Ikura - Red Caviar
Ikura - Salmon Roe
Ikura is the eggs of salmon fish, often referred to as salmon roe or red caviar.
If you're looking for a flavor and texture experience like no other, you have to try Ikura, otherwise known as salmon caviar.
Red caviar is a favorite seafood delicacy found throughout kitchens and restaurant menus worldwide. In the United States, you most often find red caviar on top of your favorite local sushi rolls. As Ikura grows in popularity, we see this seafood used in food in many unique ways.
There are many other ways to enjoy Ikura salmon roe than merely throwing some on top of sushi rolls.
What is Alaskan Red Caviar?
Red caviar is the raw eggs (roe) from female salmon. Ikura is popular because of the way the salmon eggs burst in your mouth when eaten. These tiny bursts of flavor immerse your mouth in a taste and texture experience that makes eating red caviar a real treat.
Salmon roe tends to be larger than the roe of other varieties of fish. Salmon is not the only fish with red or orange roe. It's important to check labels to ensure your roe is, in fact, Ikura. Salmon caviar served deli-style, where they pull out the amount you ask for, is often cut with other varieties of fish roe to make it cheaper. If you're looking for pure red caviar, be sure to check your labels.
You can hear red caviar while you're eating!
Salmon roe has a more audible pop when eaten than other types of caviar. The pop and subsequent squirt of salmon flavor is part of what makes salmon caviar so popular.
Did you know you can marinade Ikura?
Ikura caviar easily absorbs other flavors, which is excellent for cooking with or marinating but can be troublesome with storage. If stored in a metal container, Ikura salmon roe can take on a slightly metallic taste.
Alaskan Salmon Caviar: More Than a Sushi Garnish
While most often found decorating the top of sushi and sashimi, salmon roe is delicious in many great recipes!
Ways to eat Salmon Ikura:
- On top of toast points
- Inside blinis
- On deviled eggs
- Scrambled into eggs and topped with Creme Fraiche
- Ikura marinated in soy sauce and served over rice
- Pasta with salmon caviar
- Avocados topped with Greek yogurt and red caviar.
- Served on pizza, yes, pizza!
Chefs and restaurants are continually thinking up new ways to feed us red caviar. With such an exquisite flavor profile, the ways to eat red caviar are endless!
Salmon roe has a unique flavor and texture. Ikura is slightly oily, with a mild fishy flavor. Most commonly cured in salt, the briny taste and popping when you eat red caviar creates a mouthfeel and flavor that many have come to consider a delicacy.
When trying Ikura red caviar for the first time, we recommend you try it by itself.
How to Eat Red Caviar:
Take a teaspoon of salmon roe into your mouth. Use your tongue to press the balls of roe up against the roof of your mouth. The eggs will pop in our mouth, give you a gush of salty, umami flavor.
Don't be off-put when we say that salmon roe has a slightly fishy flavor. We're not talking fishy like seafood past its prime. It's a pleasant, salty flavor that is somewhat oily with a crisp popping texture.
Salmon Roe Nutrition: Is Ikura Healthy?
Just like salmon itself, salmon ikura is slightly oily. The oils are a high-quality source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids support cardiovascular health and can reduce overall inflammation.
Alaskan salmon caviar is high in antioxidants, protein, and other nutrients.
One ounce of salmon roe contains:
- 40 calories
- 2 grams of fat
- 5 grams of protein.
Of all the caviars, red caviar is surprisingly high in protein with 5 grams of protein per ounce.
If served as an appetizer, it's not often that someone will eat more than one ounce of salmon roe at a time. If planning a dinner party, we recommend that you plan on having 1 to 1.5 ounces of Ikura for each guest (and a little extra for yourself).
Eating Salmon Roe: What Does Red Salmon Caviar Taste Like?
All Alaska caviar is salty. Salmon caviar is no exception. Ikura salmon roe is salt-cured to preserve freshness. Our salmon caviar comes to you frozen for peak freshness. We recommend you thaw salmon roe in the refrigerator and serve cold or room temperature for the best flavor.
