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Japanese Crustacean Species 5: Kuruma Ebi/Japanese Imperial Prawn/車海老

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Kuruma Ebi, or Japanese Imperial Prawn, is probably the most popular prawn in Japan!
It has different names depending on its size: Saimaki (up to 5 cm), Maki (up to 10cm)

Its season lasts from late Autumn to the end of Winter.
It is found south of Hokkaido Island down to the Indian Ocean until depths of 50 metres.
It had been successfully artificially bred for some time until diseases put a momentary stop to the venture.
The prawn has steadily become a rare morsel. Altogether, natural and domestic specimen, the annual catch amounts only to 2,000 tonnes.

Raw, or

boiled, they make for great decoration on top of suucculent taste!

Now if you have the chance to eat them raw, try and eat them alive!

As for sushi, especially nigiri,

savor the raw,

Or boiled!

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