Spaghetti with “Shirasu” Boiled Whitebait

“Shirasu” is boiled young whitebait, a good dietary source of calcium.

Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino with boiled young anchovies is called “Shirasu Spaghetti”, which is a popular recipe in Japan.
“Shirasu” is whitebait boiled and dried lightly.

At the restaurants around fishing harbor of whitebait, it is used the fresh instead of  “Shirasu”.

Spaghetti with "Shirasu" Boiled Whitebait
Shrimp, crab, fish etc. other-than-whitebait are caught by a fishing net of whitebait fishing.
So sometimes they are mixed in among the “Shirasu”.


Sea creatures mixed in among the “Shirasu” are called “Chirimen monster”, which there are people enjoying to find.

Chirimen Monster in Shirasu
Chirimen Monster in Shirasu
Here you see the squid baby.

Who are mother of these babies?  Sepioteuthis lessoniana or Cuttlefish?

Chirimen Monster in Shirasu

is a boiled whitebait, which is a collective term for the immature fry of fish such as sardines and anchovies. 白子(しらす) literally “small white”
is a whitebait boiled and dried more firmly than Shirasu.  縮緬雑魚(ちりめんじゃこ) literally “wrinkle minnow”