Salmon caviar tastes slightly fishy with a subtle sweetness. You can taste a distinct salmon flavor in red caviar. The exciting aspect of eating salmon caviar is the audible popping you hear and feel when eating the roe. We can't get enough of the popping!
Not everyone will love salmon roe right away. Salmon Ikura is a taste that grows on you and soon will become one of your favorite flavor profiles.
If you're not sure of salmon roe at first, try it on toast points or served with cheese and crackers. You might find the blending of flavorings surprising.
If you like salmon and other kinds of seafood, we think you'll love red caviar!
Where Can I buy Salmon Roe?
Buying red caviar at a local market can be misleading. If you find jars of red caviar on a dry shelf, it's likely canned and preserved. We prefer raw salt-cured, frozen caviar. Buying frozen caviar allows you to experience red caviar at peek freshness without having to know the fishers personally.
We make it easy to buy salmon caviar online. Our fishers process our salmon for fillets and roe quickly and freeze it to ensure the freshest flavor and texture possible.
When looking to buy red caviar, it helps to know that not all salmon caviar is the same. We offer several types of salmon caviar for sale. Each variety of red caviar online has slight differences you should know. Slight variations in egg size, color, and flavor will help you decide when buying salmon roe online.
Varieties of Salmon Roe:
- Coho Salmon Roe: A red-colored salmon roe with a slightly bitter finish.
- Pink Salmon Roe: The most popular variety of salmon roe with median egg size. The sweetest flavor profile of all of the types of salmon roe.
- Chum Salmon Roe: Light orange-colored eggs. Chum salmon roe has the largest egg size.
- Sockeye Salmon Roe: Smallest salmon roe size with darkest red-colored eggs.
- King Salmon Roe: One of the strongest flavored red caviars alongside Chum salmon roe.
Most consumers prefer salmon roe that is categorized as soft-shell red caviar.
The best time to buy salmon caviar is from May through October during the salmon fishing season.
At Global Seafoods, we sell only the highest-quality, wild-caught salmon roe, and we can tell you exactly what species of salmon roe you are buying. When you order salmon roe for sale online, you know that it is appropriately processed and frozen for the best tasting salmon caviar possible. We even go as far as to tell you which fishing season our fishers caught our red caviar!
Where to Buy Salmon Roe:
We've offered caviar throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest since our conception. Now you can experience the best tasting red caviar for sale, no matter where you live. Ordering online through Global Seafoods is easy, and we offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee!
One of the reasons Ikura has grown in popularity over the years is that red caviar can be much more affordable than other types of caviar, especially black caviar.
We try to offer the best possible prices for consumers ordering red caviar online. We often put our caviar on sale from time to time. Be sure to watch for our e-mails and newsletters for caviar on sale!
Ikura price can vary from season to season and from vender to vender. We do our best to offer the most delicious and affordable red caviar possible.
Our red caviar price per kg varies. We offer Ikura salmon caviar sizes of 1.1 lb. (.5kg) or 2.2 lb. (1kg) containers. The Ikura price ranges from $100 to $145 per box, depending on which variety, size, and the season you choose.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does caviar taste like?
Caviar is a salty, slightly sweet, slightly fishy delicacy. Red caviar is a salty treat with an incredible mouthfeel. Salmon roe pops in your mouth when you eat it! The flavor and taste of red caviar vary depending on which variety of salmon gives off the roe. For stronger flavored red caviar, try the roe of king salmon or chum salmon. For a sweet variety of Ikura, go for pink salmon roe.
How to eat caviar?
There are many ways to eat caviar. Caviar purists would tell you the only way to enjoy caviar is alone by the teaspoon. We say that the more you can find ways to eat and enjoy caviar, the better! Many food lovers find unique ways to eat caviar, such as a pizza or pancake topping!
There is no wrong way to eat caviar, as long as you order enough to share!