Most people have enjoyed nigiri and don’t even realize it. When you order sushi, it generally comes in two different types: rolls and nigiri. Rolls are any of the dishes that combine seaweed and are rolled like Avocado rolls, California rolls, tuna rolls and so on. They often focus on using a combination of ingredients to create an overall flavor. Nigiri is much simpler. It’s made of sushi rice and a strip of protein on top—usually fish, but it can also be eggs and other options. Most people graduate to nigiri after enjoying sushi for a while. Here are some of the top things to know about it:
1) Nigiri is About Simplicity
When it comes to sushi rolls, you might have upwards of ten ingredients by the time it hits your table. This will include a choice of fish, a variety of vegetables, seaweed, garnish, and a sauce. With nigiri, it’s usually much simpler. The chefs use a small serving of sushi rice—a special combination of rice, rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt—and a select ingredient on top. Most often, the choice is fish. In the US the most popular types of sushi fish and nigiri are tuna, yellowtail, and salmon. Each piece of nigiri includes a small serving of rice providing a balance and of texture and flavor designed to perfectly complement the fish.
2) What Nigri is Not
Nigiri is not sashimi. Sashimi refers to sliced meat. People think that nigiri refers to raw fish on rice. When really nigiri is not always either raw or fish. There are many different types of sashimi and nigiri. There is actually chicken, bean curd and even potato sashimi. The word nigiri actually means “to squeeze” and refers to how chefs put together the rice and what’s served on top. There can be anything on top of rice including vegetables, meat, and, of course, fish.
3) What’s Something Different I Can Try?
Many people tend to stick the most popular nigiri items. While these are very tasty, there’s so much out there for you to try. Each dish has its own delicious and unique flavor profile. If you are looking for something with a different texture and a rich, complex taste then try octopus nigiri. For a dish with a little more zing, go for the spicy scallop nigiri which uses just the right amount of heat to spice up the dish. One of the most popular dishes in Japan is tamago or egg nigiri, which offers its own wonderful flavors.
4) What’s the Best Type of Sushi?
Between nigiri, sushi rolls, and sashimi, you have so many different options. The truth is, however, that there isn’t one top dish. Even American spins on Japanese cuisine have made their way back to Tokyo where you can find California rolls in just about every restaurant. The beauty of sushi it’s up to you to enjoy it as you like. The best thing you can do is talk to your sushi chef and ask for their recommendation based on some of the different foods you enjoy. One of the most fun ways is trying a new dish every time you go out for sushi.
5) Nigiri is Healthy
Nigiri isn’t just tasty, it’s super healthy. For example, you can enjoy the health benefits of yellowtail sushi, along with so many other great types of fish. These days the excellent combination of protein and healthy fats have made nigiri the food of choice for people looking to improve their overall health.
Nigiri: Your New Favorite Food
Nigiri is simply amazing. It’s the perfect combination of flavor and freshness. Best of all, it’s super healthy too. It’s high in protein and Omega-3 (healthy) fats. So come into one of our convenient locations and find your new favorite sushi today!