Everybody loves salmon. Here in the West, there could hardly be a more important form of seafood. It’s hard to imagine the menu at our Issaquah sushi restaurant without the delicious pink meat of this American favorite.
However, salmon is a relatively recent introduction to the world of sushi. This fish had to be brought to Japan from North America, and for a long while the country was reluctant to try it in the form of sushi. The occasionally freshwater nature of the fish brought about some concerns regarding parasites, so the Japanese did not want to serve it raw. Today, salmon that is meant for use as sushi is flash frozen as soon as it is taken from the water so as to kill off any dangerous organisms without significantly affecting the quality or taste of the fish.