Sushi - Sushi of Other Seafood - Squid

Squid (Ika)

Todarodes pacificus

Also see: Squid Sushi in Sushi Menu

Squid are in season from spring to summer. They tend to gather around shiny objects, so they are fished during the night with high powered light bulbs faced towards the water. Night time is the ideal time to do this in order to make the squid easier to gather around a single light source.

It is estimated that Japan consumes about 40% of the squid caught in the world. While squid is not the most popular ingredient for sushi, there are many other ways the squid can be enjoyed. Squid sashimi which are thinly sliced into angel hair noodles are a delicacy. They are dipped in savory broth and consumed. Grilled squid, baked squid filled with rice stuffing are popular dishes as well. Squid tempura, and fried calamari are favorites as well. Okinawan cuisine is famous for their squid ink soup, which has a unique flavor that comes from the amino acid content.

Squid are unattractive to some people and the word ika is belived to have come from the word ikatsui or grim.