Unagi – Japanese eel

“Unagi” (Freshwater eel – うなぎ) is one of my favorite Japanese dishes. Before coming to Japan I didn’t really like any kind of eel, but the way it is prepared here and the softness of the species Anguilla japonica changed my mind. It is usually grilled with soy sauce (Kabayaki) and served on a bed of rice (Kabayaki-don).

If you have the opportunity, try it!



  • jen

    May 11, 2007 at 2:35 am

    Hi Hector! Love what you’re doing with this blog (mostly because I’m a geek too and derive great amusement from the content)!

    Would just like to point out that what’s in that picture is actually “una-juu” (うな重). It’s a “juu” because it’s in a rectangular lacquered box. If it’s in a regular round bowl (a “donburi”, 丼) , then it’s “una-don” (うな丼). The food inside the container is really the same thing, though.

    Thought you might like to know that, since you call yourself a geek. 🙂

  • kirai

    May 11, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Thanks lot! That’s next level. I didn’t know the difference between うな重 and うな丼.

  • Adi

    May 11, 2007 at 9:08 am

    I’m a big fan of Unagi. That picture just made me so hungry..now…T_T

  • AS

    May 11, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Ahhh…unagi, what would I do without you. But I have to head over to Japan to get the really fat and fresh eel while their in season to truly experience the true flavor of eel.

  • offspring

    May 12, 2007 at 6:06 am

    i am hungry. oiishi

  • alafista

    May 12, 2007 at 8:07 am

    wow i love unagi .. how much does it cost over in japan for a nice unagi set?

  • nodle

    May 13, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Kinda looks tasty, I wish they served food like that around here. I think i would try it.

  • g. yandell

    May 16, 2007 at 12:10 am

    I would add for anyone visiting Japan to try pretty much anything put in front of them. I had a wonderful time trying everything from eel soup to battered and deep fried fish bones. I sure do miss that island!

  • kenshiro

    May 29, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Yummy. I just came back from a vacation in Japan. I had fresh eel in Narita, as well as carp miso soup. It was delicious!

  • aus

    August 22, 2007 at 1:41 am

    Is there another name for unagi?

  • dimaks

    November 24, 2007 at 8:31 am

    i have tried eating eels in my country before i came to Japan.. tastes good always!

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  • Japanese phrases

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Looks really great. I haven’t had unagi for quite some time. Some friends and I caught some utsubo a few weeks ago, but it didn’t turn out to be so good lol.

  • Brett

    August 7, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Unagi is probably the food I miss most from Japan. I lived there (in Kyoto) for three years and our son was born there.

    I have written quite a bit about Japan, including English language articles for Kansai Scene magazine which you can read at my website: [http://www.bretthetherington.net]

    I’ve lived near Barcelona for the last 4 years and will stay here. Do you miss much about Spain, Hector?

    Great site, by the way. (I especially liked the pictures of sleeping people. I remember that well.)