Fish Glossary

This is a catalog of all the fish we would use in Japanese cooking and sushi.  Many of the Japanese names are specific to fish in the region and I have tried my best to match names to fish we are currently using in my restaurant here in Austin, Texas.  

Abura Sokomutsu

Escolar

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, oily, buttery

Texture

soft, meaty

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Lepidocybium flavobrunneum

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Aigo

Rabbitfish, Spinefoot

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Siganus fuscescenus

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Ainame

Greenling, Rock Trout

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, delicate

Texture

soft, tightfibers

Season

march-may

Scientific Name

Hexagrammos decagrammus

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Aji

Horse Mackerel, Scad

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

light, clean

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

Year round

Scientific Name

Trachurus japonicus

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Aka Yagara, Teppo

Red Cornetfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, clean

Texture

tight fibers, soft

Season

winter

Scientific Name

Fistularia petimba, Fistularia commersonii

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Aka-amadai

Tile Fish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, lobster

Texture

creamy

Season

autumn- winter

Scientific Name

Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps

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Aka-gai

Ark shell Clam, Red Clam

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet

Texture

firm

Season

fall to spring

Scientific Name

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Akaei

Stingray

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Dasyatis pastinaca

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Akamanbo

Moonfish, Opah

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, sweet, oily

Texture

firm, chewy, meaty

Season

april-aug

Scientific Name

Lampris regius

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Akamutsu, Nodoguro

Rosy Sea Bass, Blackthroat Sea Perch

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, umami, fatty

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

oct-march

Scientific Name

Doederleinia berycoides

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Akashitabirame

Tongue Sole

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Akashitabirame

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Akayagara

Cornet fish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, delicate, sweet

Texture

soft, tightfibers

Season

Scientific Name

Fistularia petimba

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Akoudai, Kijihata

Red/Rose Rockfish, Rock Cod, Ocean Perch

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, mild

Texture

soft

Season

nov-feb

Scientific Name

Sebastes norvegicus, Sebastodes matsubarae

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Amaebi

Sweet Shrimp, Pink Shrimp

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet

Texture

soft, creamy

Season

sept-feb

Scientific Name

Pandalus borealis

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Amagarei

Marbled Sole

Origin

Flavor

Wild

clean, sweet

Texture

soft, tender

Season

Scientific Name

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Amago

Spotted Trout

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

mild, sweet, fatty

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

year round, spring

Scientific Name

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Anago

Conger eel

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, delicate

Texture

soft, flaky, delicate

Season

may-oct

Scientific Name

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Ankimo

Monkfish liver

Origin

Flavor

Wild

robust, intense

Texture

soft

Season

oct-march

Scientific Name

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Anko

Monkfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, delicate, mild

Texture

firm, chewy, tightfibers

Season

oct-march

Scientific Name

‎Lophius piscatorius, ‎Lophius americanus

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Anko

Monkfish, anglerfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

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Aodai

Blue Fusilier, Blue Snapper

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, fatty, mild

Texture

flaky, tender

Season

may-aug

Scientific Name

Caesio teres, Caesio caerulaurea

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Aona

Grouper

Origin

Flavor

Wild

crabby

Texture

tight fibers, soft to chewy

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Hyporthodus flavolimbatus

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Aoyagi, (aka Bakagai)

Surf Clam, Quahog

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, briny

Texture

crunchy

Season

nov-march

Scientific Name

Spisula solidissima

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Ara

Deep sea bass, kelp bass, kelp grouper

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Niphon spinosus

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Arakabu

Scorpion Fish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish, delicate

Texture

chewy, tender

Season

nov-march

Scientific Name

Scorpaenidae

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Arakabu

Yellow eye Rock Fish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, lobster

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

summer

Scientific Name

Sebastes ruberrimu

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Asari

Manila Clam

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, briny

Texture

crunchy

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Venerupis philippinarum

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Awabi

Abalone

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, briny, buttery

Texture

raw-crunchy, cooked-tender, soft

Season

may-june

Scientific Name

Haliotidae

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Ayu

Sweetfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, cucumber, melon

Texture

soft, tender

Season

may-aug

Scientific Name

Plecoglossus altivelis

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Baigai, Isobai

Ivory Shell, Babylon Shell, Whelk

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, briny

Texture

crunchy

Season

march-aug

Scientific Name

Babylonia japonica

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Bashokajiki

Sailfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Istiophorus

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Bera

Wrasse, Hogfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, sweet undertone

