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What's your sushi fish ordering strategy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 03, 2010 at 11:06 PM

I'm planning my strategy for a party at a sushi restaurant. It's easy to avoid the rice, but I'm not sure how to go about which fish to order. The only thing I've really seen labeled as wild-caught at sushi restaurants is certain salmon, which not even all sushi restaurants carry, so I'm going to guess that every thing else is factory-farmed. According to this source, tuna, factory-farmed salmon, yellowtail, and fresh-water eel should all be avoided for reasons of mercury and the diseases that percolate in factory farms. What's left?

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on October 12, 2011
at 05:22 AM

+1 Love this answer!

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on April 24, 2011
at 08:05 AM

would you know which sauces (by name) have dairy or gluten? Is avoiding tempura for the vegetable oils and possible gluten cross-contamination?

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on April 24, 2011
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What's commonly recommended is to avoid tuna not because it is farmed, but because it is a fish that lives considerable long enough lives to accumulate potentially harmful levels of mercury. And it is recommended to consume smaller, short-living fish like sardines to avoid mercury contamination.

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on November 12, 2010
at 06:08 PM

All tuna is wild. Yellowtail is tuna, therefore wild. I don't think mackerel is ever farmed either.

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on November 09, 2010
at 05:52 AM

The thing about hogfish is that they won't bite a hook so you need to know a diver who spearfishes! So that's why you don't usually see it outside of Florida - just too hard to get. We are around Tampa Bay, but the place we got them the most was in the Keys. Now my husband is mainly a cave diver - so no fish (serious bummer).

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on November 06, 2010
at 03:30 AM

I'm actually more concerned about the soy in the soy sauce than the minimal amount of wheat in it. But that's just me personally.

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on November 06, 2010
at 03:29 AM

hopefully someone else can carry the torch with a bit more energy!

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on November 06, 2010
at 03:27 AM

mackerel, salmon, and yellow-tail. I think I could have done better, like at least inquire into what was wild-caught. But it's a been a long week and I just didn't feel up to getting to a whole conversation with the waiter. I'm definitely going to eat some brazil nuts to get in some extra selenium as was suggested.

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on November 06, 2010
at 12:36 AM

ps: Olga what did you end up getting? inquiring minds want to know!

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on November 06, 2010
at 12:33 AM

great question...i've been staying far away from the sushi place but for fun I would like to know what is acceptable (just in case)

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on November 05, 2010
at 05:29 AM

Kikuya in University City.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on November 05, 2010
at 05:28 AM

you hog the hogfish? where in Florida (my parents live on the Space Coast)?

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on November 05, 2010
at 05:26 AM

think she means they may not want to give you a seaweed wrap without rice, so it's easier to ask for a cucumber.

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on November 04, 2010
at 11:02 PM

ScottMGS - I'm in San Diego, too. Which sushi bar here does the Protein Roll for you? I'd like to try them! =)

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on November 04, 2010
at 09:37 PM

I LOVE the box of tamari (wheat free soy sauce) restaurant-style packets that I bought on Amazon. You could keep these in your purse for such occasions. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tamari+packs

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on November 04, 2010
at 09:33 PM

Great question, one I am following with interest as I'm right in the thick of childbearing years AND a sushi-lover.

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on November 04, 2010
at 05:43 PM

I love Japanese pickles too! I wish they sold them in stores.

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:22 PM

I know what you mean about land mines! I admit, I do sometimes eat the soy sauce, but other times I mix the wasabi with squeezed lemon.

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:27 PM

Shrimp, egg, mackeral (my fav), octopus, sardine, squid should be okay.

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:22 PM

My god, I LOVE brazil nuts! I tend to pick them out of the mixed nuts before the cashews (always have). Does that mean I'm selenium deficient?

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on November 04, 2010
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I usually stay away from added Wasabi because I stay away from soy sauce. But damn, everything is a land mine....

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:27 AM

My original plan was just to ask for no rice, so just seaweed wrap plus sushi. Is the concern over the seaweed wrap about soy or gluten being in it? Or is it just a personal preference?

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:25 AM

At restaurants you pretty much have to wing it, but I occasionally fake celiac :).

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:24 AM

Yeah, I have it. Unfortunately, it seems like they pan all the sushi staples. Plus, I kind of didn't want to be that person that pulled out an iphone at dinner :)

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at 12:23 AM

ooh.. I'm always happy to have a reason to eat brazil nuts. I totally understand what you mean about not stressing over the things I can't control. I just wanted to check if there was some easy paleo strategy that I was missing.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on November 03, 2010
at 11:28 PM

I think you should just make the best of what you have. Eat some sashimi and don't sweat it. Maybe eat extra clean for a few days after? Or eat some brazil nuts, which have a lot of selenium which helps with the mercury.

I don't worry about the things I can't control, it just stresses me out.

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:23 AM

ooh.. I'm always happy to have a reason to eat brazil nuts. I totally understand what you mean about not stressing over the things I can't control. I just wanted to check if there was some easy paleo strategy that I was missing.

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:22 PM

My god, I LOVE brazil nuts! I tend to pick them out of the mixed nuts before the cashews (always have). Does that mean I'm selenium deficient?

