As Japan is an island country, it shouldn’t be surprising that seafood comprises much of the Japanese diet. It is also natural that they have a wide variety of preparing all different kinds of seafood.
If you do not like eating raw fish, the main component of one of Japan’s most iconic dishes, you can still try it grilled or boiled or fried, etc.
In this post, I will be introducing some of the many ways that the Japanese eat fish.
Did you know that grilled fish is a common breakfast for many Japanese? Served with rice and miso soup, it makes a hearty start to your day.
Even rice balls or “onigiri”, most fillings are made of fish such as salmon and tuna besides pickles and seaweed.
In America, kitchens usually come with an oven. In Japan however, most kitchens do not come with an oven but they do come with a fish grill. It is like a little broiler under the stove, perfect for nicely grilling up your fish. These little grills are quite handy. I like to use mine to make toast 🙂
Of course sushi and sashimi makes up a large portion of fish consumption in Japan. Most fish is flash frozen on the boat it is caught on to kill parasites and preserve freshness. I have also heard that freezing the fish actually makes it taste better.
Now I will make you hungry with many pictures of delicious looking fish dishes :p
The Japanese have the longest average lifespan in the world. Why do you think this is? Is it because of all the fish they eat?
…I do not know myself but I am sure it does play a part. Fish is very good for you as it is low fat and high protein and a source of other goodies such as Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating fish is good for the heart and the brain.
Fish Hot Pot or Nabe
I hope this post has given you an appetite for fish, especially Japanese style fish.
Thank you for reading and see you next post!
Written by Christine and Monthly.