In Japan, which fish is most popular for sushi?

The most sought after fish for sushi in Japan is tuna. Japan is the country in the world that eats the most tuna.

The largest fish market Tsukiji is located in Tokyo. Every day, large quantities of seafood are sold in the morning. Many sushi restaurants go directly to the Tsukiji fish market in the early morning hours to pick up fish for the restaurant.

Many sushi restaurants know in advance which fish they should have at the fish market. It happens regularly that they come home with other fish than what was on the shopping list. Their regular fish supplier can surprise with new and exciting fish that they did not anticipated.

The tuna is the big attraction at Tsukiji fish market.

Every day, large quantities of tuna land in different age groups. The quality of the fish is assessed by tuna buyers. Sushi restaurants will, on their advice, purchase the best tuna for just their particular restaurant.

At Sushi course for beginners, of course, tuna of the best quality from Japan is used.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What is Japanese Sea urchin?


Japanese sea urchin also called uni in Japanese is a sea animal. It is round and has a lot of spikes, like a hedgehog.

Japanese sea urchins can be found on the menu of Japanese sushi restaurants in Japan and exclusive sushi restaurants in the US. It is a very fine and delicate taste.

In Europe, more and more people gets to know sea urchins, there are several European chefs who have traveled to Japan in recent years. The food experiences they have had in Japan have been taken to Europe. More and more restaurants in Denmark have got sea urchins on the menu.

In Denmark, sea urchins most often come from the Faroe Islands.

In Japan, many different kinds of sea urchins are found in the sea around Japan.

Sea urchins do not taste the same. The Japanese sea urchins are divided into what area of ​​Japan they come from and their quality. It is bit like prawns.

In Europe you can buy cheap prawns, where the quality is not so good. Then you have the Greenlandic, which have a much finer quality. Similarly, there will be a difference in sea urchins.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

The squid in Japan are the best!

I can never eat too many squid when I am in Japan.
I love that even the smallest grill can impart the best tasty squid on sticks. The picture is taken at a small food store at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Tsukiji Fish Market is a very popular area in Tokyo

The Japanese love high quality food and they prefer fresh raw materials which you can enjoy 6 days a week.

Right next to the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo there are a couple of small pedestrian streets with many small restaurants, food stalls and specialty stores. It is a cozy busy area where there is life from early morning until around 11:00 AM.

In those few hours where the eateries open there will be cows at the most popular restaurants and food stalls.

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

What time of day is it best to visit Tsukiji fish market?

The world’s largest Tsukiji fish market is located in Tokyo. It is a fish market where seafood is sold each day to the rest of the world.
Every morning there are sold large quantities of tuna on the fishing operation tuna which is categorized in different quality so to be sold to restaurants in Japan or sent abroad.

The fishing auction is being held very early in the morning. Tourists are not allowed in those hours. The many tourists seem to be disturbing and it affects the fishing action in a negative way.

The best time to visit the fish market is at 8.00-9.00 am in the morning. You may come later but many retailers begin to shut down.

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Therefore, Tsukiji is the world’s largest fish market!

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is the largest fish market in the world. Tsukiji fish market is very unique compare to other countries.

The suppliers at the fish market are specialized within just what they sell for example tuna or shrimps.
This means that the selection and quality of seafood and fish is very large and you can get seafood and fish which are not found anywhere else in the world. The specialized suppliers often sell one kind of seafood in many different qualities and price level.

At Sushi course for beginners you will gain more in-depth knowledge of Japanese Sushi chefs approach to fish.

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Zoë has held sushi courses and cooking classes for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Japanese soft ice cream

Soft ice cream
In Japan you can fin several different kinds of ice cream.
This small van held at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. I prefer soft ice cream that tastes of mango.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Japanese tuna

Japanese tunaTun in different grades at Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Japanese raw materials

OctapusJapanese raw materials are of exceptionally high quality and has a freshness that is very difficult to find elsewhere. This is octopus at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

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