Skip to main content

Squilla - Mantis Shrimp that Taste like Lobster

This is probably one of the most unusual seafood you may see in a Japanese or Asian restaurant.  This little guy is called the squilla and is from the crustacean’s family (shrimp). 

The Squilla, also known as the mantis shrimp resembles that of a praying mantis.

The taste of the mantis shrimp is similar to that of a lobster rather than the typical shrimp taste.  Many who have tasted it say it's very delicious. 

A common way to cook and eat Squilla is to deep fry them Tempura style as shown in the Instagram photo below.


A photo posted by えいちゃん (@eicha_pic) on

Fun facts:

Did you know there are over 350 species of squilla.

These mantis shrimp fight quite often and in a ceremonious manner.

They are usually found at the bottom of the ocean scavenging for food.

They are known to have the most complicated and advanced visuals in the animal kingdom.  Supposedly they are able to see 12 bands of colour, where as humans can only see partially three.

They have little daggers which are barbed at the ends of their arms.  They use these to stab their runaway prey.

Strong appendages that their strike actually shatter glass, crack crab shells, crush thumbs (

Sponsored Links