Is fresh fish OK to eat raw?
While eating raw fish can be healthful, it is always riskier. Cooking fish at high temperatures kills bacteria and parasites. When you eat raw fish, there is a greater risk of food poisoning or contracting a parasite. Food poisoning is caused by eating food infected with certain bacteria.
What grade of fish can I eat raw?
‘Sushi-grade‘ fish is the term given to fish that shows it is safe to prepare and eat raw. Sushi-grade fish is caught quickly, bled upon capture, gutted soon after, and iced thoroughly. Known parasitic fish, such as salmon, should be frozen at 0°F for 7 days or flash-frozen at -35°F for 15 hours.
Why do Japanese eat raw fish?
Our Japan Experts can’t wait to bust this popular myth. Sushi in Japan is largely thought to have occurred during the second century A.D. out of the need to keep meat fresh without refrigeration. Meat and fish would be cured, wrapped in rice and kept in a cool place to preserve its freshness.