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DIY Fresh Water Trout Caviar

corneygirl Jul 28, 2010 10:48 PM

My SO likes to fish for trout (stream born) and this time of year they are full of roe. And I LOVE fish roe. All internet searches say to fry the suckers in butter and add salt (or soy sauce). Any way to serve like sushi bar salmon roe... or other fresh water fish roe advice. TIA

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  1. Tripeler RE: corneygirl Jul 28, 2010 11:10 PM

    I wonder if roe from freshwater fish would be safe to eat...

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      aurora50 RE: Tripeler Jul 28, 2010 11:29 PM

      I would like to know, also. My sister and I caught live trout from a stream here in Oak Glen, California, and we asked for the roe with sacs. We didn't know how to prepare them, and we'd like to. We tried to eat them as they were, but they came with a kind of "netting" around them. Anyone, please tell us how to prepare them to eat!

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      morwen RE: corneygirl Jul 29, 2010 07:59 AM

      Fresh water fish roe is indeed safe to eat and a quick search will bring up many companies purveying many kinds of caviar from different fresh water fish species.

      Here are links to two sites describing methods and recipes for making home made caviar:

      I have serious egg envy going on here...

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        corneygirl RE: morwen Jul 29, 2010 08:55 AM

        Great links! Thank you. He headed out this morning so hopefully in a couple of days I'll be up to my eyeballs in fish eggs.

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          corneygirl RE: morwen Aug 2, 2010 08:34 AM

          Just to update - no female trout to bring home this time. He did bring back 3 roeless trouts and I smoked 2 of them. That turned out rather well and a nice change from pan fried or grilled fish.

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            morwen RE: corneygirl Aug 2, 2010 07:08 PM

            Mmmmm.... smoked trout..... There's a trout farm not too far away from here and their smoked trout is a regular offering at our farmers market. It's so good!. I like to make a spread out of it that's excellent on bagels and crusty toast but is even better stuffed into cherry tomatoes and peppadews.

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              corneygirl RE: morwen Aug 2, 2010 09:20 PM

              It was good if I do say so myself - esp for my first time smoking (fish). I brined it and turned the little weber into a smoker. I kept them whole so they didn't dry out at all which was nice. B flaked it apart and we topped salads of greens, avocado and tomatoes with it and a honey lime vinaigrette. I really want to try a spread the next time - it will remind me of smoked herring and whitefish spreads growing up.

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