Sushi vs. sashimi, what’s the difference? A lot of people outside of Japan struggle to differentiate between them and often use the two terms interchangeably, which is why we decided to explain the differences between these two highly popular Japanese dishes.
- What is sushi?
- What is sashimi?
- Sushi vs sashimi comparison chart
What is sushi?
The word sushi translates to vinegared rice; therefore, sushi is vinegared rice, regardless of the filling. It may have raw fish as an ingredient, and it may not, but having raw seafood such as salmon or tuna is not a requirement since many other ingredients can be used, including mushrooms, vegetables, white radish, etc.
Many people often mistake nigiri for sashimi. Nigiri is a type of sushi that consists of a ball of vinegared rice with a topping – usually raw fish. The raw fish alone would qualify it as sashimi, but because it’s served with a ball of vinegared rice, it becomes a type of sushi.
What is sashimi?
Sashimi is thin slices of raw meat and nothing else. This meat can be anything from fish, horse, beef, or chicken. If what you ordered comes with rice, then it’s not sashimi. Usually, when ordering sashimi, you will only get a variety of thinly cut meats – but no white rice.
Sushi vs sashimi comparison chart
|Translation||Vinegared rice||To pierce / cut body|
|Is rice an ingredient?||Always||Never|
|Sauces||Commonly served with soy sauce||Commonly served with soy sauce|
It’s not common practice to mix wasabi with soy sauce when eating sushi
It’s common practice to mix wasabi with soy sauce when eating sashimi
|Calories||Depends on the ingredients but sushi contains more calories and carbs because of the rice.||Depends on the ingredients used but contains fewer calories and carbs than sushi.|