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What is sushi?Updated a month ago

Sushi is a simple food with complex flavors and devotees that span the globe.

There are several terms that are often used interchangeably but here is an overview of what these terms mean.

  • Sashimi - sliced raw seafood served on its own
  • Sushi - raw or cooked seafood combined with vinegared rice and sometimes with other ingredients
  • Nigiri - a type of sushi that is a mound of vinegared rice topped with seafood
  • Maki - a type of sushi that typically involves rolling the vinegared rice, seafood, and other ingredients in nori (dried seaweed)

"Sushi" or "sashimi-grade" are common terms used to identify seafood considered "ready to be eaten raw." Many seafood lovers prefer the delicate textures and flavors of raw seafood found in sushi and sashimi dishes. However, there is no official, regulated standard for these terms. Typically, "sushi-grade" means that the fish is a high-quality product that can be consumed raw. For more information, please refer to Considerations for Choosing Raw Seafood.

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness. The FDA recommends cooking your seafood to an internal temperature of 145°F for 15 seconds.

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