Homemade Salmon Caviar Recipe

How to make Salmon Roe to Caviar Recipe – learn about the steps involved in getting the fish eggs to go from roe to caviar. The process is easy and simple, but you do need to have a little “know-how” and I am here tell you all you need to know.

How to make Salmon Roe to Caviar - learn about the steps involved in getting the fish eggs to go from roe to caviar. Buttered Toast with a caviar in a spoon.

Before we get into how to make the Caviar from Salmon Roe let’s get some verbiage clear.

What are salmon fish eggs or fish roe?

They both refer to the same thing, it is the yellow round jewel-like fish egg or contents of the sack (skein) inside some female fish’s bellies. If the fish was not to be caught, the fish eggs would later become baby fish. The sack that holds the roe is called a skein.

What is Caviar?

Caviar refers to the cured fish eggs of a sturgeon. All other cured roe must have a specification of which fish it came from before the word caviar. In this way, caviar made from salmon roe or salmon eggs will be called salmon caviar, not just caviar. The true sturgeon caviar is black in color, a lot smaller than salmon caviar and can cost hundreds of dollars per ounce.

Why is sturgeon Caviar so expensive?

The high cost of sturgeon caviar does not come so much from the exceptional flavor, which is not to say that it doesn’t taste good, but more so because of the scarcity of mature sturgeon fish.

Sturgeon female fish must be at least 10 years old before they’re ready to migrate upstream to lay their eggs. Most of them have been fished out by that age, which is exactly why the mature sturgeon are rare and their roe is extremely expensive.

How to make Salmon Roe to Caviar - learn about the steps involved in getting the fish eggs to go from roe to caviar. The process is easy and simple. Closeup of Salmon Caviar in a glass bowl.

How much Salmon Caviar comes from 1 lb of Salmon Roe?

From every pound of salmon roe, you will get about 1/2 pound of salted or cured caviar.

Is Salmon Caviar or Roe good for you? 

Salmon roe is amongst one of the richest foods in the omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to the early brain and eye development, as well as the support of heart, eye, immune and mental health throughout the later years.

Which is why, eating caviar is good for your health overall, but especially so if you’re pregnant, or a child.

How to make Salmon Roe to Caviar - learn about the steps involved in getting the fish eggs to go from roe to caviar. The process is easy and simple. Board with fresh bread, softened butter and glass bowls with Salmon Caviar.

Where can I buy salmon roe?

Since the skeins with the roe are found inside the salmon, if you were to buy fresh salmon straight from the fisherman or even a grocery store, oftentimes when you clean the fish you will find the skein with roe inside.

Here in the Pacific North West, you can also search for locations (google “salmon sales locations”) where the Native Americans fish and sell salmon and buy it straight from them.

Sometimes they will have already cleaned fish with the salmon roe sold separately, sometimes you will just have to buy the whole fish and hope that it has fish eggs inside.

How to make Salmon Roe to Caviar - learn about the steps involved in getting the fish eggs to go from roe to caviar. The process is easy and simple. Wooden board with slices of bread and glass bowl with Salmon Caviar.

Tips for Success – 

  • Try to avoid using metal utensils when making caviar. Wooden spoons and glass bowls are the best since they do not oxidize the salmon roe.
  • If at all possible, use filtered water to clean and process the salmon roe. Fish eggs take on extra water very easy by the process of osmosis, so using chemical ladened tap water can have a negative impact on the delicate taste of salmon caviar.

Homemade Salmon Caviar Recipe

Salmon Roe Recipe

  • Set a large bowl in the sink, fill it with warm water and set a colander or sieve into/over it.
  • Make one tear along 1 skein lengthwise exposing the roe inside. Place the skein inside the colander and allow the warmth of the water help shrink the outside membrane of the skein and free up some of the fish eggs. The roe might become opaque in color, do not worry this is ok.
  • Gently, using your fingers continue freeing up more roe from the sack. When all of it is out, raise the sieve with the fish eggs up and down, rinsing out the impurities. Then pick out the rest of the impurities by hand. You can drain the water and add more clean water to further clean out the roe. Remove the sieve with the roe to a clean dry bowl.
  • Meanwhile make the brine: in a bowl that would fit the sieve inside stir 3 cups water and 1/2 cup kosher salt until the salt is dissolved.
  • Lower the sieve with the cleansed roe into the brine. Allow to sit for several minutes or until it is salted to your liking. I kept the roe in the brine for about 3 minutes.

