Although fish roe is not widely popular amongst food lovers in the US, it represents a quite common ingredient in other parts of the world, especially around the Mediterranean sea. The fish roe refers to the ripe internal egg masses in the female ovaries and in many cultures from that part of the world, including Spain, it is often cooked and served in many forms, from fried to marinated, grilled or boiled.
Cooking with fish roe also means understanding some of the essential elements of the fish cuisine, so make sure to take some time and study before heading to the kitchen. For instance, not all fish roe taste the same and, therefore, cannot be easily integrated into delicious recipes. While mackerel roe is tasty, the same doesn’t apply to cod roe.
The easiest way to obtain fresh fish roe is to use your own fishing knife to remove it from fish, but in case you’re not skilled in the kitchen, you can opt for one of the brands that sell this type of product on the market in a canned form. Here are some easy as well as delicious ways to make use of this ingredient right away.
Fish roe appetizer
Without necessarily undergoing a cooking process, this appetizer is for food enthusiasts only. It won’t take more than 10 minutes to prepare, and the ingredients you are going to need are sea salt, fish roe, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, bread, and butter.
Wash the roe thoroughly and place it in a cooking pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Fry for a few minutes on medium heat, until achieving a yellow-brown color. Add salt to taste. Place the cooked roe on a slice of buttered bread and pour some freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can serve this entree alone or with other canapes made with goat cheese, avocado, and caviar.
Macaroni salad with fish roe
For this simple recipe, you are going to need seasoned cod roe that you can make on your own or buy canned. The rest of the ingredient list is quite simple – one broccoli, three tablespoons of mayonnaise, and one portion of macaroni.
Dice the broccoli and boil it in a cooking pan for a few minutes. Cook the macaroni according to the instructions. Separately, mix the mayonnaise with the seasoned fish roe and let it rest for about five minutes. Put the macaroni and the fried broccoli in a plate and mix well for a few moments before pouring the seasoned roe sauce and combine it with the rest of the ingredients.
You can add salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.
Fried fish roe
Another simple way to deal with fish roe is to fry it. This delicious and easy recipe is very popular in the Brazilian cuisine so, if you’re looking for some authentic South American flavors, you can start with this dish.
The ingredients you are going to need are about 12 ounces of fresh fish roe, the juice of one medium-sized lime, salt and pepper to taste, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, cilantro leaves, and two tablespoons of wheat flour.
This recipe is the perfect opportunity to try out your new baitcasting rod at a fishing game and try to catch your dinner. Of course, if you are not an experienced fisherman, you can just head to the nearest fish market or supermarket, and buy all the ingredients you need from there.
After finding the perfect fish roe, season it with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Completely dust it in flour and let it rest for 10 minutes before moving to the next step.
Meanwhile, use a frying pan to heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the fish roe while the oil is hot and adjust the temperature according to your preferences. It will take you about 7-8 minutes to perfectly fry the fish roe on one side, then turn it on the other side and cook for five more minutes.
Take the roe out from the pan and place it on a serving platter. Use a few paper towels to get rid of the excess oil. You can sprinkle with additional lime juice and fresh chopped cilantro.