Sushi Ingredients

Edomae or Classic Sushi

Pertaining to sushi ingredients, sushi is often associated with raw fish or sashimi. This is not always the case. You may enjoy sushi with cooked ingredients as well.

Currently, there is 2 class of sushi in the world. Edomae or traditional and Fusion, modern, or freestyle.

The sushi ingredients classified here are for information only. I don't know why this is important as long as the sushi you make tastes great. But, maybe someone somewhere will want the "real deal". So for you die hard sushi fans here is how it breaks down.

The constant with all sushi or the must have sushi ingredients are: sushi rice, seaweed (nori), soy sauce (shoyu), and wasabi.

In restaurants wasabi is called "sabi", soy sauce or shoyu is "murasaki", and sushi rice is "shari". Edomae sushi consists of the classic ingredients listed here:

Red Snapper (Tai)
Blue Fin Tuna (Maguro)
Fattiest Tuna (Oh toro)
Fatty Tuna (Chu toro)
Red or Lean Tuna (Akami)
Spicy Tuna
Shrimp (Ebi)
Prawn (Kuruma Ebi)
Mackerel (Saba)
Sardines (Iwahi)
Salmon (Sake)
Flounder (Hirame)
Yellow Jack (Shima-Aji)
Octopus (tako)
Fresh Water Eel (Unagi)
Congo Eel (Anago)
Scallop (Hotategai)
Cuttle Fish (Ika)
Herring Roe (Kazunoko)
Salmon Roe (Ikura)
Flying Fish Roe (Tobiko)
Sea Urchin (Uni)
Cucumber (Kyuri)
Omelet (Tamagoyaki)
Fried Tofu Pockets (Aburage)
Roasted Sesame Seed (Goma)
Temaki Katsuo Sheets
Bonito Stock (Dashi)
Pickled Horse Radish (Daikon)
Seasoned Gourd Strips (Kampyo)

Fusion or Freestyle Sushi

Fusion or Freestyle Sushi strays from the classic types of sushi with greater variety of combinations using the classic ingredients, or with the introduction of new additives to sushi recipes. The trick is to match the right combination of flavors to fancy the taste buds.

dragon roll

Dragon Roll

Fushion sushi also are decorated with chic names like dragon roll, California roll, candy or rainbow roll. I guess you make it up you name it what you want. Funky Charlie Roll, Freddie Freak maki. Recently I saw "Mexican" roll.

The ingredients listed under "Edomae" or classic above are used, and should be included, with fusion ingredients below. Some of the items listed below can also be classified as "classic" as well.

Popular ingredients for Fusion Sushi:
Crab (Kani)
Avocado (Abakado)
Cucumber (Kuri)
Fried Salmon
Barbecue Pork
Roast Beef
Teriyaki Chicken
Fried Spam Ham
Radish Sprouts
Alfalfa Sprouts
Soy Bean Sprouts
Smoked Salmon
Hot Dogs
Mayonnaise (Kyupi)
Can Salmon
Corned Beef

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