Sashimi and Keto
When I first started out on keto, my research led to many warnings about how difficult it would be to follow in Japan. At times it’s certainly not easy, however there are a plethora of incredible Japanese foods that fit perfectly with a keto lifestyle. One is sashimi, which is difficult to find with such quality and abundance abroad. The variety in Japan is incredible and I’m learning to love it more and more!
What is sashimi?
Sashimi is sliced raw fish that is often served with shredded daikon radish, shiso leaves, wasabi and soy sauce. With this colorful platter, my lunch today was quick, simple and affordable. I found it pre-packaged in the deli at my local supermarket Peacock for only ¥398. This lovely assortment even included a remarkably tasty hotate or scallop.
Can I eat sashimi on Keto?
It can certainly be eaten on keto, as fish is full of healthy Omega 3 oils. The fish is usually quite lean, so meals should also be balanced out with fattier alternatives too. In Japan sashimi can be purchased everywhere, from exclusive restaurants to standing bars at the local fish market.
How is sashimi served?
It’s sometimes served on rice, which can simply be avoided. It’s more commonly served on a bed of daikon, a radish that looks like a white carrot and is relatively low in carbs. It’s incredibly common in Asia, so I’m trying to incorporate more of it into my diet. Shiso is a herb with a unique flavor (also known as perilla) which is part of the mint family. It’s high in fibre, free of sugar and incredibly tasty. Wasabi is closely related to horseradish and has an incredible kick, while soy sauce contains a small amount of wheat, which is fine in moderation!
How is it eaten?
When eating sashimi, it’s ideal to start with the lightest-tasting fish and work your way towards the heaviest. This stops stronger flavors such as fatty-tuna from overpowering gentler ones like snapper. Place a small amount of wasabi on top of the fish and fold the fish in half, before dipping in soy sauce. This keeps the soy from diluting the wasabi and stops the wasabi from burning your tongue!