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Sushi VS Sashimi:
Which Is Easier To Eat?

If you’re new to sushi, you may be wondering what the difference is between sushi and sashimi. Sushi is made with rice, while sashimi is just fish or seafood. Sashimi is often seen as a more difficult dish to eat because it’s not wrapped in rice like sushi is. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between sushi and sashimi, and we’ll give you some tips on how to eat sushi and sashimi like a pro!

Differences Between Sushi And Sashimi

If you’ve ever eaten sushi at a restaurant, you’ve undoubtedly seen sashimi on the menu and wondered if it’s a kind of sushi. Sushi and sashimi (and nigiri, for that matter) are two Japanese dishes with significant differences. Here’s where the similarities between sushi and sashimi end. The main difference between sushi and sashimi is that sushi includes vinegared rice, while sashimi is just seafood.

  • Sushi is not sushi without rice, which gives it its unique flavor
  • Sashimi is a Japanese dish that uses fresh or raw fish and is considered a delicacy
  • Sashimi is usually served thinly sliced on a bed of daikon, sans rice
  • Contemporary variations may incorporate sautéed vegetables, fish, or even different meats

Sushi does not need to contain raw fish (or any kind of seafood) to be classified as such—only vinegar rice. Sashimi is a Japanese dish made with thinly sliced raw fish that isn’t part of the sushi category.

How to Eat Sushi and Sashimi Like A Pro

Sashimi and sushi have gained international popularity. If you traveled so far to visit Japan, you undoubtedly want to indulge in some delectable sushi. Sushi and sashimi are two of the most popular Japanese dishes, but they can be confusing for first-time eaters. Did you know there is a right way to eat it?

Here’s a guide to help you enjoy these delicious foods like a pro!

Does Sushi Require Chopsticks to Be Eaten?

For the most part, sushi is eaten with your fingers and doesn’t require chopsticks. The one exception is sushi. Although sushi chefs normally prefer that customers use their fingers, they are aware that everyone has a different level of comfort and won’t be offended if customers choose to use chopsticks. Just refrain from using a fork, whatever you do.

Do I Need Soy Sauce for Sushi?

Soy sauce can be used or not. We prefer soy sauce because it complements the taste of sushi well. Soy sauce should, however, be tasted before being added to sushi since it is a personal taste preference. However, if a restaurant does not wish you to have the option, they will not provide soy sauce.

Never pour soy sauce over your meal, dip your dish completely in it, or drizzle it directly over the rice. These selections could change the harmony of flavors and risk causing the roll or nigiri to disintegrate.

What Should I Do With Ginger and Wasabi?

Wasabi adds a kick to your food, and ginger (gari) helps to balance the palate. Using your fingers or chopsticks, apply wasabi straight to your fish. Just be careful not to touch your eye with your fingers; you’ll regret it. Even though you can combine wasabi directly into soy sauce, it’s considered impolite to do so. Instead, add each of these condiments individually.

To enjoy the next type of sushi more, gari should be consumed in between. When eating gari, you can use chopsticks, but you shouldn’t put the ginger on your food or combine it with your soy sauce.

Take a bite out of the whole sushi roll at once.

Sushi pieces may crumble if you cut them in half. Additionally, this can be deemed disrespectful to the sushi chef who used all of his skills to create the ideal piece of sushi just for you.


As a result, always keep in mind that a sushi piece should only be consumed in one bite. If you feel that the sushi pieces are too big to fit in your mouth, you can simply ask the sushi chef to reduce their size.

How Should Sashimi Be Eaten?

Sashimi is a Japanese dish that typically consists of thin slices of raw fish or meat. It is often considered to be a delicacy and is often eaten with rice, soy sauce, and wasabi. While sashimi is traditionally eaten with chopsticks, there are no hard and fast rules about how it should be eaten. 

Here are a few tips on how to eat sashimi:

  • Sashimi should be eaten with your hands. Pick up each piece with your fingers and dip it into the soy sauce.
  • Be sure to eat the sashimi as soon as possible after it has been dipped in soy sauce. The longer it sits in the sauce, the more the flavor will be altered.
  • Wasabi can be added to the soy sauce, or it can be eaten separately. If you are eating it separately, pick up a piece of sashimi with your chopsticks and touch it to the wasabi before bringing it to your mouth.
  • It is considered polite to eat each piece of sashimi in one bite.

Thank the sushi chef, but don’t give them money as a tip.

It is not a good idea to give money to your sushi chef because they must use their hands constantly throughout the day. So, they shouldn’t handle money like coins or bills. However, when seated at a sushi bar, you may properly thank them. You can do so by saying “Domo arigato” in Japanese, which is the equivalent of “thank you very much.”


Sushi and sashimi come with certain cultural norms, just as other types of cuisine do. There are rigorous standards for how you should eat sushi and sashimi, much the way there are for most meals. Remember not to use too much soy sauce. Excess soy sauce may lead to a broken piece of sushi or an imbalance in flavor.

If you’re ever confused about table manners or what a particular term on the menu means, ask your server or the chef. They’ll be delighted to assist you!

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