Have you ever wondered how to prepare fresh uni?
What does uni look like on fresh?
Well, you’re about to find out.
Sea urchin, or uni, is one of my fave dishes and I love eating it over a big bowl of rice covered in salmon roe (ikura). It’s creamy, and kind of tastes like a sweet ocean peanut butter.
First, my aunt had us pick a sea urchin. They were still moving! Apparently each sea urchin is different. Some have a ton of edible meat and some have not so much at all.
Then, we open. I consider myself an adventurous person but realize that Mike is much more adventurous than me. And much more willing to open up a moving sea urchin with scissors. I squealed a lot from the sidelines.
I videotaped it. Here is how you do it. It’s actually quite easy!
What’s that stuff inside the sea urchin?
Check out how weird sea urchin looks once you cut it open. That is definitely not what I was expecting.
And then you’re supposed to scoop out the uni and leave the black stuff. And prepare a salt water bath to put the uni in after you scoop it.
Here’s the entire video and instructions below of how to actually scoop the uni out. There are 5 pieces (like starfish) in every uni.
Instructions: how to prepare fresh sea urchin (uni).
– bowl with cold salted water (should only taste slightly like salt water, so a pinch is appropriate)
– bowl with cold regular water
– paper towels
– cutting board
– spoon or chopsticks
Hold the uni on a cutting board with tongs. Find the middle of the uni (it should be a little hole on the bottom (or top) of the uni. This is your starting point. Cut from this point outwards and open the uni like it has a cap. Best to watch the video for more instruction here.
After you open, you must fish out all the uni. Mixed in with the black stuff is the brown uni flesh that is delicious. Fish it all out carefully and put in the salt water bowl.
Once you are done fishing all the pieces out and you’ve rinsed the sea urchin, put it in the regular water (I prefer this because it washes away the salty flavor the water added).
Then, lay on a paper towel. This is only to gently pat dry the sea urchin (also optional), but I feel like this is the best for the optimal uni experience.
Eat it fresh as such or pour over rice. There are so many things you can do with the uni! Just enjoy.