Aori Ika (アオリイカ / Bigfin Reef Squid)

Category: Ika (squid). Season: best in the summer.


Aori ika might just be the tastiest, and most popular of the 100 or so types of ika found in Japan's water. It is usually pricey due to the small quantities found at market. Its rich, sweet flavor pairs especially well with vinegared shari. The texture can be a little bit tough, but the more the flesh is chewed, the more sweetness is released. It is completely white in appearance, and is typically served with a couple of drops of sudachi juice and a little sea salt.