Fried “Mebaru” Sebastes Fish -red & black-

Mebaru is also known as “Haru-Tsuge-Uo”, that means “fish telling the arival of spring”.

Mebaru (Sebastes fish) live in the reef of Japan, and there are three specie.
– Aka-Mebaru     赤メバル   red    (Sebastes inermis)
– Kuro-Mebaru  黒メバル   black  (Sebastes ventricosus)
– Shiro-Mebaru  白メバル  white  (Sebastes cheni)
These had been regarded as one of kind, but in 2008 they were found to be three species by DNA analysis.

Above is Aka-Mebaru, below is Kuro-Mebaru.

Mebaru, Sebastes fish
The Kuro-Mebaru eyes is white cloudy because I has stored it in the freezer for a long time,  from the winter… :(
Aka-Mebaru
Kuro-Mebaru
Mebaru, Sebastes fish
Mebaru, Sebastes fish

 

There remain two crabs in Aka-Mebaru stomach.  This is the one.

Crab that remains in Mebaru stomach

 

“Mebaru” is written “眼張” in Kanji, literally “wide open eye watching”.

 

They have not only a large eyes, also a large mouth.

They are carnivorous,
so they prey shellfish , polychaete , small crustaceans , and small fish.

Mebaru, Sebastes fish
Crab that remains in Mebaru stomach

 

Interestingly, two crabs are male and female pair.

Above crab is male, because the abdomen is the sharp isosceles triangle.

Left crab is female, because the abdomen is similar to the equilateral triangle.

Fry them in the corn oil.
Cooking of Fried "Mebaru" Sebastes Fish -red & black-
Cooking of Fried "Mebaru" Sebastes Fish -red & black-
Cooking of Fried "Mebaru" Sebastes Fish -red & black-
Cooking of Fried "Mebaru" Sebastes Fish -red & black-
Squeeze the lemon to fresh-from-the-fryer crunch “Mebaru”.  Have to be delicious!

Cooking of Fried "Mebaru" Sebastes Fish -red & black-

After eating, there remains the bone of a fish shape.  It is a piece of  the shoulder girdle bone.

Bone of a fish shape

・Mebaru
is a Sebastes Fish.  眼張(めばる) literally “wide open eye watching”
There are three varieties.
Aka-Mebaru (Sebastes inermis) 赤眼張(あかめばる) literally “red wide open eye watching”
Kuro-Mebaru (Sebastes ventricosus) 黒眼張(くろめばる) literally “black wide open eye watching”
Shiro-Mebaru (Sebastes cheni) 白眼張(しろめばる) literally “white wide open eye watching”