Some More Unlikely Relatives of Our Favorite More Elegant Roe.
Bottarga is a Mediterranean specialtythat is made from the salted and sun-dried roe of primarily grey mullet. Tuna is also used. Its sold in the form of sausauge and used for d'oeuvres or grated over pasta, fish, or salads. It's expensive but very tasty.
Capelin Roe - Masago. Japanese chefs typically use the tiny, fluorescent eggs as a topping for sushi. Substitutes include flying fish roe or golden caviar
caviar (sturgeon roe).
Flying Fish Roe - Tobiko. These fluorescent orange eggs are wonderfully crunchy and flavorful. The Japanese are particularly fond of them. They're often flavored with various seasonings before they're sold. Substitutes:
Herring Fish Roe. Kazunoko is another roe favored by the Japanese who traditionally serve this on New Year's Day. It has an interesting texture, but it's not very flavorful.
Pollock Roe. Asian markets sell this inexpensive roe in wooden boxes. It's often baked and served on rice.
Salmon Roe - Red caviar, also Salmon Caviar and Ikura. The eggs pop in your mouth. They make wonderful hors d'oeuvres. Substitutes include Smoked Salmon Roe or Trout Roe
Scallop roe. This coral-colored roe is expensive and hard to find, but it has a wonderful, delicate flavor. The roe is usually both sold and served with the scallop that produced it.
Sea urchin roe - Uni or Sea eggs. It takes 20 fresh sea urchins to yield one cup roe. Red roe is more expensive than yellow, but the taste is similar.
Smelt Roe. Masago is bright orange and moderately crunchy. Substitutes include Flying Fish
Smoked Cod Roe is a Japanese sushi garnish somewhat similar to Smoked Salmon.
Tarama - Taramo. Greek markets often carry jars of this pink cod roe. It's often used to make taramasalata, which is Tarama mixed with a filler (like bread crumbs), oil, and seasonings.
Tobikko - See flying fish roe.
Tobiko - See flying fish roe.
Tobiuonoko - See flying fish roe.
Trout caviar - Trout roe is great for making hors d'oeuvres.
With all these great alternatives for the ultimate chi chi treat of all, how can we eat anything else?
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