What Does Fugu (Puffer Fish) Taste Like

What Is Fugu?

Fugu is the Japanese word for a the puffer fish, a very dangerous and poisonous fish. Fugu contains tetrodotoxin, which is  lethally poisonous. Fugu must be prepared very carefully to remove all toxins before consumption. In 1984, Fugu was temporarily banned from Japanese restaurants due to how poisonous it is.  It takes 3 years of careful training before a chef is qualified to cook the fish delicacy. The liver is said to the tastiest part of the fish.

How It Tastes

Fugu has a similar flavor to chicken, gelatinous, tough and rubbery. Other accounts say it tastes like halibut.


Fugu is eaten more for the danger than for the flavor.

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