Ika geso age is a popular Japanese dish made from deep-fried squid legs or tentacles, often referred to simply as "geso age." "Ika" means squid in Japanese, and "geso" specifically refers to the squid's legs or tentacles. This dish is a popular izakaya (Japanese pub) snack or appetizer and is enjoyed for its crispy texture and savory flavor.
The squid legs or tentacles are cleaned thoroughly to remove any remaining innards or membranes. The cleaned squid legs are then lightly coated in a seasoned batter mixture, which often includes flour, cornstarch, salt, and sometimes various seasonings like garlic or ginger powder.
The battered squid legs are deep-fried in hot oil until they become golden brown and crispy. Deep frying gives the dish its signature crunchy texture. After frying, the ika geso age is often seasoned with salt, pepper, or other seasonings to enhance the flavor. Some variations may also include a dusting of chili powder for added spice.
Ika geso age is a popular appetizer in Japanese cuisine and is commonly enjoyed with drinks at izakayas or sushi restaurants. Its crispy exterior and tender, flavorful interior make it a delightful snack. It's worth noting that while squid legs or tentacles are the most common choice for this dish, there are variations that use other types of seafood, such as shrimp or cuttlefish, prepared in a similar manner.