Unagi: Japan’s Delicious Freshwater Eel

The Japanese word “unagi” refers to freshwater eels, in particular the anguilla japonica species native to the country. It’s a popular seafood in Japan, and can be found on the classic unagi nigiri-sushi at our Bellevue Japanese restaurant. This is one of the more traditional varieties of sushi that you will commonly see with cooked meat, as the freshwater habitat of the unagi eel makes it a bigger health risk to be served raw.

In Japan, it’s not uncommon for a restaurant to specialize entirely in unagi dishes. The meat is well loved on sushi and in “unagi-don” donburi. During the summer, unagi is traditionally eaten during the Day of the Ox in midsummer.

Unagi meat is high in protein, calcium, and vitamin A. Try some out today at Flo’s Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar.