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What is tobiko and how to enjoy it?



The world of fish roe is full of treasures. Tobiko roe is one of these gems.

In the mouth, they offer a true explosion of flavors that will delight your taste buds. Their delicate and melt-in-your-mouth texture releases subtle aromas

Each variety presents distinct notes that will add a sophisticate and elegant touch to any dish. Fish roe is a truly exquisite gastronomic experience and a feast for the senses.

In this article, find out tips on how to best select and prepare tobiko roe.


Tobiko is the Japanese designation of flying fish roe, commonly used in some Japanese dishes but not exclusively.

Its name is derived from two Japanese words: “Tobi” meaning “to fly” and “ko” meaning “child”.

The roe is small, 0.5 mm to 0.8 mm, and comes in a range of colors depending on the seasoning.

Tobiko is distinguished by its unique texture. Its thin shell cracks and bursts under the tooth, releasing a juicy, flavorful interior.

It has a taste reminiscent of the sea, quite similar to seaweed. This salty, slightly sweet taste is enhanced by subtle hints of unami. Tobiko roe brings a touch of elegance and color to your cooking.


Tobiko roe is mainly used as a garnish. They are often found in dishes such as sushis, sashimis and other Japanese dishes.

However, tobiko roe can be paired with many other side dishes. They can be used as appetizers, as well as in all your culinary preparations.

Add a handful to your omelettes for a touch of color and savory flavor. For a pleasant, surprising texture, place tobiko on toast or blinis for aperitifs. You can even add them to pasta dishes, rice dishes, salads or even cheese.

You can also mix your tobiko roe in a sauce to add a crunchy texture and a delicate salty taste.


There are several variations of tobiko roe. They are known for their colorful appearance and crispy texture.

Orange tobiko, is the natural form of tobiko. It has a delicate smoky or salty flavor and a crunchy texture.

Wasabi tobiko is seasoned with wasabi, a pungent green paste made from Japanese horseradish. It develops a tangy, spicy taste bringing a kick of flavor to every bite.

Yuzu tobiko, is infused with yuzu, a refreshing Japanese citrus fruit. It is characterized by its yellow color and offers a tangy, slightly sweet, lemony flavor that adds a refreshing touch to every tasting experience.

At Kaviari you can find all these three varieties of tobiko if you wish to accompany your dishes with this delightful garnish.

If you are looking for a tasty and original ingredient for your aperitifs, this is the perfect product.

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