Texture

soft, tender

Season

may-sept

Scientific Name

Labridae

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Binnaga, Bincho, Tombo

Albacore Tuna

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

april - oct

Scientific Name

Thunnus alalunga

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Bora, Ezobora, Subashiri (young Bora)

Mullet

Origin

Flavor

Wild

rich, nutty, fatty

Texture

firm, fatty

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Mugil cephalus, Mullus barbatus

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Botan Ebi

Spotted Prawn

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet

Texture

soft, "crunchy"

Season

feb-nov

Scientific Name

Pandalus nipponesis, Pandalus platyceros

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Budai

Parrot fish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish

Texture

firm, meaty

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Buri (5kg), Hamachi (3 kg), Inada (1-3 kg), Warasa (<1kg)

Japanese Yellowtail or Amberjack

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

buttery, tangy, oily

Texture

firm, oily

Season

Nov - April

Scientific Name

Seriola quinqueradiata

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Chidai

Crimson Sea Bream

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, sweet

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

Scientific Name

Evynnis japonica

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Chippu, Himemasu, Benimasu

Sockeye Salmon, aka Red Salmon

Origin

Flavor

Wild

rich, sweet, lean

Texture

soft, tender

Season

may-july

Scientific Name

Oncorhynchus nerka

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Chu Toro

Medium Fatty Tuna

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

rich, buttery, umami, iron

Texture

soft, tender

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Datsu

Needlefish, Houndfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

(Pacific) Tylosurus crocodilus, (Atlantic) Strongylura marina

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Ebi

Shrimp

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, delicate, iodine

Texture

crunchy, tender

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Ebodai, Ibodai

Young Butterfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, buttery, umami

Texture

delicate, flaky

Season

march-august

Scientific Name

(Atlantic) Peprilus triacanthus

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Engawa

Fin/Dorsal muscle of Flounder, Fluke, or Halibut

Origin

Flavor

sweet, delicate, umami

Texture

crunchy, firm

Season

Scientific Name

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Fugu

Blowfish, Puffer Fish, Globefish

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

delicate, sweet

Texture

tender, soft, fatty

Season

winder

Scientific Name

Tetraodontidae

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Fugu, Tessa (Sashimi)

Blowfish

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

clean, mild, fatty

Texture

soft, tender

Season

Scientific Name

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Funa

Carp

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

earthy, bold

Texture

firm

Season

winter

Scientific Name

Cyprinus carpio

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Gazami

Blue Crab

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, umami

Texture

soft, tender

Season

Scientific Name

Callinectes sapidus

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Geso

Squid Tentacles

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, briny

Texture

firm, chewy

Season

Scientific Name

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Gima

Short-nose tripod fish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Triacanthus biacubetus

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Gindara

Sablefish, Black Cod

Origin

Flavor

Wild

oily, clean, sweet

Texture

soft, tender, flaky

Season

Scientific Name

Anoplopoma fimbria

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Gindara

Sablefish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, fatty

Texture

tender, flaky

Season

Scientific Name

Anoplopoma fimbrier

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Gizzard Shad

Kohada

Origin

Flavor

Wild

oily, robust

Texture

meaty, soft

Season

nov-dec

Scientific Name

Konosirus punctatus

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Goma aigo

Golden Spinefoot

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Siganus lineatus

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Gurukun, Takasago

Blacktip Fusilier, Yellow-striped Fusilier

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Pterocaesio digramma

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Hachibiki

Bonnetmouth, Redbait

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, mineral

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

winter - summer

Scientific Name

Emmelichthyops atlanticus, Emmelichthys nitidus

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Hagatsuo

Striped Bonito, Striped Skipjack

Origin

Flavor

Wild

robust, mineral

Texture

firm, meaty

Season

spring - summer

Scientific Name

Sarda orientalis

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Hagatsuo, Hatsugatsuo ("First Catch")