Learn how to make Caviar from Salmon Roe in clear step by step tutorial. Bowl with Salmon caviar and a small spoon.

  • Raise the sieve out of the brine and transfer the salmon caviar to a paper towel to absorb extra liquid. Then, transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate.

Serving Suggestions for Salmon Caviar:

  • Serve Salmon Caviar with some buttered toast like shown in pictures above
  • Top Soft scrambled eggs with some Salmon Caviar
  • Serve Caviar along with sour cream and Blini’s
  • Top Potato Latke’s (Draniki) with some Sour cream and this Salmon Caviar

 

Homemade Salmon Caviar Recipe

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How to make Salmon Roe to Caviar Recipe - learn about the steps involved in getting the fish eggs to go from roe to caviar. The process is easy and simple, but you do need to have a little "know-how" and I am here tell you all you need to know.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: fish eggs, salmon caviar, salmon roe
Calories: 40 kcal
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 Fresh Skein with Roe
  • 1 gallon Hot water For rinsing

Salt Brine

  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 3 cups cold water

Equipment

  • Large Bowl
  • Large holed sieve/colander
  • Glass Jar (for storage)

Instructions

  1. Set a large bowl in the sink, fill it with warm water and set a colander or sieve into it. Make one tear along 1 skein lengthwise exposing the roe inside.
  2. Place the skein inside the colander and allow the warmth of the water help shrink the outside membrane of the skein and free up some of the fish eggs. The roe might become opaque in color, do not worry this is ok.
  3. Gently, using your fingers continue freeing up more roe from the sack. When all of it is out, raise the sieve with the fish eggs up and down, rinsing out the impurities. Then pick out the rest of them by hand. You can drain the water and add more clean water to further clean out the roe. Remove the sieve with the roe to a clean dry bowl.
  4. Meanwhile make the brine: in a bowl that would fit the sieve inside stir 3 cups water and 1/2 cup kosher salt until the salt is dissolved.
  5. Lower the sieve with the cleansed roe into the brine. Allow to sit for several minutes or until it is salted to your liking. I kept the roe in the brine for about 3 minutes.
  6. Raise the sieve from the brine and transfer the salmon caviar to a paper towel to absorb extra liquid. Then, transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate. 

Recipe Notes

  • When the hot water is poured over the fish roe, the color might change from clear orange to opaque orange. The caviar will change back to normal color and clarity once in the brine.
  • If the caviar gets too salty, rinse it out with water or set it into a bowl of water until it has reached desired saltiness.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Salmon Caviar Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 461mg 19%
Potassium 62mg 2%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 5.5%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Mila

    Wow, I didn’t know that only sturgeon caviar can be called “caviar” and others have to be specified by the type of fish they came from! Thank you for sharing!”

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  • Pam @ Salmon Recipes

    I am so happy you posted this! I like grilled salmon, but cooked…not so much. This looks excellent! Thank you!

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  • […] Homemade Salmon Caviar: If you’ve ever wanted to make your own, this recipe shows how to make fish roe. The only ingredients needed are fresh fish eggs, hot water, and salt. […]

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  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    Marina, gorgeous photos of salmon caviar! I love it, especially with crepes and sour cream. By the way, I just published a recipe for medovik tort – thought I’d let you know since you’re such an accomplished baker of so many gorgeous cakes! Of course, medovik does not compare to lots of your creations, but nevertheless… 🙂 I made it with cooked flour frosting.

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    • Thank you Julia! It’s kind of interesting that I love caviar and I love crepes but I’ve never had them together)) I should try it some time 🙂

      Your cake was amazing!

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