Firefly Squid (Hotaru Ika) get their name for the vibrant blue glow they brandish during spawning season. This enchanting sight in the sea heralds springtime in Japan, when these tiny little squid will adorn high-end menus for the season. Typically just two or three inches long, Hotaru Ika are often eaten raw, but are also delicious when marinated and grilled. Their taste is bold and briney, but not too “fishy,” most commonly compared to rich, fatty shrimp, though they earnestly defy any direct comparisons. An approachable, balanced introduction to the squid could be steaming them with dashi and serving over rice, or alongside cucumber salad. Regardless of preparation, we highly recommend eating them whole, as the mix of textures contained within just one bite is absolutely one of a kind.
Our Hotaru Ika arrived cooked, ready to serve as-is or amenable to further preparation. While they remain extremely rare outside of eastern Asia, this is an incredible opportunity to indulge in something profoundly evocative of elevated Japanese cuisine from half the world away.
Offered in a 300g portioned tray.
*** Due to the perishability of this product, we ship this product out once a week on Tuesday. The cut off for orders of this product is on Thursday at 3pm EST to receive it the following week.