Tarako (Salted Pollock Roe) Spaghetti

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This simple, classic Tokyo fusion dish has been a revelation of subtle briny goodness to me. My version has few ingredients; don't overwhelm the roe.

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Prep Time

5 min

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Cook Time

10 min

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Wait Time

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Tarako (Salted Pollock Roe) Spaghetti

Ingredients

Serves 1
1 serving Serves

Instructions

Step 1

Boil a small bunch of angel hair pasta (thin spaghetti) for about 7 minutes. Drain when finished, but make sure to set aside 2-3 tablespoons of cooking liquid. While the pasta cooks, you can prepare the other ingredients.

Boil a small bunch of angel hair pasta (thin spaghetti) for about 7 minutes. Drain when finished, but make sure to set aside 2-3 tablespoons of cooking liquid.  While the pasta cooks, you can prepare the other ingredients.

Step 2

Using a small knife, cut a slit into the side of one of the tarako roe sacs. Scrape out the roe with the knife. Substituting with mentaiko is also acceptable. Use about 1 roe sac for each serving. Tarako and mentaiko (spicy marinated cod roe) can be found at Japanese and Korean markets.

Using a small knife, cut a slit into the side of one of the tarako roe sacs.  Scrape out the roe with the knife. Substituting with mentaiko is also acceptable.  Use about 1 roe sac for each serving.  Tarako and mentaiko (spicy marinated cod roe) can be found at Japanese and Korean markets.

Step 3

Slice the green part of a green onion very thinly along a bias. Also thinly slice some nori. Cut 2 tbsp butter into cubes.

Slice the green part of a green onion very thinly along a bias.  Also thinly slice some nori.  Cut 2 tbsp butter into cubes.

Step 4

Heat your pan over medium heat to melt the butter. Once the butter has completely melted, immediately turn off the heat. Add the roe. Using a wooden spoon, break up the roe.

Heat your pan over medium heat to melt the butter.  Once the butter has completely melted, immediately turn off the heat. Add the roe.  Using a wooden spoon, break up the roe.

Step 5

Add the noodles. Also add the reserved 2 tbsp of pasta cooking water and mix together. The cooking water helps to make the butter and roe sauce more creamy in nature.

Add the noodles.  Also add the reserved 2 tbsp of pasta cooking water and mix together.  The cooking water helps to make the butter and roe sauce more creamy in nature.

Step 6

When the noodles are well-mixed with the sauce, serve it in a pasta bowl and sprinkle a small amount of freshly ground black pepper on top. Garnish with the thinly sliced green onions first, then the nori. Serve immediately.

When the noodles are well-mixed with the sauce, serve it in a pasta bowl and sprinkle a small amount of freshly ground black pepper on top.  Garnish with the thinly sliced green onions first, then the nori.  Serve immediately.

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Tarako (Salted Pollock Roe) Spaghetti

Tarako (Salted Pollock Roe) Spaghetti

By jeff

This simple, classic Tokyo fusion dish has been a revelation of subtle briny goodness to me. My version has few ingredients; don't overwhelm the roe.

Prep Time

5 min

Cook Time

10 min

Wait Time

--

Ingredients

Serves 1

Instructions

Boil a small bunch of angel hair pasta (thin spaghetti) for about 7 minutes. Drain when finished, but make sure to set aside 2-3 tablespoons of cooking liquid.  While the pasta cooks, you can prepare the other ingredients.

Step 1

Boil a small bunch of angel hair pasta (thin spaghetti) for about 7 minutes. Drain when finished, but make sure to set aside 2-3 tablespoons of cooking liquid. While the pasta cooks, you can prepare the other ingredients.

Using a small knife, cut a slit into the side of one of the tarako roe sacs.  Scrape out the roe with the knife. Substituting with mentaiko is also acceptable.  Use about 1 roe sac for each serving.  Tarako and mentaiko (spicy marinated cod roe) can be found at Japanese and Korean markets.

Step 2

Using a small knife, cut a slit into the side of one of the tarako roe sacs. Scrape out the roe with the knife. Substituting with mentaiko is also acceptable. Use about 1 roe sac for each serving. Tarako and mentaiko (spicy marinated cod roe) can be found at Japanese and Korean markets.

Slice the green part of a green onion very thinly along a bias.  Also thinly slice some nori.  Cut 2 tbsp butter into cubes.

Step 3

Slice the green part of a green onion very thinly along a bias. Also thinly slice some nori. Cut 2 tbsp butter into cubes.

Heat your pan over medium heat to melt the butter.  Once the butter has completely melted, immediately turn off the heat. Add the roe.  Using a wooden spoon, break up the roe.

Step 4

Heat your pan over medium heat to melt the butter. Once the butter has completely melted, immediately turn off the heat. Add the roe. Using a wooden spoon, break up the roe.

Add the noodles.  Also add the reserved 2 tbsp of pasta cooking water and mix together.  The cooking water helps to make the butter and roe sauce more creamy in nature.

Step 5

Add the noodles. Also add the reserved 2 tbsp of pasta cooking water and mix together. The cooking water helps to make the butter and roe sauce more creamy in nature.

When the noodles are well-mixed with the sauce, serve it in a pasta bowl and sprinkle a small amount of freshly ground black pepper on top.  Garnish with the thinly sliced green onions first, then the nori.  Serve immediately.

Step 6

When the noodles are well-mixed with the sauce, serve it in a pasta bowl and sprinkle a small amount of freshly ground black pepper on top. Garnish with the thinly sliced green onions first, then the nori. Serve immediately.

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