Surume : How to cook and eat the dried whole squid

It is getting hotter day by day in Japan. The season for beer has come! I actually enjoyed chilled beer this night, eating Japanese finger foods.

Have you ever heard that we Japanese call the finger foods and nibbles eaten with alcoholic drinks “Otsumami (おつまみ)“? and when you think of such Japanese finger foods, what comes to mind?



It seems that the boiled green soybeans unique to Japan, Edamame is relatively well-known in some countries. Although salted roasted Edamame without shell is popular in the United States, we have salted boiled green soybeans with shell and only enjoy the beans without eating the shell.

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sea Salt, 4-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12) Frozen Edamame Soybeans in Shell – 20 Lb Case

When it comes to the preparation, we usually boil frozen Edamame in salted water, and then serve them on a plate. Before eating, we typically sprinkle salt over the green soybeans with shell.

Edamame is a standard Otsumami snack to us Japanese. As a matter of fact, many Japanese will think that the salted boiled green soybean matches best with chilled beer.

Surume (スルメ) : Japanese dried whole squid snack

Surume dried whole squid

By the way, I enjoyed chilled beer along with a traditional Japanese dried squid snack, “Surume (スルメ)”, this night. Surume is a processed whole squid widely eaten in many Asian countries including Japan.

The snack food is made by cutting open the body of squid, removing internal organs, and then drying the squid with a whole shape.

Surume are made of squids such as “Yari Ika (ヤリイカ: spear squid)”, “Kensaki Ika (ケンサキイカ : swordtip squid)” or “Surume Ika (スルメイカ : Japanese flying squid) and also called “Atarime (アタリメ)” in Japan.

How to cook and eat Surume

Have you ever eaten the Japanese dried whole squid, Surume? For those who are interested in Surume but don’t know much about it, this time I want to explain the basic way to cook and eat the dried whole squid.

Surume Ika in the oven

We usually broil unseasoned dried Surume whole squid for some minutes in the oven.

broiled surume squid is curled up nicely

When the dried squid is heated in the oven, it is nicely curled up.

Serve the broiled Surume squid on a plate and cut it in strips

Serve the cooked squid on a plate and tear it into thin strips with hands.

sauce consisting of mayonnaise,soy sauce and Shichimi Togarashi

Prepare a dipping sauce. I like a sauce of mayonnaise, soy sauce, and Shichimi Togarashi (or Ichimi Togarashi).

Surume Ika with No.1 Japanese beer

Dip a strip of Surume in the savory sauce and enjoy it with chilled beer

The canned beer in the above photo is the No.1 beer with the largest share in the Japan’s market “Asahi Super Dry”.

In Conclusion

If you have a chance, why don’t you try the Japanese dried whole squid snack Surume with chilled beer? The dried squid is a must-try Otsumami snack for beer.

Japanese SURUME Dried Squid from Hokkaido Japan, Additive-free Healthy food

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia スルメ )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

1 Response

  1. November 27, 2017

    […] We usually eat the dried squid snack,Atarime,or Surume,dipping the food in mayonnaise,after tearing it to strips with hands.As I wrote about the basic way to cook the dried squid in detail before,if you like,read this article. […]

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