Why is there arsenic in rice? (and will it kill me? )

Why Is There Arsenic In Rice? (And Will It Kill Me?)

If you eat a lot of rice, or on a typical gluten free diet, you may want to switch up the types of grain you eat. That’s because there is likely arsenic in rice and that should concern everyone who care about their health. Analytical chemist Brian Jackson says there needs to be more federal…

Is sashimi healthy? (how sashimi affects your health)

Is Sashimi Healthy? (How Sashimi Affects Your Health)

Many first timers wonder, “is sashimi healthy?” when staring at a few cuts of raw fish. There are not many animal products that can be eaten raw, so it’s no surprise that people question how the raw fish might affect their health. When bought from reputable sources, sashimi is a healthy and safe option that…

Unagi sushi recipe (faux-nagi sablefish vs eel)

Unagi Sushi Recipe (Faux-Nagi Sablefish vs Eel)

This unagi sushi recipe uses sustainable sablefish (or gindara, in Japanese) in place of traditional and unsustainable freshwater eel. So perhaps faux-nagi is better term for it! If you love unagi, this sablefish sushi recipe will be a close cousin that you’ll feel a lot better about eating, when considering the sustainability issues of fishing…

Katsuo – skipjack tuna

Katsuo – Skipjack Tuna

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low Katsuo is one of those Japanese menu terms that can get the average American sushi lover into a bit of trouble. The word corresponds to two different fish: skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis; notice the similarity to katsuo) and bonito (Sarda spp.), a tuna relative in a different and distinct genus. The precise term for…

Kanikama (or surimi): imitation crab from pollock fish

Kanikama (or Surimi): Imitation Crab From Pollock Fish

What is kanikama sushi? Kanikama is known as “imitation crab” in English, but is made from surimi, which is usually a fish like Alaskan Pollock. Kanikama is used in many types of sushi, especially maki, or rolls. The most common example is the California roll, which generally contains imitation crab and avocado. A fish processor creates…

Saba – mackerel

Saba – Mackerel

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low Atlantic mackerel, or saba, is a schooling fish found throughout much of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the three types of mackerel most commonly found in sushi bars (the others are aji and sawara.) Of the three, saba is the most widely encountered option. Mackerel does not keep well, and if it is not consumed…

Kanpachi – amberjack

Kanpachi – Amberjack

Source: Farmed, some wild Mercury Risk: Unknown In the original edition of Sustainable Sushi, there is only one chapter on amberjack.  Given the growth of the industry and the differences in species, farming techniques, and management protocols, I’ve decided to address these fish on a more individual basis.  So, I’ve split the original chapter into three pages…