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White flesh fish

A photo of isaki sushi
Chicken grunt (Isaki)

Chicken grunt (Isaki)

What is Isaki?
Isaki is written using a few different character combinations, “鶏魚” (which translates literally as ‘chicken fish’), “伊佐木” and “伊佐幾”. Adult Isaki grow as long as 40 cm. You can find it on coasts of Japan where there are warm currents. In most cases, fish lose their flavor during spawning season, but isaki maintains its flavor even when carrying eggs, so it is available to eat during its summer spawning season.

Along with suzuki fish, Chicken grunt(Isaki) come into season during the summer in Japan. With every bite of the pale-pink flesh, you can enjoy its tasty fat. “Tsuyu (rainy season) Isaki” is a term that describes isaki fish caught during June and July as it becomes fattier and tastier.

Also called Threeline grunt.

Main production area

Fukuoka Nagasaki Mie