Shrimp in Sushi – Sushi Crustacean

Shrimp is best when it is heated, and the favorite dish to enjoy it in Japan more than sushi, is the tempura. It must be fried medium rare so the center portion of the shrimp is raw, but warm and juicy. Another popular method is to grill it with salt and citus.

Shrimp used in Sushi

The kuruma shrimp was the original shrimp used for Edo style sushi. They are in season all year long and are fished in northern Japan, and recently similar species are found in Southeast Asia, the western coasts of Africa, and the Red sea.

The kuruma, or wheel, gets its name for its resemblance of a wagon wheel when the shrimp curls up.


Shrimp in Sushi - Sushi CrustaceanThe Black Tiger shrimp (panaeus monodon) is widely circulated in the Japanese markets for their abundance. They are in the same genus, and are similar in taste, but the black tiger lacks a bit of sweetness, and meaty texture, compared to the kuruma.

The black tiger is good when it is prepared as a sashimi in the yuarai method. It has a faint smell to it so instantly poaching it and shocking it in ice water refines the taste.

The Mantis is eaten boiled as a sushi topping, and occasionally, raw as sashimi.

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