Smoked spicy pollack roe (Mentaiko)

Smoked spicy pollack roe (Mentaiko)

Smoking Type: Hot Smoking/Warm Smoking Recommended

Temperature: Moderate Indirect Heat

Time: Approximately 10 to 20 minutes

When smoking mentaiko (spicy cod roe), it's best to use moderate indirect heat. High temperatures can make it overly soft, so a moderate indirect heat is ideal.

The smoking time typically ranges from 10 to 20 minutes. Be cautious not to over-smoke, as the time the mentaiko is exposed to smoke inside the smoker imparts the flavor.



・Fresh spicy pollack roe (Spicy Cod Roe)



① Prepare spicy pollack roe

Choose fresh spicy pollack roe.

② Prepare Smoking Chips

If using a smoker, soak smoking chips in water for a while and then drain. This ensures chips burn longer during smoking.

③ Smoke the spicy pollack roe

Place damp smoking chips, and put the spicy pollack roe on a grill inside the smoker. Close the lid and smoke the spicy pollack roe using moderate indirect heat. Smoking time may vary based on spicy pollack roe size and smoker performance, but around 10-20 minutes is a general guideline.

④ Completion

Once smoking is done, take out the spicy pollack roe and use it in your preferred dishes.


Recommended Smoking Chips

Applewood Smoking Chips: With a fruity and sweet aroma, Applewood adds a gentle flavor to smoked foods. It enhances the delicate taste of spicy pollack roe without overpowering it, especially complementing seafood and giving the spicy pollack roe a heightened fruity scent.

Cherrywood Smoking Chips: Offering a subtle sweetness and mild smokiness, Cherrywood chips provide a mellow flavor profile to spicy pollack roe. They enhance the taste while providing a balanced smoky aroma, making them an excellent choice for spicy pollack roe smoking.


Smoked spicy pollack roe Cream Pasta


Smoked spicy pollack roe (desired amount) Pasta (preferred type) 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 2 tablespoons Butter 1 Onion (finely chopped) 2 Garlic Cloves (minced) 1 tablespoon Olive Oil Salt (to taste) Black Pepper (to taste) Parmesan Cheese (optional)



① Cook the Pasta Cook your preferred pasta according to the package instructions, aiming for al dente texture. Drain and set aside.

② Prepare Smoked spicy pollack roe Break the smoked spicy pollack roe into smaller pieces.

③ Prepare the Sauce In a pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until the onion becomes translucent.

④ Add the Heavy Cream Add heavy cream to the sautéed onion and garlic mixture, allowing it to simmer slightly on low heat. Season with salt and black pepper.

⑤ Mix with Pasta Add the cooked pasta to the cream sauce and mix well.

⑥ Top with Smoked spicy pollack roe Serve the cream pasta in dishes and top it with the smoked spicy pollack roe pieces.

⑦ Optional: Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese You can also sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top for an added layer of flavor.

Feel free to customize this dish to your liking, and enjoy the exquisite combination of creamy pasta with the subtle smokiness of smoked spicy pollack roe. The smoked spicy pollack roe's flavor adds a unique touch to the creamy pasta, enhancing the overall experience.

《 Smoked spicy pollack roe and Avocado Onigiri 》


Smoked spicy pollack roe (desired amount) 1 Avocado (sliced) About 2 cups Cooked Rice Seaweed Sheets (Nori) (desired amount) 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil White Sesame Seeds (to taste) Steps:

① Prepare the Rice Prepare warm rice and sprinkle white sesame seeds over it.

② Season the Rice Mix soy sauce and sesame oil, and drizzle it over the rice. Mix well.

③ Make Onigiri Lay out a sheet of seaweed and shape the rice into onigiri (rice balls) in the center. Place slices of smoked spicy pollack roe and avocado on top.

④ Form the Onigiri Wrap the onigiri in seaweed, ensuring the fillings are covered. Mold them into a triangle or rounded shape.

⑤ Completion Arrange the onigiri on a plate and optionally wrap them further with seaweed. The remaining white sesame seeds can be sprinkled on top. This "Smoked spicy pollack roe and Avocado Onigiri" is a great addition to bento boxes or lunch as a delightful side dish. The mix of spicy pollack roe's spiciness and avocado's creamy texture perfectly complements the onigiri. Give it a try!