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A Guide to "Fusion" Sushi

Last updated 7 years ago

For most people, the word sushi brings to mind images of raw fish, rice, and seaweed, which for some is a wonderful meal, but for others is a tummy-turner.  Sushi restaurants in America have evolved to offer a variety of dishes sure to please any palate. Sushi chefs have begun incorporating elements of a myriad of styles into their offerings, dishing up what has been dubbed “fusion sushi.”

Fusion sushi restaurants feature a subtle blend of exotic flavors, served in Japanese-style dishes. Traditional Japanese restaurants typically don’t serve items with jalapeno or salsa in them, but the flavors of Mexico are commonly found in fusion sushi restaurants.

A few examples of fusion sushi dishes include:

  • A California roll topped with spicy tuna, lotus root, and jalapeno. The California roll was almost the original piece of fusion sushi—it typically features crab and avocado, and contains no raw fish. Sushi restaurant chefs make it even more unique by adding ingredients like lotus root and jalapeno.
  • A tempura roll featuring sea eel tempura, Japanese mint leaf, and cucumber, with a garlic chip on top. Tempura is a lightly-battered style of frying that makes everything taste delicious. Eel is a traditional sushi bar ingredient, but mixing it with cucumber and garlic gives it a fresh, unique feel. Because the eel is served tempura style, it is fried, meaning there are no raw proteins in this dish.
  • A roll featuring a trio of albacore, asparagus, and avocado. Asparagus and avocado are Western ingredients, but they add a great depth to the flavor of the albacore, a popular sushi bar ingredient.

For newcomers to sushi, or anyone looking for a unique sushi restaurant experience, come visit us at one of our Kabuki Japanese Restaurant locations. Our chefs have worked hard to make the sushi experience welcoming, accessible, and delicious for everyone. Come join us tonight!


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