List of Red flesh fish (Akami)

Akami generally refers to red-colored meat like beef and fish meat. The typical Akami fish are tuna and bonito. Its fatty and rich taste gives you satisfaction like “This is the sushi”. The meat gets its red color from the high hemoglobin and myoglobin content specific to migratory fish. At a sushi restaurant, when you order Akami, you will be served tuna. The word Akami exists for tuna.

*Japanese terms will be italicized on sushi ingredients page.

<Akami-Red flesh fish>

Basho kajiki-Indo pacific sailfish

Binnaga maguro-Longfin white tuna

Hagatuo-Striped bonito

Hirasouda-Frigate tuna

Katsuo-Bonito (Oceanic bonito, Striped tuna)

Kihada maguro-Yellowfin tuna

Kosinaga maguro- Longtail tuna

Kurokawa kajiki (Kuro kajiki)-Indo pacific Blue marlin

Maguro (Kuromaguro, Honmaguro, Shibi)-Bluefin tuna

Makajiki-Striped marlin

Mebachi maguro-Bigeye tuna

Mekajiki-Swordfish

Minami maguro (Indo maguro)-Southernbluefin tuna

Shirokawa kajiki (Shiro kajiki)-Black marlin

Suma-Wavyback skipjack, Eastern little tuna


We hope this information will be helpful.

Revision date: January 21, 2023

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