Order by 12pm PST to receive next-day delivery

Get Hooked!
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • message

Browse All Products

satisfaction Guaranteed

  Home > Sushi / Sashimi >

  Live Wild Whole Large Red/ Black Sea Urchins (aprox 1 lb each)
Live Wild Whole Sea Urchins

Alternative Views:

Select the quantity (in pounds) of Live Red/Black Sea Urchins you wish to purchase.

Our Price: $15.99
(Minimum order):  2

Quantity in Stock:(Out of Stock)



We sell whole large red and/or black wild live sea urchins, Stronglycentrotus franciscanus. These are the same Southern Californian sea urchins that sushi chefs around the globe use for uni sushi. Each sea urchin weighs approximately one pound and contains five pieces of uni.

Sea urchins are bottom feeding “echinoderms” that are found in every ocean around the world. The urchins that we process range from dark blackish purple to red in color. They are covered with short to long spines. The diameter of the shell can get up to six inches. The average weight of a sea urchin is one pound. California sea urchins are usually found in kelp beds near the coastline in about 50 feet of water.

Sea urchins are harvested for their internal roe—“uni” in Japanese—which is considered an aphrodisiac in some cultures. Uni is known as a delicacy in Japan and sushi bars worldwide because of its sweet flavor and succulent texture that melts in your mouth. Our exact technique of processing uni is a trade secret that we've perfected over the last 20 years. In fact, our business started with owner Dave Rudie diving for sea urchins and seaweed. Sushi bars from across the country know that the best uni comes from Southern California, and Catalina Offshore Products. We keep our product in coolers that are maintained at 32 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit until it is packed and shipped daily. We pack in insulated containers with gel-ice for the best quality. Wooden trays house the strips of uni for a traditional Japanese presentation.

Uni Grades: The gold and premium grades of uni are always fresh, and the vana is frozen unless otherwise requested to be fresh. All grades of uni taste good and can be eaten raw.

California Gold: Bright yellow/orange, firm texture (formerly A-Grade)

California Premium: Mild yellow color, softer pieces (formerly B-Grade)

Vana: Dark color, melting soft, also known as Vana (formerly C-Grade)

Our fresh and live seafood products are as fresh as you can get because we purchase directly from reputable fishermen in California and Baja California who take great pride in providing the highest quality seafood. The seafood is caught and immediately iced or brought to our live tanks until you order. We package it with care, keep it cold in insulated boxes and ship it overnight with FedEx so that it reaches your door fresher than the vast majority of most supermarkets and restaurants.

How To Crack and Prepare Live Sea Urchin Sushi

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 11 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
. April 19, 2015
Reviewer: . from .  

Was this review helpful to you?

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Delivered straight from the ocean. January 16, 2012
Reviewer: Nhi Le from Austin, TX United States  
I ordered 3 of these along with the California Gold and some abalone but these were definitely the star of the night. The spines were broken but that was due to shipping. The ones that were still intact were moving so the urchins were alive and fresh when they arrived. After tasting the live ones and then trying the California Gold, the live ones were absolutely superior. It's a little bit of work but worth it. You just need to crack it open and clean it in some salted water and it's ready to go. Definitely would recommend the live ones over anything else. Tasted like they just came right out of the water.

Was this review helpful to you?

  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
great size November 2, 2011
Reviewer: huy bui from havelock , NC United States  
very nice sea urchin, i should give this a 4 star ratings though because sea urchin comes with all their needles broken off from bouncing around but its probably those FED EX guys fault not CATOP fault. Excellent help by Eric, i receive the best help from him, he's the reason why i give this catalina offshore a 5 star rating. thanks Eric for the help.

Was this review helpful to you?

  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Uni in Shell March 24, 2010
Reviewer: Mark from Washington State  
There is a special tool for cracking sea urchin but a kitchen knife handled very carefully will get you there. Your hands will get stained purple unless you wear gloves which will probably get pierced by the spines anyway. Scooping out the roe without breaking it is certainly a skill requiring patience and practice but the roe tastes the same regardless of your success in this. A teaspoon worked pretty well for me. Row straight from the shell is incredible. It's seasoned by sea water and unless washed might have flecks of what I assume is partially digested sea vegetables and algae. The rest of the stuff inside adds yet another level of seasoning. This might sound disgusting but its true. Ive always loved uni. But the stuff that comes straight from the shell I found so much more intense in flavor, that I would strongly recommend this, even with the extra effort involved.

Was this review helpful to you?

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent Quality and service March 24, 2010
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Phoenix, AZ United States  
Took urchins out of shell cleaned and used the shells as bowls for exotic presentation. Was an immediate hit! The roe was of excellent quality. Will definatley order again!

Was this review helpful to you?

View All Customer Reviews

Browse for more products in the same category as this item:

Sushi / Sashimi
All Products > Sea Urchin (Uni, Vana)
All Products
Over Night Shipping

Sushi Variety packs

Sushi Variety packs
Easy Sushi
Making Kit
Buy Gift 

Certificates Here
Redeem Loyalty 

Points Here