Hotaru Ika recipe! Firefly squid and celery otsumami in Japan

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Kinako here.

Today I cooked otsumami using “Hotaru Ika”.
If you like seafood and sake, you might like this food, too.

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I tried a recipe using Hotaru ika (Firefly squid)

The other day my mother found the “Hotaru Ika recipe” in a newspaper.

So we got “Hotaru Ika” at a supermarket right away and I tried the recipe today.
It was super easy and I finished cooking in 3 minutes!!

When I ate one, I thought this might go well with sake.
The taste of soy sauce and Ichimi were good for Hotaru Ika.

I love seafood and this was okay, too.
But if you don’t like the peculiar smell of squid, you might not like this.


The smell of the squid was strong.

Anyway, I share the recipe here.

Hotaru Ika (Firefly squid) Otsumami recipe

Ingredients for Hotaru Ika recipe

Boiled Hotaru Ika 90g
Celery 10 cm
Mayonnaise 1 tablespoon
Soy sauce 2 teaspoons ~
Ichimi a little
Salt a little


How to cook Hotaru Ika Otsumami with celery

Cut the celery and put in a little salt and stir it gently.



Remove the eyes.



After you wipe them with kitchen paper gently, put them into a deep plate.



Add mayonnaise and soy sauce and stir them gently.
Put some Ichimi.


Easy cooking!

Soy sauce is important for this Hotaru Ika recipe

I thought the soy sauce did a good job.
Without soy sauce, the squid smell is a little bit strong.

So don’t forget to put Soy sauce!


I think my father didn’t like this so much because he didn’t have any reaction while eating it 😂

You can buy “Hotaru Ika (Firefly squid)” online

Some supermarkets have Hotaru Ika during March-June, but if you can’t find it, you can get it online.

In Rakuten-Ichiba, this product is so popular!


価格:2160円(税込、送料別) (2021/5/18時点)


I always want to eat Hotaru Ika in this season.
Just putting “Sumiso” (Miso and vinegar) is tasty, too!

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