Fish Egg and Soft Roe (Milt) of Japanese Food - Cod, Salmon, Herring

Cod Soft Roe (Milt) 白子 しらこ
In Japan, fish eggs (roes) and milt of salmon, cod and other fish are popular. Of course, different people have different tastes, though.

I sometimes meet foreign tourists who don't want to eat them. However, there are several ways of cooking and eating them, so I'd like to recommend trying at least one while in Japan because authentic Japanese food is not what they can eat everyday.
Just give it a try! You might acquire a taste for it.

Cod Soft Roe (Milt)

Soft roe of cod is usually blanched, creamy and melts in your mouth. It is more inexpensive and popular than others such as salmon, blowfish (pufferfish) and so on.
Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Cod Soft Roe (Milt) Sushi
たらしらこ 鱈白子 Tara-shirako
* It includes vinegared rice.

At some sushi restaurants, Cod Soft Roe Sushi is topped with Ponzu Jelly.  (Ponzu: Citrus-flavored soy sauce)

Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Cod Soft Roe (Milt) Sushi

Cod Soft Roe is popular as a winter seasonal food around November – February in Japan. However, some restaurants offer this sushi all year round.
Cod soft roe たら白子 - Kigurajyaya きぐら茶屋 - Izakaya 居酒屋
Pacific Cod Soft Roe (Milt) with vegetables
* This one is not sushi.

A restaurant that offers cod soft roe usually also offers citrus-flavored soy sauce (Ponzu ポン酢) and common soy sauce (Shoyu しょうゆ / 醤油) on the tables. Ponzu is better than common soy sauce to eat with cod soft roe. You can put the sauce on it as you like.

Cod roe is also good for tempura and hot pod / stew.

寿司屋の白子ポン酢の作り方 How to make Milt with Ponzu Sauce

Salmon Roe

Salmon Roe いくら
Salmon Roe
いくら Ikura
Salmon Roe いくら

秋はやっぱりいくら丼 生筋子からいくら醤油漬け

Salted Salmon Roe

What the differences between Salmon Roe いくら Ikura and Salted Salmon Roe すじこ Sujiko are

Salmon Roe
いくら Ikura
Salted Salmon Roe
すじこ Sujiko
FishSalmon, TroutSalmon, Trout
ProcessingEggs are separated, washed and seasoned.Eggs are still covered with the ovarian membrane and more natural.
Grown-upEnough, Big, A little hardYet, Smaller, Soft and smooth
SeasoningSake, Soy sauce and so onUsually salted (or Soy sauce)
ColorLight redA little dark red
PriceHighLow
LookingJewelClumpy

Salted Salmon Roe すじこ
Salted Salmon Roe
すじこ Sujiko
I prefer Sujiko to Ikura.
Salmon Roe Soy Marinade すじこ 筋子

Cod Roe / Pollock Roe

Cod Roe / Pollock Roe たらこ 鱈子
Cod Roe
たらこ Tarako
Cod Roe / Pollock Roe たらこ 鱈子

Cod Roe / Pollock Roe たらこ 鱈子

All-You-Can-Eat MENTAIKO (Cod Roe) at a Restaurant SACHIFUKUYA さち福や in Saitama and Tokyo - 明太子 食べ放題
Do you like seasoned cod roe?It is called Mentaiko 明太子 in J...

Spicy Cod / Pollock Roe

Spicy Cod / Pollock Roe 辛子明太子
Spicy Cod Roe
辛子明太子 Karashi-mentaiko
Cod roe is seasoned and marinated with hot pepper and so on.
Spicy Cod / Pollock Roe 辛子明太子

Sushi Making Experience at UOGASHI-SUSHI in Tokyo 東京 魚がし寿司 寿司握り体験
Upper left

Flying Fish Roe

When Flying Fish Roe is used, food coloring is sometimes added to color the eggs in red, orange, green, black and so on.
Tobiko とびこ Sushi 寿司

Flying Fish Roe とびこ 飛び子
Flying Fish Roe
とびこ Tobiko
California-roll カリフォルニアロール Sushi 寿司
It is used in California Roll.

Deep Fried Capelin with Roe
Deep Fried Lake Smelt ワカサギのから揚げ
Capelin with Roe
The female capelin sometimes has the roe and called 子持ちししゃも Komochi-shishamo.
Banpaiya 晩杯屋 Deep fried smelt わかさぎの唐揚げ

Hard Roe of Blowfish

Hard Roe of Blowfish ふぐ子のぬか漬け
Hard Roe of Blowfish
ふぐ子のぬか漬け Fuguko-no-nukazuke

It is a traditional fish delicacy in Ishikawa 石川 Prefecture. It tastes salty and good with sake.
Don't worry about blowfish poison. The roe is cooked nonpoisonous by licensed manufacturer.

Herring Roe

Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Herring Roe Sushi
かずのこ Kazunoko
Herring Roe 数の子 寿司

Herring Roe かずのこ 数の子
Herring Roe かずのこ Kazunoko is one of the Japanese traditional dishes prepared especially for New Years celebrations.

A recipe for Herring Roe かずのこ Kazunoko will be updated later...
Salted Herring Roe 塩かずのこ 数の子

Salted Herring Roe 塩かずのこ 数の子
Get salted herring roe 塩かずのこ Shio-kazunoko.
It hasn't cooked yet.
Salted Herring Roe 塩かずのこ 数の子
It is too salty to eat before cooking.
Salted Herring Roe 塩かずのこ 数の子
Soak egg clumps into 1000cc water with one teaspoon of salt for 12 hours. At the period change the salt water 2 or 3 times.

Don't remove the salt too much from the salted herring roe.

Salted Herring Roe 塩かずのこ 数の子
When the ovarian membrane gets softer, peel it off until the whole membrane is completely removed. Otherwise, this thin casing will leave an unpleasant sinewy texture in your mouth.
Salted Herring Roe 塩かずのこ 数の子

Salted Herring Roe 塩かずのこ 数の子
Seasoning

  1. Mix these ingredients and boil.
  2. Let the seasoning cool down.
  3. Put the herring roe into the seasoning for 8 hours.
  4. Separate the herring roe and seasoning. Add some of the ingredients in the seasoning, if you like.
  5. Boil again only the seasoning.
  6. Let the seasoning cool down.
  7. Put the herring roe into the seasoning.
Don't boil the herring roe with the seasoning.

Herring Roe かずのこ 数の子

Keep refrigerated

Herring Roe かずのこ 数の子

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