6kinds of Fishes to love by Japanese people

Do you think Japanese people like tuna the most? Unfortunately, tuna is not the most beloved fish in Japan.

Today I introduce 6 kinds of fish that Japanese people often eat.


Which fish do you think the Japanese eat the most?

The correct answer is Saury not tuna. Because, tuna is little expensive. Saury is called “Sanma(さんま)” in Japanese.

Saury is sold at supermarkets for US¢80-90 each. We often grilled and eat with soy sauce and grated daikon radish, called daikon oroshi.

The name of saury is written in kanji(this means Chinese letter. Japanese usually writes noun by Chinese letter) as “Autumn sword fish”. Therefore, autumn is the most delicious.

Meguro Sanma Festival


There is a famous festival of saury in Meguro city(目黒市), Tokyo in autumn.


Salmon(鮭 / サケ / さけ)


Although, Salmon is sold all year around also, I recommend you autumn salmon. That is called Akisake, is the most delicious, because they are fatter than the other seasons.

Of course,price is higher than usual, though. Salmon is Sake in Japanese, but this is not related to Nihonshu.

Salmon Onigiri

When I traveled in NYC or other big city, I often saw salmon rolls sushi. That is the most popular menu, right?  

We usually eat it grill, scattered salt over with white rice and miso soup. Or put it as ingredients into onigiri.

Salmon recipe

aki sake

To be honest, Japanese dose not eat such a like this. But, now is Ok at home only. In restaurant? Sushi chef must ask you “are you sure?” with Contemptuous smile. Though,salmon is suit avocados well.

This recipe is just grilled with salt, is called “Shiojake(塩鮭)”

Shirasu (しらす)


Baby sardines Japanese are called as “Shirasu”.We often eat them put on daikon oroshi with soy sauce.

Nama Shirasu


“Nama shirasu” means fresh baby sardines. Shirasu means “small white fish” but these are transparent before boiling.

There are only a few cities where you can eat Nama Shirasu, because it spoils quickly.

Where to buy Shirasu?


You can get them every supermarket in Japan.

Shirasu and Sakuraebi (baby shrimp) are famous in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. You can also eat deep-sea fish there.



“Chirimenjako” means dried baby sardines. It is named after its resemblance to Chirimen, a silk fabric with fine wrinkles on its surface.

This is Chirimen fabric.

Chirimen jako buy?

You can buy Chirimen jako At supermarket in Japan. 
We often eat them with Sansho, is called “Chirimen Sansho”.This is made by cooking together Sansho nuts and Chirimenjako.

Horse Mackerel(あじ / 鰺 /アジ)

Horse Mackerel

Horse mackerel is very familiar to Japanese people, called Aji.
We eat them with sashimi, sushi, sashimi, fried and grilled. 

Aji recipe

aji tataki

Usually, we eat them with grated ginger and soy sauce not wasabi.

Because, ginger has deodorizing effects on very- fish-smell, and it also works to stimulate appetite by making the dish appear beautiful to the eye😊

Aji recipe


This is called “Namerou(なめろう)” in Japanese. Chopped sashimi with ginger and leeks

FYI: Kikkoman

Aji fry recipe(鰺フライ)

This is called “Aji-fry” in Japanese. 

FYI: Ajinomoto

Bonito / Skip jack tuna(かつお)


Japanese usually call bonito as Katsuo. But, this is not correct. Japanese even does not know difference from Bonito and Skip jack tuna correctly.


The bonito is processed into bonito flakes and used as a broth(Dashi) or accent in foods.

Bonito recipe

Otherwise, Skip jack tuna is eat by Sashimi slice after glliled them of surface with grated ginger, chopped leeks, glated daikon and Ponzu shoyu.


katsuo tataki

We call this recipe as “Tataki”, on the May is the best season for this “Tataki”.



Sardines is written in Kanji as “weak fish”, Iwashi.
It is said they die soon and going rotten after caught very soon.
So, we usually eat grill after dried like a horse mackerel or canned dipped in teriyaki sauce.

They are cheap and the impression is the poor. 

This is the fish part at first. I wish this is for your good information.

See you next😊

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