Yes, the fish eggs on sushi are most certainly real (if they’re not, you should be concerned). The fish eggs typically found on sushi are either the tiny red tobiko (flying fish roe), yellow, crunchy kazunoko (herring roe), spicy tarako (cod roe), or ikura, shown above. ikura caviar is much larger than most other fish eggs used for sushi and burst like mini water balloons when you bite them.
Is ikura caviar raw?
Yes. In Japan, ikura caviar is almost always served raw but is often marinated in soy sauce or other seasonings. One of the pleasures of eating ikura caviar is the feeling of the eggs as they burst in your mouth, and this would be ruined if they were to be cooked (not to mention the flavor would be diminished).
Can you eat raw salmon roe (ikura caviar)?
As long as it is fresh and labeled for raw consumption (all ikura caviar is in Japan), you can definitely eat it raw. If you’ve never eaten it before, I highly recommend giving it a try!
What does ikura caviar taste like?
ikura caviar has a fairly mild fishy flavor. Its texture, however, is what makes it interesting to eat. Each egg is like a miniature water balloon that bursts in your mouth with flavor as you bite it. The texture can sometimes be off-putting for those trying it for the first time but is quite enjoyable once you get used to it.
Is ikura (salmon roe) healthy?
Just like fish, ikura is filled with Omega 3 fatty acids, which supports overall health through the entire body, including regulating inflammatory and immune pathways and helping healthy cell growth and development. Ikura is also filled with Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits.
However, just like chicken eggs, ikura also is fairly high in cholesterol, so those watching their levels should be wary of eating excessive amounts.
What’s the difference between ikura and Fujiko?
Fujiko is an ikura that is still inside of the ovary, as shown above. The ovary itself is quite tough and difficult to eat, so ikura is usually extracted before being eaten. Sometimes Fujiko is preserved with salt and can last much longer than ikura caviar.