I love raw fish. In fact, I prefer raw fish over cooked fish any day. Yesterday, my roommate said she thought that in order to eat salmon or any other fish raw, the fish has to be "sushi grade." Is there any truth to this statement? And if this is true, how can I go about figuring out if the fish is sushi grade?
For instance, yesterday I bought a package of Changing Seas Smoked Salmon from Whole Foods. Is this Salmon safe to eat raw? Should I sear it? Is it safe?
Thank you, all advice and suggestions are welcome.
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on December 10, 2012
at 07:58 PM
Smoked Salmon is of course safe to eat -- but it's not "raw", it's been smoked. (note: even cold smoked salmon, while not cooked, is not considered raw in the culinary sense)
Certifying fish as sushi grade just means that it has gone through a more thorough process of certification which includes the full lineage of the fish (where it was caught, how it was handled, temperature exposures, etc.).
In my opinion, eating raw fish is like eating raw meat. If you know and trust the source of your food then you certainly can eat it raw. The beef I get from a local farm is not sold as "organic" "grass-fed" or "prime" because the farm doesn't participate in the USDA ratings for sale. They work 100% direct to consumer. However, I know the beef is organic and grass-fed. And it certainly has better marbling than most of the meat I can get at the store. Would I eat it raw? Well I eat it more rare than I would store bought crap. I know the farm, I know the butcher, and I pick it up straight from them -- I am comfortable with it.
I personally am not as comfortable with the Alaskan salmon that is sitting at my local whole foods that was not certified sushi grade.
on December 10, 2012
at 08:56 PM
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