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Eating Fish in Japan

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.

 

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Tsukiji market in Tokyo, the largest wholesale fish market in the world

 

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Obviously fish is a serious business in Japan;P

 

 

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.

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rice with grilled fish and miso soup, typical Japanese breakfast
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Grilled fish with rice, typical breakfast in Japan
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Grilled salmon with rice and miso soup

 

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

 

Sashimi

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Mixed seafood
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Hokkaido local fish
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Smaller platter
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Winter fish
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Sashimi

 

 

Sushi

 

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Nigiri sushi
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you can’t see rice but these are sushi too!

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Salmon roe

Sushi Bowls

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Sashimi fish bowl or “donburi”
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set with dessert

 

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Tuna bowl with soba set

Tempura

 

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Tempura
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Tempura goes really well with Soba noodle

 

 

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

 

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Japanese puffer fish, very popular as hot pot

 

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Hot pot made of paper!

 

I hope this post has given you an appetite for fish, especially  Japanese style fish.

If you are in Tokyo, make sure to check out Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest fish market in the world. If you are interested in making your own sushi, check out this sushi making experience.

Thank you for reading and see you next post!

Written by Christine and Monthly.

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