Ika Fry vs Ika Ten : The Difference between the 2 Squid Snacks

Traditionally, we Japanese like snack foods made with squid. Especially there are many variations of dried squid snacks in Japan, which include these 3 dried squid snacks, “Surume Somen (するめソーメン)“, and “Surume Geso (するめげそ)“.

On the other hand, when it comes to Japanese fried squid snacks, “Ika Fry (イカフライ)” and “Ika Ten (イカ天)” are not only widely enjoyed in Japan, but also fairly well recognized in some overseas countries.

By the way, the word included in these food names, “Ika (イカ)” means squid or cuttlefish in Japanese.

The Difference between Ika Fry and Ika Ten fried squid snacks

Ika Fry and Ika Ten are very similar snack foods, or partly the same thing as I wrote about it before. Actually, I didn’t know the specific difference between them, so today I did some research about it on the internet. From the result, this time I will share how Ika Fry is different from Ika Ten.

Ika Fry (イカフライ), or Ika Furai

Ika Ring

Ika Fry, or Ika Furai is the generic term for snack foods made by deep-frying squid coated in batter. Hence, Ika Fry includes “Ika Ring (イカリング)”, “Ika Ball (イカボール)”, and “Ika Ten (イカ天)”. Ika Ring are deep-fried round slices of squid’s body, which is also known as fried calamari, while Ika Ball are deep-fried balls of ground squid’s meat. As for the batter, or the coating, there are 2 types in it, the one with breadcrumbs like that of “Katsu (カツ)” and the other without using breadcrumbs like that of “Karaage (唐揚げ)“.

Ika Ten (イカ天)

Ika Ten

Ika Ten are Squid’s Tempura as the latter word of the snack name, “Ten (天)” stands for Tempura. Specifically, there are 3 types of Ika Ten in Japan. One is the snack food made by deep-frying squid coated in the batter of wheat flour and hen’s eggs, another refers to deep-fried “Kamaboko (蒲鉾)” pastes consisting of chopped squid’s meat and fish paste, and the last are processed foods called “Ika Ten” produced by deep-frying “Surume (するめ)” squid coated in batter in oil.

(Reference pages of this article : Wikipedia イカフライ, イカ天 )


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.

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