Differences between Sashimi and Maki

Japanese cuisine has become popular in recent years worldwide, this is due to the variety of dishes with exceptional flavors and great color that provide visual appeal to the diner. Thus, it is very common today to see Japanese food restaurants wherever we go, where one of the most popular dishes is sushi, which is presented with a variety of ingredients that provide different flavors that are pleasant to the palate.

In the same order of ideas, in this article we will show the differences that exist between some of the most popular dishes of Japanese cuisine, such as sashimi and maki.


Basically, sashimi is a dish that does not contain rice, so in traditional Japanese cuisine it cannot be called sushi. In contrast, sashimi consists of sliced ​​raw fish and shellfish with spun radish acting as the base. Its secret lies in the cut, where the fish and shellfish must be very finely sliced ​​and the radish in very fine shreds.

Likewise, sashimi can be accompanied with vegetables such as carrots and a shiso leaf (a culinary herb similar to mint). Apart from this, the filleted pieces of fish in sashimi are usually arranged in a pattern and for reasons of flavor and freshness, the fish should be consumed as soon after preparation as possible.


To begin with, in Japanese the word -maki- means -rolled- and that word is usually used to designate rolls of -nori seaweed- stuffed with sushi rice and vegetables and/or fish that, once rolled, are usually cut into 8 portions, which makes the makis a certain kind of thickness.

Thus, the makis are designed to be eaten in one bite and among them we can find different types in addition to the traditional maki, among which we can mention:

  • The uramaki: whose main peculiarity is that the nori seaweed is inside and what is visible is the rice, sometimes decorated with sesame or other condiments.
  • Osomaki: which is the same as maki, but smaller and usually has only one ingredient in addition to rice and seaweed.
  • The futomaki: they are much larger in size.
  • The temaki: they are made to eat with the hand and have a cylindrical shape.

According to the above, it can be seen that there is a notable difference between sashimi and maki, a difference that has to do with the ingredients and the way the dishes are prepared. In short, we can say that the main difference between sashimi and maki is:

  • Sashimi is a dish of fish or shellfish filleted with spun radish, while maki is a roll of rice with nori seaweed that can contain various ingredients.

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