Enjoy Sushi-Grade Japanese Firefly Squid at Home: 10 Fun Fishmonger Facts for Home Chefs

Here are 10 fun facts about our sushi-grade firefly squid from our very own Four Star fishmongers!

  1. Firefly squid are tiny bioluminescent creatures that live in the deep waters off the coast of Japan.

  2. The firefly squid season typically lasts from March to June, with the peak occurring in April and May.

  3. Firefly squid are caught using a unique technique called 'ika-maiwashi,' which involves using small bait fish to lure them to the surface.

  4. These squid are known for their bright blue color, which comes from a pigment called 'tryptophan.'

  5. Firefly squid are high in protein and low in fat, making them a healthy choice for sushi lovers.

  6. In Japan, firefly squid are considered a delicacy and are often served raw as sushi or sashimi.

  7. One popular way to prepare firefly squid is to marinate them in a mixture of soy sauce, mirin, and sake, which enhances their natural umami flavor.

  8. Due to their small size, firefly squid are often served as a garnish or accompaniment to other sushi dishes.

  9. In some parts of Japan, firefly squid are celebrated with a festival called 'hotaru-ika matsuri,' which includes food stalls, fireworks, and other festivities.

  10. Firefly squid are not only a tasty treat, but they also play an important role in the ecosystem by serving as a food source for larger marine animals such as whales and dolphins.

Ready to try some? Visit our fresh shellfish page here to see if our fishmongers have some available.

We only get our Japanese Firefly Squid insanely fresh, during peak season from our fisherman on the ground in Japan. So, if they aren't available or you don't see them listed at the link above on our website, it's either not spring season, or we're waiting on another batch to come soon!

Email our customer service team here (info@fourstarseafood.com) to get VIP alerts when our Firefly Squid (or any of our other premium, seafood favorites of yours) are available.

Happy cooking home seafood chefs! 

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