Red Snapper Sashimi

Discover the simplicity and deliciousness of my Red Snapper Sashimi recipe! Savor the fresh and delicate taste of red snapper, perfectly paired with the zesty kick of ponzu sauce, fresh ginger, and green onions. With minimal preparation and all-natural ingredients, this dish offers a simple and delectable way to enjoy sashimi right in your own kitchen!

Red snapper sea bream sashimi served on a white plate topped with green onion and grated ginger in a lemon ponzu sauce.

Why I Love This Recipe

My recipe is the traditional and Japanese authentic way to savor the flavors of red snapper sashimi right in the comfort of your home, using simple, all-natural ingredients! I prepared this Japanese-style dish to showcase the delicate sweetness of red snapper sea bream, perfectly complemented by simple flavors of the zesty ponzu sauce, ginger, and green onions!

Just like in my Yellowtail Carpaccio Sashimi and Salmon Carpaccio recipes, we start by thinly slicing the fish like a carpaccio style and then pour over the premixed sauce on top. If you’re someone who appreciates the taste of authentic, homemade sashimi, this recipe is a must-try!



  • Red Snapper – sashimi-grade. Also know as Red Sea Bream, can be found in Japanese supermarkets.
  • Ginger – fresh and finely grated.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
  • Ponzu – a citrus flavored soy sauce found in most Japanese supermarkets, Mizkan brand preferred.
  • Lemon – wedge and used for garnish.

🍣 Red Snapper Ingredient Note

When it comes to red snapper, it’s important to note that the term “red snapper” can refer to various fish species. To ensure you’re using the right fish for this recipe, look for Red Sea Bream or Madai, which are specific names associated with this fish.

Red snapper sea bream sashimi served on a white plate topped with green onion and grated ginger in a lemon ponzu sauce, top down shot.


Step 1 Arrange sliced sea bream on a plate, garnish each slice with grated ginger and chopped green onion.

Sliced red snapper topped with green onions and ginger.

🍣 Sashimi Pro Tip

Ensure success in preparing sashimi by thoroughly Pat-Drying the sea bream before cutting it into thin, bite-sized pieces using a sharp knife Slicing Against the Grain. These steps are crucial for achieving perfect sashimi consistency.

Step 2 On the side of the plate, pour a pool of ponzu sauce. Serve immediately.

Sliced red snapper sashimi.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

Wrap the sashimi with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until serving time; it’s Best Served Chilled. Only pour the dressing over it right before serving.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair your Red Snapper Sashimi with zesty vegetables like a Japanese Cabbage Salad, Seaweed Salad, or Japanese Cucumber Salad for a delightful contrast in textures and flavors. If you’re in the mood for soup Clam Miso Soup is an excellent choice to complete your meal.

Red snapper sea bream sashimi served on a white plate topped with green onion and grated ginger in a lemon ponzu sauce being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Red Snapper Sea Bream?

Red Snapper Sea Bream, also known as red snapper or madai in Japan, is a fish renowned for its delicate sweetness and refreshing taste. It's highly regarded in Japanese culture and is even considered the New Year's fish, a prominent feature in Osechi, the traditional New Year's Day feast.

How can I ensure the safety and freshness of the fish for sashimi?

To ensure the safety and freshness of the fish for sashimi, maintain cleanliness by keeping your hands and cutting surfaces clean to avoid cross-contamination. Store the sashimi in the fridge until serving to maintain its freshness. Trust your senses; fresh fish should have a clean, ocean-like scent, so if it smells off, it's best to discard it.

Where can I find Red Sea Bream or Madai for this recipe?

You can typically find Red Sea Bream or Madai for this recipe at most Japanese grocery stores.

Storage Tips

To preserve the freshness of leftovers, it’s advisable to consume them promptly, as sashimi is best enjoyed fresh. If you find yourself with leftovers, store them in an airtight container, and they should maintain their quality for up to 12 hours.

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Red snapper sea bream sashimi served on a white plate topped with green onion and grated ginger in a lemon ponzu sauce.

Red Snapper Sashimi

Discover the art of making exquisite Red Snapper Sashimi, a delightful Sea Bream Sushi recipe that's a true Japanese delicacy. Enjoy the fresh flavors of sea bream in this authentic dish!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: madai sashimi, red snapper sashimi, sea bream sushi, tai sashimi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 17kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Red Snapper Sashimi
  • Finley chop green onion and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • Grind down ginger with a grater and set aside.
    Grated ginger.
  • Pat dry the Red Seabream block with a paper towel. Finely slice Red Seabream into 1/4 inch thickness and lay down slices onto a serving plate.
    Sliced red snapper.
  • On top of each Red Seabream slice, place a small pinch of green onion and ginger. Sprinkle on Toasted Sesame Seeds and keep in fridge until ready to serve.
    Sliced red snapper topped with green onions and ginger.
  • Prior to serving, cut a wedge of lemon and set on serving plate. Pour Ponzu in a corner of the serving plate as shown in below picture and enjoy immediately! Note - you don't want to pour Ponzu directly over the fish as you want the green onions and ginger to stay dry.
    Sliced red snapper sashimi.


Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 681mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 10mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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