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:25 AM

At restaurants you pretty much have to wing it, but I occasionally fake celiac :).

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:09 AM

It's a party. Assuming all the other people are not paleo eaters, then I would order what other people like to eat and that certainly includes tuna. Sushi is definitely healthier than most SAD eating. Would that we would be so lucky that the public ate more sushi and less french fries.

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on November 03, 2010
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The Monterey Aquarium has excellent guides to choosing seafood. They take both health and environmental factors into consideration. They have downloadable pocket guides and even an iPhone app! Monterey Aquarium

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:24 AM

Yeah, I have it. Unfortunately, it seems like they pan all the sushi staples. Plus, I kind of didn't want to be that person that pulled out an iphone at dinner :)

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:37 AM

Watch out for the wasabi. Even the best Japanese restaurants routinely serve faux wasabi which is made from horseradish, cornstarch and spirulina for colour. Ask for the real thing.

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:22 PM

I know what you mean about land mines! I admit, I do sometimes eat the soy sauce, but other times I mix the wasabi with squeezed lemon.

E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

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on November 04, 2010
at 03:00 AM

I usually stay away from added Wasabi because I stay away from soy sauce. But damn, everything is a land mine....

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on November 04, 2010
at 09:37 PM

I LOVE the box of tamari (wheat free soy sauce) restaurant-style packets that I bought on Amazon. You could keep these in your purse for such occasions. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tamari+packs

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on November 06, 2010
at 03:30 AM

I'm actually more concerned about the soy in the soy sauce than the minimal amount of wheat in it. But that's just me personally.

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:01 AM

I agree with mari's statement in not fretting about the things I can't control. Its frustrating to want to fuel your body with the best sources of nutrients possible. However, in a society that is culturally nourished through commercial food products, the cognitive dissonance we experience as a result of wanting to do the right thing but having to deal with the reality of our environment is difficult and unfortunate.

Fortunately in this case, the sashimi is your best bet. The 'crab meat' aka that bright orange crap they label crab meat is definitely to be avoided at all costs. What you could also do is befriend the Sushi chef and try a different variety of sashimi or sushi. When I opt for a roll, I have the chef prepare it in a cucumber rather than in the normal seaweed and rice blanket.

If you are still unhappy with this situation, perhaps it would be a better option to seek a different type of cuisine that will not only satisfy your caveman palate, but will alleviate the stress caused by trying to weed out the toxins being heartily enjoyed by the average consumer.

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:27 AM

My original plan was just to ask for no rice, so just seaweed wrap plus sushi. Is the concern over the seaweed wrap about soy or gluten being in it? Or is it just a personal preference?

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on November 05, 2010
at 05:26 AM

think she means they may not want to give you a seaweed wrap without rice, so it's easier to ask for a cucumber.

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on October 12, 2011
at 05:22 AM

+1 Love this answer!

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on November 04, 2010
at 02:59 AM

Yeah this is rough. After reading too much about fish I stopped really craving sushi. If I get it occasionally I get wild tuna, soft-shell crab, mackerel, sardine, or scallops. Avoid anything with mayo or tempura...my old favs :(

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

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on April 24, 2011
at 08:05 AM

would you know which sauces (by name) have dairy or gluten? Is avoiding tempura for the vegetable oils and possible gluten cross-contamination?

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on November 04, 2010
at 08:43 PM

Olga, I see you're in DC - where are you going? If you go to a really good place with a traditional chef who chooses their own fish at the market and cares about what is served, then just ask "What is good and wild-caught today?". They will know. And if they actually go to the fish market you may get lucky with whatever "catch-of-the-day" unusual fish happened to be there if you ask for it.

Here in Florida my favorite restaurant sometimes has fresh red snapper, grouper, or very occasionally, hogfish. Sorry, all you folks outside of Florida don't know about hogfish because we keep it all for ourselves!

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on November 09, 2010
at 05:52 AM

The thing about hogfish is that they won't bite a hook so you need to know a diver who spearfishes! So that's why you don't usually see it outside of Florida - just too hard to get. We are around Tampa Bay, but the place we got them the most was in the Keys. Now my husband is mainly a cave diver - so no fish (serious bummer).

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on November 05, 2010
at 05:28 AM

you hog the hogfish? where in Florida (my parents live on the Space Coast)?

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on November 04, 2010
at 05:29 AM

The place I go to (very occasionally) has a Protein Roll that has no rice. I can't say that everything in it is paleo-kosher, though.

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on November 05, 2010
at 05:29 AM

Kikuya in University City.

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on November 04, 2010
at 11:02 PM

ScottMGS - I'm in San Diego, too. Which sushi bar here does the Protein Roll for you? I'd like to try them! =)

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on November 04, 2010
at 03:01 AM

i'm with Melissa. i eat it when i want it and don't fret about heavy metals and such. Mackerel and sardine just drive me nuts, I love them. I also LOVE japanese pickles and will get "oshinko" rolls if given the choice.

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on November 04, 2010
at 05:43 PM

I love Japanese pickles too! I wish they sold them in stores.

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