Welcoming a Long and Happy Life with Savory Shrimp | Ebi-no-Umani for Osechi

Welcoming a Long and Happy Life with Savory Shrimp | Ebi-no-Umani for Osechi

Symbolic wishes for longevity.

“Ebi no Umani,” a delightful component of Osechi Ryori, beautifully intertwines culinary excellence with symbolic wishes for longevity.

Not only does the color red express the celebration in Japanese culture, it is filled with the hope that you will live a healthy life until your back bends like a shrimp.

The vibrant reddish-pink hue of the shrimp further signifies joy and celebration, emphasizing the wish for a life filled with happiness and prosperity.

Simplified Cooking Method

The dish undergoes the simplified process of Umani, cooking with a lid in a harmonious blend of soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar.

Traditionally, Ebi no Umani requires meticulous care and a cooking method, but I simplified the cooking method, which only takes six minutes.

However, my cooking method not only locks a rich Umami flavor to the shrimp but also contributes to their tender texture, creating a delectable synergy of taste and tradition.

The Rock Star in Osechi!

In the intricate tapestry of the Japanese New Year celebration, Osechi Ryori, this dish is not just a feast for the senses but also a tribute to the cultural values associated with a long and prosperous life.

The inclusion of Ebi no Umani in Osechi Ryori is a symbolic gesture, reflecting the cultural belief that enjoying such foods during the New Year will bring longevity and good fortune.

Ebi no Umani embodies the spirit of longevity, making it a cherished element in the annual celebration of hope, tradition, and the promise of a prosperous future.

Ebi no Umani (Savory Shrimp)

Juicy and plump savory shrimp that symbolize Longevity
Cook Time 6 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • 1 frying pan


  • 4 large shrimp (throughtly washed)
  • 3 slices ginger
  • ½ tbs sugar
  • ¼ cup Sake
  • 1 tbs Mirin
  • 1 tbs Soy sauce


  • Bring Seasonings to a boil in a small frying pan.
  • Add Shrimp in to the frying pan. Cover, cook 3 mins.
  • Flip, cover, cook another 3 mins.
  • Stop cooking, cover, cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer to an airtight container. Store well 4 to 5 days in the fridge.
Keyword ebi, Japanese New Year, osechi, shrimp
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