Surume: How to Cook Japanese Whole Dried Squid

It is getting hotter day by day here in Japan. The season for beer has finally come! And this night, I actually enjoyed a chilled beer with snacks.

By the way, have you ever heard of Otsumami (おつまみ)?

It is the Japanese word for finger foods and nibbles eaten with alcoholic drinks, and when you think of such Japanese treats, what comes to your mind first?

Edamame (枝豆)?

Edamame with Beer

In recent years, the green soybean, Edamame (枝豆), has gained popularity in some countries.

Although roasted Edamame, with the shell removed, is popular in the United States, we usually have shell-on boiled ones and only enjoy the beans inside.

Edamame is a standard Otsumami to us Japanese, and many will think of it as one of the best matches for beer.

Surume (スルメ) 

Surume Dried Whole Squid

As for me, I enjoyed a traditional Japanese dried squid snack called Surume (スルメ) this night with a canned beer.

Surume is actually widely consumed in many Asian countries.

The Asian snack food is also known as Atarime (アタリメ) in Japan, made of squid that’s been gutted and dried in the sun.

Typical species prepared for it include Yari Ika (ヤリイカ: spear squid), Kensaki Ika (ケンサキイカ: sword tip squid), and Surume Ika (スルメイカ: Japanese flying squid).


Surume Ika in the oven

I cooked Surume today. And here, I will share how I prepared it with photos for those interested in the Japanese whole dried squid.

broiled surume squid is curled up nicely

First, toast Surume squid in the toaster oven until curled up (for some minutes).

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

 Then, take it out and transfer it onto a large plate. To finish, tear the whole squid into thin strips with your hands.

How to Eat

sauce consisting of mayonnaise,soy sauce and Shichimi Togarashi

Next, prepare a dipping sauce. I like a dip of mayonnaise, soy sauce, and Shichimi Togarashi (or Ichimi Togarashi). So combine them.

Surume with Canned Beer

Dip a shred into the sauce and enjoy with a chilled beer!

(Reference Page: Wikipedia スルメ )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

2 Responses

  1. Cherry says:

    I just bought some frozen surume ika. Do I just thaw it and toast in the oven toaster? For how Long approx?

    • Tomo says:

      Thank you for the comment.
      I guess probably what you bought isn’t dried surume ika. What I wrote in this article is about dried ones. If what you bought is frozen fresh surume ika, I’m sorry, but the method I introduced in this article doesn’t work.

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