Ama Ebi (Sweet Shrimp/甘エビ

Japanese Food

I bought a pack of ama ebi the other day. They were not imported ones but domestic ones from Hokkaido, and were plump and had roe on their bellies.
The formal name for this species of shrimp is hokkoku aka ebi in Japanese, but the term ama ebi (lit. sweet shrimp) is widely used in Japan. In Niigata, the term nanban ebi is often used.

Before serving, I removed the heads, rinsed them in water, put them in a pot of water, and brought them to a boil. Great miso soup the next morning.

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