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Mama Pasta Sauce: Tarako Cod Roe

This creamy instant pasta sauce is unique to Japan and just as popular as its Italian originator! Tarako is salted cod roe - the not-so-secret ingredient for this deliciously creamy pasta sauce! Enjoy the taste of the sea (but not in a fishy way!) easily on your favorite pastas, udon, and more!

Common Allergens: Milk, Egg, Fish, Soy.

What’s The Difference Between Tarako and Mentaiko?

Mentaiko is often mistaken for tarako. Both tarako and mentaiko are traditional seafood ingredients in Japan made from salted pollock or cod roe. Mentaiko is marinated in chili peppers and spice, but tarako has only been marinated in salt. 

Tarako is mild and simple: it has a light pink color, and a tender texture. Mentaiko has much more vivid and deep color and flavor than tarako - it tastes  saltier and fishier.

How To Cook With Mentaiko and Tarako

You’re most likely to see mentaiko on the menu as a filling for onigiri rice balls, as a side dish alongside steamed rice, or as a topping for ochazuke (green-tea-over-rice), ramen, and rice bowls. You can use mentaiko in sushi, as a spread when mixed with Japanese mayonnaise, or even make tempura with the cod roe lobe itself.  And the most unexpected yet most common dish that includes mentaiko? The renowned and much loved mentaiko spaghetti! 

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From pantry staples to kitchenware, Bokksu Market ships everyday pan-Asian grocery items and ingredients right to your door across the contiguous US. delivers original assortments of Japanese snacks and tea pairings on a monthly subscription basis, as well as offers a marketplace selling artisanal, handcrafted products found exclusively in Japan.