U is for Unagi


My younger daughter Erin, is crazy for sushi-specifically all you can eat sushi which is quite common here in Las Vegas.  She is tiny but I always joke and tell everyone that she can eat her weight in sushi!

Unagi is the Japanese word for freshwater eel, which is not to be confused with anago which is saltwater eel.  Now you know!



Unagi is common in Japanese cuisine and can be served in several ways-grilled over a rice bowl or what is known as a donburi dish.



Unagi is also commonly used in sushi.  Erin does not eat unagi but loves the unagi sauce which is sweet, and is sometimes served on the side as a dip for the specialty sushi rolls.

Unagi is so popular in Japan that it has it’s own special day when unagi is celebrated and consumed.  It is called Doyo-no-ushinohi day and occurs in the summer sometime between mid-July and the early part of August.

Here is a recipe for making your own unagi donburi dish which looks quite easy and delicious.   Itadakimasu or Bon Appetit!


12 comments to U is for Unagi

  • Sunni Morris  says:

    I’ve never eaten eel and not sure I would want to. This is very interesting though. I like learning new things.

    I’m dropping by your blog on the A to Z. Thanks for visiting mine.


    • Lila  says:

      It tastes like fish and you would enjoy it if you like fish. Try it in the rice bowl first- the sauce is sweet and really delicious with sticky rice. Thanks for the reciprocal visit! :)

  • Contented Traveller  says:

    Love Japanese food and particularly sushi and sashimi – great post

    • Lila  says:

      Thanks for the reciprocal visit. If you haven’t tried the don buri bowl then I highly recommend it. It is delicious and my favorite way to eat eel. :)

  • jean baldridge yates  says:

    we come from New York, and love all sorts of different foods. I have not tried eel, but I certainly would have in my non vegetarian days! It looks delicious the way you have it pictured! What a fascinating and fun post! Thank you! jean

    • Lila  says:

      Jean, Thanks for dropping by. Most people who like fish usually like unagi. Glad you enjoy the pictures. :)

  • Raquel  says:

    Okay, I know people who are absolutely nuts over sushi, so I decided to try some. I went to a sushi restaurant with a friend and couldn’t see the big deal! My food was tasty enough, but maybe I ordered the wrong sushi (I can’t remember what I got now.. it has been many years). It was just a bit dull for me. But then again, I will eat roasted garlic cloves whole and triple and quadruple spices in recipes. Maybe my expectations were too high.

    Have you seen the documentary “Hiro Dreams of Sushi”. It’s amazingly inspiring, about Japan’s greatest sushi artist. Recommended!

    • Lila  says:

      Raquel, since you like spicy foods, sushi maybe too bland. I like fish so I really enjoy sashimi. There are all those specialty rolls they make which have a lot more seasoning and some are quite spicy so you could possibly try those if you ever head back to sushi. I wonder if they have all those specialty type rolls in Japan too? I mean, do they like cream cheese and avocado or even deep fried sushi over in Japan?!! Hiro Dreams of Sushi is in my Netflix queue. See, we do have a lot in common. :)

  • Calli  says:

    I love Sushi and although Unagi isn’t my favorite my boyfriend loves it :)

    • Lila  says:

      I like unagi best when it is served in the ricebowl. The sweet sauce with the rice is delicious. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  • Corinne  says:

    I love, love, love Unagi. I love it with the sweetened sauce over rice…yum!

    • Lila  says:

      Glad you like Unagi too. I like it in the rice bowl best too. Thanks for always stopping by Connie! :)

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