Striped Skipjack, Arctic Bonito, Tongkol

Origin

Flavor

Wild

iron, robust, bold

Texture

meaty, flaky

Season

spring

Scientific Name

Katsuwonus pelamis

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Hakkaku, Sachi

Sail-fin poacher

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Podothecus sachi

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Hamadai, Onaga

Ruby Snapper, Scarlet Snapper, Red Snapper

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish

Texture

soft, tender

Season

Scientific Name

Etelis carbunculus

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Hamaguri

Venus Clam, Hard Clam

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

umami, bold, briny, sweet

Texture

medium firm, crunchy

Season

year round/spring

Scientific Name

Veneridae

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Hamo

Pike Eel

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

soft

Season

summer

Scientific Name

Muraenesox bagio

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Harisenbon

Long-spine porcupinefish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Diodon holocanthus

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Hata, Mahata

Grouper

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, delicate, shellfish

Texture

soft, chewy, tight fibers

Season

winter

Scientific Name

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Hatahata

Sailfin sandfish, Japanese sandfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Arctoscopus japonicus

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Hatahata, Satake

Sandfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

(Japanese) Arctoscopus japonicus, (Pacific) Trichodon trichodon

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Haze

Goby, Mudfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

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Hiiragi

Pony fish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

winter

Scientific Name

Leiognathus equulus

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Hikarimono

Shiny skinned fish

Origin

Flavor

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

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Himejako

Giant Clam

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Tridacna gigas

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Himeji

Goatfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Upeneus bensasi

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Himo

Clam mantle

Origin

Flavor

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

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Hiramasa

Kingfish, Yellowtail

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

clean, sweet, rich

Texture

firm, large flakes, fatty

Season

Scientific Name

Seriloa lalandi

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Hirame

Flounder

Origin

Flavor

Wild

clean, umami

Texture

soft, short fibers

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Hokkigai

Hokkaido Surf Clam

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, briny

Texture

medium firm, crunchy

Season

april-june

Scientific Name

Spisula sachalinensis

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Hon Maguro

Northern Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Thunnus orientalis

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Hon Maguro

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Thunnus thynnus

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Hoshi Garei

Starry Flounder, Grindstone,

Origin

Flavor

Wild

fatty, umami

Texture

soft, tender

Season

summer

Scientific Name

Platichthys stellatus

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Hotaru-ika

Firefly Squid

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish, umami, robust

Texture

soft, tender, crunchy

Season

march-may

Scientific Name

Watasenia scintillans

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Hotate

Bay Scallop

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, briny

Texture

delicate, soft

Season

nov-march

Scientific Name

(Atlantic) Argopecten irradians

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Hotategai

Sea Scallop

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, briny

Texture

tender, soft

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Houbo

Sea Robin (Grunard)

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, slighly sweet

Texture

lean, chewy

Season

Scientific Name

Triglidae

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Houbou

Red Gurnard, Sea Robin

Origin

Flavor

Wild

delicate, clean

Texture

chewy, soft

Season

dec-march

Scientific Name

Chelidonichthys cuculus

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II-dako

Young Octopus

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish

Texture

chewy

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Ika

Squid, Cuttlefish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish

Texture

chewy, crunchy

Season

march-aug

Scientific Name

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Ika

Squid

Origin

Flavor

Wild

clean, sweet

Texture

chewy, firm

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Ika-mentai

Mentaiko stuffed Squid

Origin

Flavor

sweet, spicy, umami, robust

Texture

crunchy, soft

Season

Scientific Name

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Ikura, Sujiko (skein of immature salmon roe or trout roe)

