Ise Ebi/伊勢海老, or Japanese Spiny Lobster is one the Spiny lobster varieties so popular all over the World.
The Japanese variety is smaller, or more precisely is more popular under a certain size.
Also called Kamakura Ebi, it is caught off the shores of Chiba, Wakayama, Mie and Shizuoka Prefectures.
The best specimens are aught in Winter, although imported lobsters can be found in other seasons.
The annual catch is fairly stable at 1,000 tonnes a year.
Imprted specimens account for 10,000 tonnes, mainly from Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.
In that case they are also called Minami/South Ebi.
The Japanese appreciate their lobsters raw.
As o-tsukuri/sashimi plate they are quite spectacular!
For a closer look!
Another extravagant to serve as sashimi is to have them slightly seared outside and raw inside!
They are natuarally very popular as a sushi nigiri!
If they are small enough they can be served as another extravagant sushi grilled whole over a single ball of rice/shari!
And the larger specimens can be prepared western-style in gratin!
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