roasted mantis shrimps

Mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp is an umbrella term for hundreds carnivorous marine crustaceans species of the order Stomatopoda. In Vietnam, mantis shrimps are abundant along Vietnam’s coast, known in Vietnamese as bề bề (Northern dialect) or tôm tít (Southern dialect). Several mantis shrimp species include:

  • Miyakaea nepa
  • Oratosquilla gravieri
  • Oratosquilla oratoria
  • Harpiosquilla annandalei
  • Harpiosquilla harpax
mantis shrimps
Mantis shrimps

Harvesting and farming

Most mantis shrimps are caught along the coast. The prices of mantis shrimps vary on the sizes. Huge-sized mantis shrimps are very expensive, just after lobsters.

Zebra mantis shrimps - Lysiosquillina maculata
Zebra mantis shrimps – Lysiosquillina maculata – The largest of the mantis shrimps

Mantis shrimps can be peeled to make packaged food, and live mantis shrimps may go to seafood restaurants.

peeled mantis shrimps
Peeled mantis shrimps
mantis shrimps in a seafood restaurant aquarium
Mantis shrimps in a seafood restaurant aquarium

There are also few farmers who start mantis shrimp aquaculture in Cà Mau province.

Mantis shrimp aquaculture in Ca Mau province
Mantis shrimp aquaculture in Ca Mau province

Culinary uses

The shrimp can be steamed, boiled, grilled, or dried, used with pepper, salt and lime, fish sauce and tamarind, or fennel.

mantis shrimp boil
Mantis shrimp boil
salt-roasted mantis shrimps
Salt-roasted mantis shrimps
ginger-steamed mantis shrimps
Ginger-steamed mantis shrimps
steamed mantis shrimps with lemongrass and lime leaves
Steamed mantis shrimps with lemongrass and lime leaves
mantis shrimp soup
Mantis shrimp soup with winter melon

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