What is the right way to eat sashimi

Eat the right sushi - that's how it works!

Pretty much everyone has done it before: ordered sushi or at least eaten it somewhere. But did you really do everything “right”? What many do not know: Many mistakes can be made when eating sushi. We have 5 tips for you with which you can enjoy your sushi in style the next time you order.

The right tool
In contrast to our usual practice, we don't use knives and forks when eating sushi, but hashi - chopsticks. Many Asian restaurants automatically deliver the chopsticks, with some they can be ordered separately. In Japan, sushi is actually eaten with the hands, but sashimi (raw fish alone) is eaten with chopsticks. With us, you usually eat sushi with chopsticks anyway.

The types of sushi
Nigiri, Maki, Sashimi and Temaki - four popular forms of sushi that look very different and which can be easily distinguished from one another by their shape. At Nigiri sushi the rice is shaped by hand and then topped with a piece of fish. At Maki sushi a nori sheet is coated with rice and then rolled using a bamboo mat. For example, avocado, cucumber, tuna or other ingredients come into play. Fried fish can also be used here. At Sashimi it is a finely cut, fresh fish. Strictly speaking, this is not sushi because there is no rice, but sashimi is often eaten or served with sushi. Temaki have a conical shape and are prepared in a similar way to maki. One of the most popular types of sushi is the California Roll, called Ura-Maki, which is not one of the traditional Japanese Maki. The rice is outside here and they are mostly decorated with sesame seeds or fish eggs. Professionals can also take a look at our sushi guessing game.

Just a bit
Maki and nigiri are so small that they can be eaten all at once. They would also fall apart if bitten off. Only at Temaki is bitten off.

Wasabi and soy sauce
Some put wasabi in the soy sauce, others directly on the sushi. Basically, you should be sparing with both wasabi and soy sauce, otherwise you will drown out the fishy taste. With nigiri sushi, for example, you can put a little wasabi on one side of the fish and dip the other side briefly in soy sauce. It is important that you dip the fish in the soy sauce, not the rice, as this would soak up too much. In Japan, sushi is also ready straight away in many sushi bars, i.e. served with the right amount of wasabi and soy sauce.

The thing with the gari
Gari is pickled ginger that is not eaten with the sushi, but after every bite or between the different types of fish. Gari neutralizes and helps you to enjoy every piece of sushi straight.

Are you now in the mood for sushi? Then take a look at our last post or directly at mjam.at, where you can also filter for “sushi”.

Good Appetite!
Your Mjam.at team


As a fan of cooking, as well as ordering and, above all, of eating myself, I like to deal with everything that has to do with the topic of food, which is particularly noticeable on my Instagram profile. ;-) I like to try new dishes that brought me to blind food ordering. This is not only exciting for me, it also creates a good atmosphere for my friends on evenings together.