the internet, but it just made me more confused. My conclysions after reading several posts of different websites: Some say that sushi (the rice) with sashimi (raw fish) ...
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Sushi/nori/yaki paper - out of date?

I make a lot of sushi. But, as I buy the paper/wrapper in 100's, sometimes I do not use it in what might be considered good time. I have searched and searched the packet for a sell or eat by date ...
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The art of Sushi: using wasabi to kill parasites

I've been to many sushi places and last night I went to a place that I've been to before (not that long ago either). When the sushi came, we noticed that it had wasabi spread on the rice, under the ...
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Do I have to discard leftover sushi?

We had a party Monday night and ordered Sushi for 20 people - about 25 percent of the Sushi went uneaten, mostly plain rolls like tuna and yellow tail. I would hate to throw out 10+ rolls - any ...
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How to avoid avocado in sushi rolls from darkening?

We are making some avocado rolls and want to put them in the fridge for eating tomorrow. We will of course wrap them very well but how to avoid the avocado turning black or darkening?
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What is the origin of spam musubi, a Hawaiian dish?

I love spam musubi...basically spam sushi. It is made with some rice(some people use sushi rice)' a 1/4" slice of spam, and some teriyaki sauce...it is wrapped with a sheet of nori. This is the basic ...
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What is this veggie sushi in japan?

I found this photo on the internet. I am going to japan next week. I would like to know what is the veggie on the sushi. I think it looks like some spring onion but would like to be sure.
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How long can frozen salmon be unrefrigerated and still be safe for sushi?

I've bought a small frozen salmon filet (in a non-vacuum sealed plastic bag) for sushi from a local Japanese market. It took about an hour to get it home via public transit, and the edges had thawed ...
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Japanese Ingredient question

I have a recipe I received several years ago from a sushi class I took for spicy tuna rolls. There is two ingredients I can't find when I search the web. They are: KOBASHI and TOBIASHI. Any idea what ...
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What can be substituted for vinegar in sushi rice?

If you could not use rice vinegar (for reasons of food allergy, perhaps), what could you use instead in sushi rice?
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How to make safe sushi

I'd always assumed that if you start with safe fish (appropriately stored/frozen), stay with "normal" fish (i.e. don't try to prepare poisonous puffer fish at home), and follow normal food hygiene ...
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Can store bought salmon be used for sashimi?

Is it safe to consume raw fish purchased at the fish counter of a typical suburban grocery store? If not, do you have any tips for finding sushi grade fish. Also, are there requirements for safe sushi/...
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Is IKEA frozen salmon safe to eat raw in sushi?

I was wondering if IKEA's frozen salmon was safe to be eaten raw in a home cooking environment? It's farmed which is a plus from what I've read, but I couldn't really find any data on their freezing ...
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How often is it safe to eat sushi?

Assuming the fish is prepared properly and is sushi grade, how many times per week can I eat sushi without having to worry about mercury poisoning and/or health concerns? I'm not sure if the kind of ...
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Is it safe to eat raw fish?

Raw chicken is generally considered not safe to eat. A lot of people eat sushi/sashimi though, and they are made from raw fish. So, how come that's safe (if it is)?
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Preserving taste when freezing fish

As some sort of continuation to this question: Is IKEA frozen salmon sushi safe? Will the freezing process to make fish sushi safe alter the taste of it, compared to raw, just caught and cleaned fish ...
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In the USA, does fish being served raw need to be frozen first?

I read an article from NYT a while back that flabbergasted me. The author claims "Food and Drug Administration regulations stipulate that fish to be eaten raw -- whether as sushi, sashimi, seviche, or ...
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Salmon nigiri sushi feels like melting in the mouth. How to achieve that?

I am trying to make sushi at home and I'm buying fresh salmon from Whole Foods. The sushi tastes good, but it's missing something. The salmon feels too "fishy" and solid. If one eats at a good sushi ...
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Is sushi so difficult?

I've read somewere in the net that sushi is an extremely difficult food to prepare. It will take at least one year just to learn to cook the rice, and ten year to complete the experience. It's so ...
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sushi rice vs pudding rice

I've done sushi a couple of times, successfully I must stress, and while in sainsbury looking for it I came across the pudding rice which looks exactly the same as the more expensive sushi counterpart....
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What are traditional sushi rolls originating from Japan? [closed]

I'm curious if there are an established traditional sushi rolls from Japan. I came across an article that says there are 86 different types of sushi rolls: https://www.bleepingworld.com/different-...
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How to dress sushi to better enhance all its flavours?

I would like to know what is the better way to dress sushi and sashimi. What I am looking for is how it was thought to be eaten and what are the ways a sushi piece is supposed to be dressed with soy ...
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sushi rice or paste

I do what the instructions say...I rinse my sushi rice till the water is clear, I soak the rice for 30 minutes, I bring the rice and water to a boil, cook on low for 20 minutes and what I get could be ...
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What is the best rice for sushi?

I love making sushi at home - it is a satisfying and delicious experience that is very quick and easy (and I can use whatever food is leftover in the house). However, I'm limited by the type of rice ...
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My sushi rice comes out chewy on top, mushy on the bottom

I recently moved & my new crappy stove won't cook my sushi rice correctly. My old stove cooked it perfectly according to the package directions: 1 1/2 cups rice to 2 cups water, combine, bring to ...
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How do I make spicy mayonnaise like Japanese restaurants use for sushi?

I've tried mixing mayonnaise and hot sauce together and it didn't taste right at all. Any Suggestions?
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Fish for Sushi/Sashimi

I finally learned how to make Sushi at home. Here is a link to a recipe that shows how to prepare store bought salmon. I tried it and it works beautifully. The chef's speaking and tone are annoying, ...
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How to tenderize squid for ika nigiri?

I was at a Sushi restaurant in San Diego today and ordered some squid nigiri. Although it had been roughly scored with a knife, it was still quite chewy. I'm assuming it was yari-ika. Is there a ...
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Cooking leftover sushi

I have two day old tuna nigiri in the fridge which smells fine. What I've read says to eat it within 24 hours. But if I cook the tuna then I can just go with raw fish guidelines?
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Where to purchase sushi-grade ahi tuna in Arizona? (or purchase online overnight shipping)

I was looking around and I couldn't find any good options for buying ahi tuna for sushi/sashimi in Arizona and was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction. I've also tried online ...
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What does Jiro brush on his sushi?

I recently watched the movie "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," and noticed that Jiro was always brushing some sort of liquid onto the sushi, but I can't figure it out. My hypothesis is that it's either some ...