November 10, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: Preparing Salmon Seminal Fluid

by Yoko Kumano

salmon shirako

I bought a sac of shirako at my local supermarket for 90 yen (85 cents). I never knew that shirako was so cheap since I had never had the balls to prepare it until now.

salmon shirako

Shirako is the seminal fluid of fish who shoot their sperm onto roe. It is served in many different ways including as nimono (boiled in dashi), tempura and ponzu seasoned.

I decided to try my hand at ponzu-seasoned shirako. Here’s how it went down:

Cut the sac into bite-sized pieces.

salmon shirako

salmon shirako

Throw the chunks into boiled water for about one minute.

salmon shirako

Plate the pieces into a bowl and top with sliced green onions.

salmon shirako

Finally garnish with momiji oroshi and top with about two tablespoons of ponzu.

salmon shirako

The desired melt-in-your-mouth, silken-tofu-like creaminess was achieved.


  • kayoko
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I busted up, almost spit the coffee out of my mouth, reading this post. The title, the seriousness of your tone, all while you're writing about preparing salmon sperm.

    The David Lynchian blue-tone lighting. The kitchen knife. The long, veiny sperm sac.

    O. M. G.

    Def the most grotesque post in all of UM history. Which says A LOT considering all the weird perverse shit we have on here.


  • Yamahomo
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Damn, male salmons must cum a lot, looking at how large the sac is.. I've seen them sold at Lobster House for almost nothing. They were the ones most appreciated in Japan, Ankimo, aka, Monkfish sperm sac. Writing this, I am kinda nauseous.

  • Paystyle
    Posted November 11, 2009 at 7:59 am

    This is why this blog is awesome.

  • cjones
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Every time I glance the tiny picture of this on facebook, I think it's a naked dead body. What a relief that it's just fish semen.

  • kayoko
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 12:23 pm


  • Yamahomo
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Speaking of dead body, doesn't this remind you of Montauk monster?

  • bit
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    delicious thing!

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