50 Fish Names for Sushi Topping in Japanese

“Sushi (寿司)” is the quintessential traditional Japanese dish that is widely enjoyed in the world. As you may know, Sushi comes in many types and varieties, including these 3 types of Sushi I introduced the other day. But, as far as the Sushi served in the Japanese Sushi restaurant is concerned, it will be sufficient to remember or refer to following fish (Sakana : 魚) names for ordering.

50 Fish Names for Sushi in Japanese

These are the Japanese names of Sushi ingredients (fish, shellfish and mollusk) that are commonly offered by many Sushi restaurants in Japan.

26 Japanese Fish Names

Fish Name Japanese Pronunciation English Name
マグロ (鮪)  Maguro Tuna
アジ(鯵) Aji Horse mackerel
タイ(鯛) Tai Sea bream
サバ(鯖) Saba Mackerel
ブリ(鰤) Buri Yellowtail
ヒラメ(鮃) Hirame Flatfish
スズキ(鱸) Suzuki Sea bass
アナゴ(穴子) Anago Conger eel
うなぎ(鰻) Unagi Eel
イワシ(鰯) Iwashi Sardine
カツオ(鰹) Katsuo Bonito
キス(鱚) Kisu Whiting
サケ(鮭) Sake Salmon
サワラ(鰆) Sawara Spanish mackerel
サンマ(秋刀魚) Sanma Saury
カレイ(鰈) Karei Righteye flounder
タチウオ(太刀魚) Tachiuo Largehead hairtail
サヨリ(細魚) Sayori Halfbeak
コハダ(小鰭) Kohada Gizzard Shad
ニシン(鰊) Nishin Herring
タラ(鱈) Tara Cod
めばち(目鉢) Mebachi Bigeye tuna
マス(鱒) Masu Trout
ハマチ(鰤) Hamachi Young yellowtail
ハタハタ(鰰) Hatahata Sandfish
トビウオ(飛魚) Tobiuo Flying fish

12 Japanese Shellfish and Mollusk Names 

Name Japanese Pronunciation English Name
あまえび(甘海老) Ama-ebi Sweet shrimp
くるまえび(車海老) Kuruma-ebi Prawn
シャコ(蝦蛄) Shako Mantis shrimp
イカ(烏賊) Ika Squid
たこ(蛸) Tako Octopus
アワビ(鮑) Awabi Abalone
アカガイ(赤貝) Akagai Red clam
ツブガイ(螺) Tubugai Whelk
ほたて(帆立) Hotate Scallop
ハマグリ(蛤) Hamaguri Orient clam
タラバガニ(鱈場蟹) Taraba-gani Red king crab
ズワイガニ(楚蟹) Zuwai-gani Snow crab

5 Japanese Fish Roe Names

Name Japanese Pronunciation English Name
うに(雲丹) Uni Sea urchin
いくら(魚卵) Ikura Salmon roe
とびこ(飛子) Tobiko Flying fish roe
かずのこ(数の子) Kazunoko Herring roe
まさご(真砂子) Masago Capelin roe

7 Other Japanese Names for Sushi Topping

Name Japanese Pronunciation English Name
マグロ 赤身 Maguro Akami Lean tuna
大トロ O-toro Fatty tuna
中トロ Chu-toro Medium fatty tuna
ねぎトロ Negi-toro Minced fatty tuna & Green onion
カニみそ Kani-miso Crab brains
あん肝 Ankimo Monkfish liver
えんがわ Engawa Flounder Fin

Tomo

I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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