Where you can find fish when making sushi at home?



Buy fresh fish online? Does that sound crazy to you?


If so, think about what many people said about buying any products online like Amazon some twenty years ago. Many felt uncomfortable entering their credit card information because they felt "not secure" about the online transaction.


Enter the world of ordering fresh fish online - post-COVID lockdown (in the US), 2021.


Thanks to the advancement in logistics and freezing technologies (hello flash fast freezer!), fish for sushi is becoming more and more available to the places where it was unavailable.


Many wholesale fish companies started to sell fish online in the past year after the lockdown. This was due to the sales decrease from restaurants and catering companies closing (temporarily or permanently).


This was bad news for the fish sellers, but to you, this is great news because now you can purchase the fresh fish that was available only to the restaurants.


Since "where can I get sushi fish?" is the top question the participants ask during our in-person and online sushi-making class. I decided to put together a list of supermarkets and fish companies to purchase sushi fish.


About Sushi Grade (or Sashimi Grade)

The first thing is to look for the word "Sashimi" or "Sushi Grade" on the label.


There is no "official" term for Sushi Grade and Sashimi Grade fish as far as FDA is concerned. If you hear someone saying Sushi Grade, it simply means, "suitable for raw consumption."


You've probably seen "Salmon" at the supermarket like Whole Foods or Costco. Since they don't have the word "Sashimi" or "Sushi Grade," those are for cooked consumption. Make sure the label says "Sushi Grade Salmon" or "Sashimi Salmon."


If you are not sure, ask the person who sells the fish if it is sushi grade.



(Hamachi Sashimi, from Marukai Supermarket, Cupertino, CA)




Here is a list of fish sellers and supermarkets you can purchase ingredients



Ranch 99



(photo from Wikimedia)


99 Ranch has 53 stores (as of January 2020), primarily in California, with other stores in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia. The company also started offering shopping via its website in 2014 (from wikiWikipediapedia.)


If you go there, you can find most ingredients for Asian food including sushi ana Japanese.


Mitsuwa


A Japanese supermarket chain in America, with locations in California, Illinois, Texas, Hawaii and New Jersey. Their fish selection is great for those who want to make sushi at home.



(Photo: Wikimedia)


Oregon

Ranch 99


Washington

Ranch 99


Northern California

Four Star Seafood

Located in San Francisco. They sell Breakthrough Sushi's sushi kit for our online sushi making classes.


Royal Hawaiian Seafood (pickup only)

Monterey Fish Market, Berkeley

Berkeley Bowl East, Berkeley

Berkeley Bowl West, Berkeley

Tokyo Fish Market, Berkeley

Nijiya Market, San Francisco

Super Mira, San Francisco

Nijiya Market, San Mateo

Nijiya Market, Mountain View

Nijiya Market, San Jose

Mitsuwa, San Jose

Marukai, Cupertino

Ranch 99


Central California

Giovanni's Fish Market, Moro Bay


Southern California

Fish King Seafood, Glendale

Kai Gourmet, Gardena

Yama Seafood, San Gabriel

Marukai, Little Tokyo

Marukai, San Diego

Marukai, West Los Angeles

Mitsuwa, Torrance

Mitsuwa, Irvine

Mitsuwa, Costa Mesa

Mitsuwa, San Gabriel

Mitsuwa, Santa Monica (West LA)

Mitsuwa, San Diego

Nijiya Market, San Diego

Nijiya Market, Torrance

Nijiya Market, West LA

Nijiya Market, City of Industry

Nijiya Market, Little Tokyo


Nevada

Ranch 99


Texas

Kazy’s Gourmet Shop, Dallas

Mitsuwa, Plano

Ranch 99


Illinois

Mitsuwa, Chicago (Arlington Heights)


Maryland

Ranch 99


Wasthington DC

Hama Japanese Market

Maruichi Japanese Grocery

The District Fishwife


Massachusetts

Ranch 99


Virginia

Ranch 99


New Jersey

Mitsuwa, Edgewater

Yama Seafood

Ranch 99


Hawaii

Honolulu Fish Market

Mitsuwa, Honolulu

Canada

La Mar, Montreal

Fresh Ideas Start Here, Vancouver





Additional articles

Where to get Sushi Fish in San Francisco Bay Area



Where to get sushi fish in the San Francisco Bay area - part 2 Marukai



Where to get sushi fish in the San Francisco Bay Area? Part 3 - Tokyo Fish Market



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