Ingredient Spotlight: Masago

Even more teeny than tobiko is masago, which is the roe of the capelin fish. Capelin is a type of smelt found in Arctic waters. Their roe is very small and orange in color, and is a popular addition to sushi.Capelin is a sustainable fish found in large quantities, so eating masago sushi is an ocean-friendly option. Iceland is the world's largest producer of capelin roe, and their fishery practices are environmentally friendly.

Masago is sometimes mixed with wasabi and marketed as wasabi caviar.

Where To Buy Masago:
Catalina Offshore Products
Gourmet Food Store

Related:
Ingredient Spotlight: Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe)
Ingredient Spotlight: Salmon Roe (Ikura)

(Image: Kathryn Hill)

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