What is ‘Sushi Grade’ fish?
Sushi is a healthy meal when prepared and served properly. When serving raw fish in Sushi or Sashimi, make sure the fish product is safe to eat raw. This is commonly stated by the supplier as “Sushi safe” or “Sashimi safe”. If the packaging does not state it, consult your fish supplier before consuming it raw.
Also note that pregnant women and health risk groups should not eat raw fish at all.
According to European Union regulations,freezing fish at −20°C (−4°F) for 24 hours kills parasites. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends freezing at −35°C (−31°F) for 15 hours, or at −20°C (−4°F) for 7 days.
For further reading, please read: Wikipedia: sushi – health risks.
Where can I get sushi grade fish?
In the United Kingdom
The Fish Society features sushi grade products such as: salmon fillets,smoked salmon, smoked eel fillets, smoked rainbow trout, Arbroath smokies, and kippers and more.
Delivery is by overnight parcel service. Orders leave us at 4pm and are delivered within 24 hours. We use thermo-proofed packaging and dry ice to ensure the fish stays in top shape and can simply be dropped into your freezer upon arrival. All packs are neatly labelled and marked with a use-by date.
Fine Food Specialist have a variety of, well, fine food. They offer Otoro tuna, Tobiko, crab meat and all sorts of specialties in addition to sushi grade tuna and salmon. Prices are sometimes high as well as the minimum quantities. After sampling some of their flagship products I can say they are well worth the price tag.
In the United States
Vital choice offers A variety of sushi grade products, safe to eat raw. Click the image below to get to their online store where you can purchase sushi grade fish online. The products are delivered fresh-frozen. Just before you order, check the details on the “Serving/Storage” tab on the product page, to make sure the fish/sea food product you selected is indeed safe to eat raw.
Catalina Offshore Products has been selling the finest seafood to fine dining restaurants and sushi bars for nearly 40 years. You can purchase the very same.
Your local fishmonger
Consult your local fishmonger regarding availability of Sushi and Sashimi grade fish.
Please let us know where you buy your sushi grade fish in the comments below !
Looks like kazari has gone out of business. Website is just holding domain now
Sad but true. I’ll remove it from the list.
Raw fish used to make sushi should be frozen at a colder temperature than regular fish which is to be cooked. There is a reason it’s not suggested to use any frozen supermarket fish
Tuna, no problem, we eat it virtually raw anyways. But we have made fresh raw Tuna right off the boat. Just get it fresh
I love your site. It offers such a variety of information and advice on sushi.
Can you elaborate on the “myth” that “sushi grade” fish is just a marketing approach to sell at a higher price and any pre-frozen high quality fish will offer equal results/satisfaction?
When you think about it… this is “sushi grade” fish: a pre frozen and then thawed high quality fish. If you choose a good cut, there should be no difference…
I’ve always loved this sushi grade fish. Thank you for the recommendation on where to buy it in the UK. Will be making a trip there soon.
I just learnt something new again. This is just my go to website for anything about sushi. Thanks always!
We are going deep-sea angling in Mexico (Tulum area, Caribbean side) in April 2017. When we catch a tuna or mackerel for instance, do you suppose that we can just make sushi with our catch, fresh like that? Or do we need to freeze it first? Thanks, Dave
I recommend freezing it to be safe. Parasites often live in fish and if eaten raw, can get inside of you. Freeze it for the required time, and you should be okay.
Where do you buy your ‘Sushi Grade’ fish?
Maybe at the link in the article, under where it says in bold “Where do I get sushi grade fish”.