This classic sushi consists of hand-pressed sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish, typically tuna (maguro), salmon (sake), or yellowtail (hamachi). Nigiri showcases the natural flavor of the fish.
These are cylindrical sushi rolls wrapped in seaweed (nori) and filled with rice, fish, and vegetables. Popular maki rolls include the California roll (crab, avocado, cucumber), spicy tuna roll, and salmon avocado roll.
Temaki are cone-shaped rolls made from a sheet of nori filled with rice, fish, vegetables, and other ingredients. They're usually eaten by hand and can be customized to individual preferences.
Uramaki rolls have the rice on the outside and the seaweed within. Fillings like avocado, cucumber, fish, and other ingredients are rolled in rice and then wrapped with a layer of seaweed and sometimes sesame seeds or fish roe.
While not technically sushi (as it doesn't include rice), sashimi is thinly sliced raw fish served on its own. Common sashimi choices include tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and mackerel, showcasing the purity of the fish's flavor.
Chirashi is a bowl of sushi rice topped with various sashimi slices, vegetables, and sometimes egg or other garnishes. It's a visually appealing and flavorful dish that offers a variety of tastes in one bowl.
Inari sushi consists of sushi rice stuffed into seasoned pouches of fried tofu (aburaage). The sweet and savory flavors make it a delightful choice, especially for those new to sushi.
Originating from Osaka, oshi sushi is made by pressing sushi rice and fish into a rectangular box mold to create a compact and visually appealing sushi block.