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Homemade Salmon Caviar Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins

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.

Course: Appetizer
Keyword: fish eggs, salmon caviar, salmon roe
Servings: 16
Calories: 40 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
  • 1 Fresh Skein with Roe
  • 1 gallon Hot water For rinsing
Salt Brine
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 3 cups cold water
  • Large Bowl
  • Large holed sieve/colander
  • Glass Jar (for storage)
  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
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Salmon Caviar Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 461mg20%
Potassium 62mg2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.