Seasonal Fishes 14: Buri/Yellowtail


As explained in a precedent posting on Kampachi we are just between two distinct seasons for Buri/鰤 or Yellowtail, as Hiramasa or young Yellowtail is caught in Summer and Buri/Mature Yellowtail is caught in Winter.

How do you recognize them apart?

Buri has a “square chin” as they say in Japanese. Look at the back extremity of the mouth,

whereas it is more rounded for the hiramasa.

In Japan they are caught south of Hokkaido Island.
They come under many names: Wakashi, Inada, Warasa, Wakana, Hamachi and Mejiro.

Buri/Yellowyail is most popular when caught in rising waters in Winter when called Kan Buri/寒鰤 or “Cold Yellowtail.

Buri sashimi after light grill/Aburi/炙り

Young Yellowtails are best eaten as sahimi or

Buri Sushi

or as sushi as they are leaner then.

Older buri, cotaining a lot of fat, are better eaten cooked

Buri Teriyaki,

Buri Ara with the whole head, or

Buri Mopponzu, including innards, especially liver and heart.

In the West of Japan, a New Year Meal cannot be conceived without buri!

Natural Buri catch accounts for 70,000~80,000 tonnes, while human-raised buri accounts for over 130,000 tonnes every year.
Imported buri account for less than 3,000 tonnes.


4 thoughts on “Seasonal Fishes 14: Buri/Yellowtail”

  1. Kampachi skin has darker colour than Buri / Hiramasa / wakashi.
    Kampachi skin has greyish brownish metallic hue and its belly are not as white as Yellowtail buri / hiramasa / wakashi.

  2. Hi

    Out of curiosity , Is Aiburi ( black banded Amberjack) Seriola Nigrofasciata, commonly eaten in Japan , either as sashimi or cooked?

  3. dear Johan!
    Aburi means seared!
    Now Yellowtail or “Buri” in Japanese is eaten in many ways: sashimi, lightly seared, simmered or in teriyaki! A very eclectic fish!

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