The last thing you want to do is offend anyone! Next time you’re dining out, keep these sushi etiquette rules in mind!
The concept of sushi was first introduced to Japan in the ninth century and became popular as Buddhism spread. Their traditional combination of rice and fish is known as nare-zushi, or aged sushi.
Fast-forward to today, and you’ll notice that sushi is constantly evolving. Modern sushi chefs have introduced new ingredients, preparation styles, and serving methods. Traditional nigiri sushi is still served in the U.S., but cut rolls wrapped in seaweed or soy paper have gained popularity. Creative additions like cream cheese, spicy mayonnaise, and deep-fried rolls have been incorporated.
DO: Pick up your sushi either with your chopsticks or with your fingers! Don’t worry, no one will judge you for enjoying finger food at a sushi restaurant.
DON’T: Skewer your sushi. You’re using chopsticks and not a fork for a reason!
DO: Use the back end of your chopsticks when taking food from a shared plate. No one wants to share germs across the table.
DON’T: Rub your chopsticks together to remove splinters. This is seen as incredibly offensive because it implies that you think the establishment is too cheap to buy quality chopsticks.
DO: Dip the fish side (not the seaweed or rice side) into soy sauce, and always use wasabi sparingly.
DON’T: Mix wasabi and soy sauce. It’s just gross, and it destroys the integrity of both flavors.
DO: Eat your sushi in one bite. This preserves the beauty of the sushi and is considered respectful.
DON’T: Put the pickled ginger on your sushi. It’s actually meant to be a palate cleanser to eat between bites of different rolls.
DO: Sit at the bar if you’re dining alone. This will give you a chance to interact with the chef, ask the chef questions about the sushi, and watch the process of making rolls!
There you have it! All our best sushi etiquette tips, to make sure you get the most out of your next sushi experience. What are some other sushi etiquette tips you’ve heard over the years? Share them with us in the comments below!