Salmon Roe

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

umami, rich, briny

Texture

soft

Season

year round, april-july

Scientific Name

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Inada

Japanese Yellowtail

Origin

Flavor

Farmed

mild, iron, mineral

Texture

fatty, meaty

Season

dec-feb

Scientific Name

Seriola lalandi

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Inada

Young Yellowtail

Origin

Flavor

Wild

clean, umami, lean

Texture

tender, meaty

Season

june-october

Scientific Name

Seriola quinqueradiata

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Isaki

Three-line Grunt, Chicken grunt

Origin

Flavor

Wild

moderately fatty, blue shrimp, clean

Texture

chewy, flaky

Season

june-october

Scientific Name

Parapristipoma trilineatum

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Isaki

Threeline Grunt

Origin

Flavor

Farm

mild, shrimpy

Texture

fatty, flaky

Season

summer

Scientific Name

Parapristipoma trilineatum

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Ise-ebi

Spiny Lobster, Crayfish

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, briny, umami

Texture

crunchy, soft

Season

nov-march

Scientific Name

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Ishidai

Rock Bream/knifejaw

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild

Texture

creamy, chalky, soft

Season

fall-winter

Scientific Name

Oplegnathus fasciatus

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Ishidai, Hasu

Striped Knife Jaw, Parrot bass

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

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Ishigaki-gai

Bering Sea Cockle, Nuttall's Cockle, Basket Cockle

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, briny, umami

Texture

chewy, crunchy

Season

may-oct

Scientific Name

Clinocardium nuttallii

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Ishigakidai, Tentenjisaya

Spotted Knife Jaw

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Oplegnathus punctatus

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Ishimochi

White Croaker

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, sweet

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

Scientific Name

Pennahia argentata

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Ishimochi

Atlantic White Croaker

Origin

Flavor

Wild

clean, mild, sweet

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

april-june

Scientific Name

Micropogonias undulatus

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Itoyori

Threadfin Bream

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, crab, sweet

Texture

large flakes

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Scomberomorus niphonius

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Itoyori

Golden Thread Bream

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, clean, mild

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

Aug-Feb

Scientific Name

Nemipterus virgatus

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Iwana

Arctic Char, Mountain Trout, Char

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, fatty, umami

Texture

soft, tender

Season

march-july

Scientific Name

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Iwana

Artic Char

Origin

Flavor

farmed

fatty but light

Texture

delicate, soft

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Salvelinus alpinus alpinus

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Iwashi, Oba (20+ cm in length)

Sardine

Origin

Flavor

Wild

rich, robust, fatty

Texture

soft, tender

Season

summer

Scientific Name

Sardina pilchardus

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Izumidai

Tilapia

Origin

Flavor

Farmed

clean, lean, earthy

Texture

moderately firm, flaky

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Kaibashira

Scallop Adductor Muscle

Origin

Flavor

briny, sweet

Texture

firm, crunchy, chewy

Season

Scientific Name

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Kaiwari

Whitefin Trevally

Origin

Flavor

Wild

fatty, oily

Texture

meaty but soft

Season

may- oct

Scientific Name

Carangoides equula

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Kajika

Japanese Fluvial Sculpin, Bullhead

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

Cottus pollux

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Kajiki, Makajiki, Kurokajiki

Blue marlin

Origin

Flavor

Wild

fatty, mild

Texture

meaty, firm

Season

winter

Scientific Name

Makaira nigricans (Atlantic)

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Kaki

Oyster

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

clean, umami, briny

Texture

soft, tender

Season

year round

Scientific Name

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Kamasu

Barracuda

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mild, sweet, delicate

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

nov-feb

Scientific Name

Sphyraena barracuda

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Kamasu Sawara

Wahoo, Ono

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mineral, mild, lean

Texture

firm, meaty

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Acanthocybium solandri

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Kamatoro

Fatty Tuna Collar/Neck

Origin

Flavor

Wild

rich, umami, mineral

Texture

firm, crunchy

Season

Scientific Name

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Kani

Crab

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

sweet, umami, briny

Texture

soft, tender

Season

Scientific Name

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Kaniko

Crab Roe

Origin

Flavor

Wild

rich, umami, bold

Texture

soft, tender

Season

Scientific Name

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Kanpachi

Almaco Jack

Origin

Flavor

Farmed/Wild

mild, nutty

Texture

oily, firm

Season

year round

Scientific Name

Seriola Rivoliana

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Kanpachi

Great Amberjack

Origin

Flavor

Wild

mineral, umami, mild

Texture

meaty

Season

summer

Scientific Name

Seriola dumerili

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Karasu Garei

Atlantic Halibut, Greenland Halibut

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish, mild

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

Scientific Name

Hippoglossus hippoglossus

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Karei

Winter Flounder

Origin

Flavor

Wild

Texture

Season

Scientific Name

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Karei

Marbled flounder, Summer flounder

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet delicate, fatty

Texture

soft

Season

summer

Scientific Name

Paralichthys dentatus

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Kasugo-dai

Young Sea Bream

Origin

Flavor

Wild

sweet, shellfish, mild

Texture

soft, flaky

Season

spring

Scientific Name

Pagrus major

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Kasugo/ kodai

Spring Snapper/ baby seabream

Origin

Flavor

Wid

lean,mild,crab,clean

Texture