Today I’d like to introduce a seasonal fish that populates Shima’s waters: Isagi!
Also known as the “Chicken Grunt,” the Isagi is a fish that’s in season from spring to fall, with its peak season being from spring to summer!
One of the unique qualities of Isagi is that it’s delicious regardless of size, unlike other fish who follow a “bigger is better” pattern.
That being said, Isagi is especially delicious as sashimi (I can attest to this!) during its spawning season (May-June), because its body produces more fat during this period. It’s so good that it can even be compared to Tai (Sea Bream), which is a higher quality fish.
Be on the lookout for Isagi at your local shops and markets, and give it a try if you get the chance!
(Photo credits go to their original owners)