Discover fanciful, rainbow-colored tobiko caviar (flying fish roe)! While it might not be the most luxurious of caviars, it can certainly claim the title of the most whimsical and fun. We love tobiko as a garnish, especially for sushi dishes, where we most commonly find it. But besides adorning rolls, you can use it to add color and a light pop of flavor to all sorts of dishes, like soups and pasta!
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What is Flying Fish Roe?
Tobiko - Tobiko, or flying fish roe, comes from the eggs of the flying fish found off the coast of Iceland. Tobiko is infused and colored with many natural foods to add color and flavor, - yuzu makes it citrusy and yellow, wasabi tobiko is spicy and green, and tobiko colored with beet makes a sweet and red tobiko.
More about Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe)
We carry a colorful selection of Tobiko flying fish roe! From inky black to brilliant orange tobiko, to hot and spicy wasabi, and golden Tobiko, we have a brilliant assortment of flying fish roe, ready to give your dishes that fantastic pop of color and flavor.
Tobiko is Japanese for flying fish eggs, but the actual fish is found in the icy waters off Iceland. The flavor of the eggs is mild, which makes the perfect vehicle to infuse with pretty much any ingredient that adds color and flavor. Although usually found topping sushi rolls and nigiri (it’s perfect to give that restaurant final touch to homemade sushi), it can really be used on any dish – we especially love it in rice dishes, where it really pops. But it also gives a pretty finishing touch to soups!
Tobiko is a versatile, inexpensive, and fun caviar that’s perfect to really get creative with, so stock up on every color! At Gourmet Food Store we ship our caviar overnight in specialty packaging with ice packs for ultimate freshness, so you are guaranteed a perfectly fresh product every time.
Although you can buy tobiko in a variety of colors, thanks to dyeing methods, flying fish caviar is by definition a natural orange caviar. Black tobiko you might see in restaurants is colored with squid ink! Wasabi tobiko sushi rolls, with their green color and spicy kick, are a foodie favorite.
How To Use Tobiko
This versatility and variety available of this delicacy make it a great addition to caviar recipes or just any dish in a variety of cuisines, like Japanese sushi, but also anywhere you want to add a touch of color and texture. A great tobiko recipe that we adore is on top of simple deviled eggs garnished with parsley and spicy mayo, so delish! Poke bowls are also amazing with a sprinkling of this delicacy.
Of course, you can eat this plain, tobiko eggs are mostly found in prepared dishes, what we like to call sushi tobiko, like dragon rolls and California rolls, over salmon sashimi and other sushi specialties. It works well with liquids, so soup is a common presentation.
Tobiko vs masago
Tobiko and masago are both popular types of fish roe used in Japanese cuisine, and while they may look and taste similar, they have some distinct differences in terms of texture, flavor, and color. Masago, on the other hand, comes from the capelin, a small fish that is found in the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans. It is smaller than tobiko, with a grainy texture and a more muted flavor. In the battle between masago vs tobiko, there’s no clear winner: you can substitute one for the other in recipes.
Tobiko Caviar Nutrition
Like most types of fish eggs – and fish in general – tobiko fish eggs’ health benefits are many and varied. Here’s a quick look at tobiko nutrition: one of the best things is the calories in tobiko, which are super low. Another great benefit of this flying fish roe is that it’s packed with protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. The latter is one of the most important nutrients that humans need since these healthy fats reduce inflammation and promote heart health.
Buying Flying Fish Roe & Ordering Tobiko Online
There’s no need to scour your local Japanese or Asian food markets (if you happen to have any nearby) to buy flying fish roe. Order online and discover how easy and convenient it is. One of the main benefits of buying flying fish roe online at Gourmet Food Store is convenience and trust that you can buy tobiko from the same place that supplies the best restaurants in the country. At Gourmet Food Store, we’ve been supplying not only restaurants but also cruise ships, airlines, and hotels with premium, high-quality tobiko caviar for over 20 years.
With us, you can simply order the roe online and have it delivered straight to your doorstep. This can save you time and effort, particularly if you live in an area without many options for purchasing tobiko locally. Explore our different varieties of roe and caviar, and have it shipped to you overnight.
Tobiko Caviar Cost
Tobiko caviar prices can vary depending on several factors, including the type of tobiko, but in general, this is on the lower end of the pricing scale for caviar. You can find great deals on tobiko when you buy tobiko in bulk quantities, and if you’re smart and keep an eye out for our sales and promotions, you might get great discounts when you buy flying fish roe online at Gourmet Food Store! Tobiko can cost anywhere from a few dollars to several hundred dollars per pound, depending on the quality and rarity of the product.
How long can flying fish last?
The shelf life of flying fish roe can vary depending on how it is stored, and the processing method used.
Fresh tobiko should be consumed within a few days of purchase and should be kept refrigerated and once opened, it should be consumed within a day or two.
Pasteurized tobiko can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks if it is unopened. Once opened, it should be consumed within a week.
Frozen tobiko can be kept in the freezer for several months and should be thawed in the refrigerator before use. Once thawed, use it within a few days, and do not refreeze.
Always check the expiration date or best-by date and follow proper storage and handling instructions to ensure its freshness and safety.