What to Order at Sushi Restaurants When you Don’t Like the Taste of Fish

Some people think that sushi restaurants are only for fish-lovers. Not true! If you are not a fan of fish, there are plenty of options at most sushi restaurants made with other protein sources. Some of the best dishes at sushi restaurants are prepared using plant-based foods, chicken or beef. Below are a few sushi menu highlights describing the most popular non-fish sushi restaurant items for those who do not like the taste of fish.

Non-fish entrees

Sushi restaurants offer many entrées in addition to appetizers and sushi rolls. Classic entrees include chicken and beef teriyaki (chicken or beef smothered in a delicious teriyaki coating), sesame chicken (breaded chicken dipped in a sesame seasoning), spicy chicken (breaded chicken dipped in a spicy sauce), and chicken and pork katsu (meat is breaded and fried). Yakisoba is another popular entrée offering, which is a Japanese stir-fry dish made with buckwheat noodles, veggies, soy sauce, and chicken or beef. An added bonus to ordering an entrée is that it usually comes with a side salad and miso soup.

Vegetable tempura platter

Vegetable tempura is a fun twist on shrimp tempura and is a great way to pack plant-based nutrients into your meal when you don’t like the taste of fish. It usually includes a series of veggies (broccoli, kabocha, zucchini, onion, sweet potato, and carrots) that are battered in a light sauce and deep-fried. The end result is a light, crispy, and delicious veggie dish that is available at most sushi restaurants. It is served with tempura for delicious dipping. 

Fried rice and rice bowls are a great alternative to fish 

Bowl-based meals have become popular, and for good reason! These are great alternatives to bigger entrees, especially if you want veggies, meat, and rice (but no fish). Depending on the restaurant, you can usually order a fried rice dish (the ingredients are all fried over a skillset together with soy sauce) or separately cooked and served with teriyaki sauce. 

Plant-based sushi rolls

If you don’t like fish but still want to eat sushi, there are a number of veggie-based options available. Avocado rolls are a popular choice. Avocado rolls are served as chunks of ripe avocado rolled in a layer of sushi rice and covered in seaweed. Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help with weight loss, reducing the risk of developing heart disease, and reducing inflammation. Another option is the simple cucumber roll, which is a light and healthy addition to any meal. Pickled ginger usually comes with sushi rolls, too.

Side dishes for those don’t like the taste of fish

Last but not least, there are a number of non-fish side dishes that vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike often order. A classic is edamame, which is a dish of boiled and lightly salted soybeans. These pair well with any meal. Another popular side dish is seaweed salad. The seaweed salad is a vegan option and a great source of iodine, as well as folate, zinc, calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamin, iron, manganese, copper, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.

If you don’t like the taste of fish, but want to enjoy the ambiance and experience of a sushi restaurant, there are many options for you to indulge in. RB Sushi caters to many pallets, including those who prefer to skip the fish.