Sushi NamesThe following chart is a list of Japanese sushi names and the US Market name which should be associated with it according the Fish & Fishery Products Hazards & Controls Guidance manual which is put out by the FDA (fourth edition 2011). It is not intended to be a complete list of all species which are consumed raw, and I have updated it with some additional listings/info.

You will notice that some fish have multiple sushi names. I’m no sushi expert, but at least part of the reason for this is because different regions of Japan use different words for the same fish. Different sushi names may also refer to various grades of fish, or to different ages of fish. Yellowtail for instance has 4 different names depending upon age. And to complicate things even more, 3 of those 4 names are different depending on if the establishment is using the vernacular of Tokyo or Osaka.

JAPANESE SUSHI NAMES
Japanese Vernacular Name …U.S. Market Name …
 Ainame Greenling
 Aji Mackerel, Jack
 Aka-Gai Clam, Arkshell
 Akamanbo Opah
 Akauo Monkfish
 Akodai
 Akou-Dai Rockfish, Red
 Amadai Tilefish
 Amaebi Prawn, Sweet
 Anago, Hamo Conger Eel
 Ankou Monkfish
 Aoyagi Clam, Surf
 Asari Clam, Short Necked
 Awabi Abalone
 Ayu Smelt
 Baigai Whelk
 Bora Mullet, Gray
 Buri Yellowtail, over 4 years old (3 ft)
 Dojyou Loach
 Ebi Shrimp, Freshwater
 Shrimp, Pink
 Ebodai Butterfish
 Eso Lizardfish
 Ezobora Whelk
 Fuefukidai Emperor
 Fugu Puffer
 Globefish
 Funa Carp
 Garigani Crayfish
 Gin-Sake Salmon, Coho
 Hakkaku Sculpin
 Hamachi (Osaka region) Yellowtail, 1 year old (1 ft)
 Hamaguri Clam
 Hanasaki Kani Crab, Hanasaki
 Hata Grouper
 Haya Dace
 Haze Goby
 Higedara Lingcod
 Hiraaji Jack
 Hirame Fluke, Flounder
 Hiuchidai Orange Roughy
 Hoshi-Garei Flounder
 Hotaruika Squid
 Hotate-Gai Scallop, Giant
 Houbou Sea Robin
 Hoya Sea Squirt
 Ibodai Butterfish
 Iidako Octopus
 Ika Squid
 Ikanago Sand Eel
 Ikura Salmon, Roe
 Inada (Tokyo region) Yellowtail, 1 year old (1 ft)
 Isaki Grunt -Or- Sweetlips
 Iseebi Lobster
 Ishidai, Ishigakidai Knifejaw
 Ishimochi Guchi Croaker
 Itoyoridai Threadfin Bream
 Iwana Char
 Iwashi Sardine
 Jnada Yellowtail
 Kaj I Ka Sculpin
 Kamasu Barracuda
 Kamasusawara Wahoo
 Kani Crab, Brown
 Crab, Deep Sea
 Crab, Kegani
 Crab, King
 Crab, Snow
 Karei Flounder
 Kasago Rockfish
 Katsuo Bonito
 Small Tuna
 Kawahagi Triggerfish
 Kawahgi Filefish
 Kegani (Kani) Crab, Kegani
 Kijihata Grouper
 Kink Thorneyhead
 Kinme Alfonsino
 Kinmedai Alfonsino
 Kintokidai Bigeye
 Kisu Japanese Whiting
 Kobudai, Budai Parrotfish
 Kochi Flatfish
 Kohada Gizzard Shad
 Shad
 Koi Carp
 Koika Cuttlefish
 Konoshiro Gizzard Shad
 Koshodai Grunt -Or- Sweetlips
 Kurage Jellyfish
 Kurodai Porgy
 Kuruma-Ebi Shrimp, Tiger Prawn
 Kyabia Caviar
 Kyurino Smelt
 Ma-Dako Tako Octopus
 Ma-Ika Cuttlefish
 Madai Sea Bream
 Maguro Tuna
 Maiwashi Sardine
 Makogarei Flounder
 Managa Tsuo, Echiopia Pomfret
 Manboh Sunfish, Ocean
 Mandai Opah
 Mebaru Rockfish
 Medal Bluenose
 Mejiro (Osaka region) Yellowtail, 3 years old (2 ft)
 Mekajiki Swordfish
 Miru-Gai Clam, Geoduck
 Mizudako Octopus
 Mizuik Squid
 Mongoika Cuttlefish
 Mongorakawahagi Triggerfish
 Namako Sea Cucumber
 Nibe Croaker
 Niji-Masu Trout, Rainbow
 Nishin Herring
 O’hyou Halibut
 Odori Shrimp, Tiger Prawn
 Okamasu Barracuda
 Okamsu
 Onagadai Snapper
 Saba Mackerel
 Saira Saury
 Sakana Fish
 Sake Salmon, Chum
 Same Shark
 Samma Saury
 Sanma Saury
 Sawagani River Crab
 Sayori, Savori Halfbeak
 Sazae Top Shell
 Sazae Turbot, Shell
 Shinko Shad
 Shiira Mahi-Mahi
 Shimaaji Jack
 Shishamo Capelin & Roe
 Shita-Birame Sole
 Shizu Butterfish
 Suji-Ko Salmon, Roe
 Sukesodora Pollock & Roe
 Sumiika Cuttlefish
 Surumeika Squid
 Suzuki Sea Bass
 Swara Mackerel, Spanish
 Tachiuo Cuttlefish
 Tai Sea Bream, Red Snapper
 Tako Octopus
 Tara Cod & Roe/Milt
 Tarumi Feuda Snapper
 Tenegadako Octopus
 Tobiuo Flying Fish
 Torigai Cockle
 Toro Tuna
 Tsubasu (Osaka region) Yellowtail, 6 months old (4″)
 Tsubugai Whelk
 Umazurahagi Triggerfish
 Unagi Eel
 Uni Sea Urchin Roe
 Wakasagi Smelt
 Wakashi (Tokyo region) Yellowtail, 6 months old (4″)
 Warasa (Tokyo region) Yellowtail, 3 years old (2 ft)
 Yamame Salmon, Cherry -Or- Masu
 Yariika Squid
 Y Anagi-Garei Flounder
 Zuwai-Gani Crab, Snow

 


 

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Ichi Tokyo

This looks so so yumm! Thanks for sharing!

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