Tarako (food)

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Plain tarako
Tarako spaghetti

Tarako (鱈子?), in Japanese cuisine, is a salted roe food, usually made from Alaska pollock,[1] although tara (?) actually means cod in Japanese.

Tarako is served in a number of ways:

  • Plain (usually for breakfast)[2]
  • As a filling for onigiri
  • As a pasta sauce (usually with nori)

Traditionally, tarako was dyed bright red, but recent concerns about the safety of food coloring have all but eliminated that custom.[2] In Kyūshū, tarako is commonly served with red chili pepper flakes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hui, Yiu H. (2006). "Caviar and Fish Roe". Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering. CRC Press. pp. 161–12. ISBN 0-8493-9849-5. 
  2. ^ a b Ashkenazi, Michael; Jacob, Jeanne (2003). "Major Foods and Ingredients". Food Culture in Japan. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 58–9. ISBN 0-313-32438-7.