Surume : How to Cook the Japanese Dried Whole Squid

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

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

Edamame (枝豆)?

Edamame Green Soybeans with Beer

It seems that the green soybeans, Edamame is fairly well recognized in some countries. Although roasted salted Edamame without shell is popular in the United States, we usually have boiled salted ones with shell and only enjoy the beans without eating the outside.

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.

Edamame is a standard Otsumami snack to us Japanese. In fact, many people living in Japan will think that the boiled salted green soybean is the best match with icy beer.

Surume (スルメ) 

Surume Dried Whole Squid

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

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

In Japan, 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)”, and “Surume Ika (スルメイカ : Japanese flying squid), and are also called “Atarime (アタリメ)“.

How to Cook and Eat the Dried Whole Squid Snack

Have you ever eaten the Japanese dried whole squid snack? For those who are interested in Surume but know very little about it, this time let me explain the basic way to cook and eat the dried whole squid.

Surume Ika in the oven

We usually toast unseasoned dried Surume whole squid for some minutes in the toaster.

broiled surume squid is curled up nicely

The dried squid is nicely curled up while being heated in the toaster. Then, take out the cooked squid and transfer to a large plate.

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

Tear the toasted whole squid into thin strips with hands.

sauce consisting of mayonnaise,soy sauce and Shichimi Togarashi

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

Surume Ika with No.1 Japanese beer

Dip a thin strip of Surume into the savory sauce and enjoy with chilled beer!

(Reference page of this article : 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.

3 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.

  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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