Japanese Crab Species 4: Japanese Mitten Crab/Mokuzugani

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Japanese Mitten Crab or Mokuzugani in Japanese is also called Mokuzou, Zugani, Tsugani or Kegani.
It caught alsmost everywhere in Japan in Autumn and Winter.
In Autumn the females come to lay their eggs at river mouths.
Plenty are found along the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.
They are caught in boxes baited with fish.

As for food, they can be eaten boiled in soups or crushed with their shell and cooked with miso. They could even be prepared as French bisque.

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The female specimens are particularly appreciated for their egg sacs.

MOKUZUGANI-SUSHI

These boiled egg sacs with the meat make for delicious sushi nigiri or gunkan!

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Crab Species 4: Japanese Mitten Crab/Mokuzugani

MOKUZUGANI-1

Japanese Mitten Crab or Mokuzugani i Japanese is also called Mokuzou, Zugani, Tsugani or Kegani.
It caught alsmost everywhere in Japan in Autumn and Winter.
In Autumn the females come to lay their eggs at river mouths.
Plenty are found along the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.
They are caught in boxes baited with fish.

As for food, they can be eaten boiled in soups or crushed with their shell and cooked with miso. They could even be prepared as French bisque.

MOKUZUGANI-FEMALE

The female specimens are particularly appreciated for their egg sacs.

MOKUZUGANI-SUSHI

These boiled egg sacs with the meat make for delicious sushi nigiri or gunkan!

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6 Comments

  1. Jaded Fork

    Hi Robert-Gilles. Are these the same as the hairy crabs that are a delicacy in Shanghai as well? The tomalley and roe look really delicious and there’s so much of it here!

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    • dragonlife

      Dear Friend!
      They are different!
      Cheers,
      Robert-Gilles

      Reply
  2. Bread + Butter

    I don’t think I’ve had crab bisque before or on sushi. That one is pretty new to me.

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    • dragonlife

      Dear Jenn!
      That crab is fairly common in Japan!
      A lot of people just make soup with it, as the sushi means some work!
      Cheers,
      Robert-Gilles

      Reply
  3. arunachandru

    Wow nice big juicy cran with lots of meat inside. I love crabs 🙂

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    • dragonlife

      Dera Friend!
      Greetings!
      Crabs seem to be loved everywhere, don’t they!
      Cheers,
      Robert-Gilles

      Reply

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