Surume Ika : How to cook and eat the Japanese dried squid

It is getting hotter day by day in Japan.The season for chilled beer has come! I actually drank chilled beer this night, enjoying Japanese finger foods.Generally, we Japanese call the finger foods and nibbles eaten along with alcoholic drinks “Otsumami (おつまみ)“.When you think of Otsumami, or unique Japanese finger foods, what comes to your mind?

Edamame ?


It seems that the boiled green soybeans unique to Japan, Edamame is becoming popular in some countries.Although salted roasted Edamame without shell is well-known in the United States, we usually 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 (Soy Beans) in Shell – 20 Lb Case

Edamame is a standard Otsumami snack to us Japanese.As a matter of fact, many Japanese people will probably think that the salted boiled green soybean matches best with chilled beer.We usually boil frozen Edamame in salted water, and then serve them in a plate.Before eating, we typically sprinkle salt over the green soybeans with shell and only enjoy the beans.

Surume Ika : Japanese dried squid Otsumami Snack

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

By the way, I enjoyed chilled beer along with a traditional Japanese dried squid snack, “Surume Ika (スルメイカ)”, this night.Surume Ika, or Surume is widely known as a traditional dried food in many Asian countries, including Japan.

The snack food is made by drying the squid whose internal organs are removed as unneeded things after the body is cut open, so Surume generally has a whole shape of squid.Actually, Surume Ika is a squid’s name and the latter word “Ika (イカ)” means “squid” in Japanese.

How to cook and eat Surume Ika

Have you ever eaten or heard of Surume Ika? For those who don’t know about the Japanese dried squid snack, today I want to explain the basic way to cook and eat the dried Surume squid.

Surume Ika in the oven

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

broiled surume squid is curled up nicely

When the dried squid are heated in the oven, they are nicely curled up.

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

Serve the broiled Surume Ika on a plate and tear the squid into thin strips with hands.

sauce consisting of mayonnaise,soy sauce and Shichimi Togarashi

Prepare dipping sauce.I like the sauce made combining mayonnaise, soy sauce, and Shichimi Togarashi (or Ichimi Togarashi).

Surume Ika with No.1 Japanese beer

Dip a strip of Surume Ika in the sauce and enjoy with chilled beer!

The canned beer in the above photo is the No.1 Japanese beer with the largest share in the Japan’s market.The name of the beer is “Asahi Super Dry”.If you have a chance, why don’t you try Surume Ika along with chilled beer? The Japanese dried squid is a must-try Otsumami for beer.


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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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