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Nov 23, 2010 08:43 AM

Where to find cod milt?

I just read the post about cod milt on Serious Eats ( and I'm really interested in getting some to make. My plan of attack is Reliable Market and then Ebisuya, but I was wondering if anyone could confirm a particular grocery store indeed carries cod milt.

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  1. I don't think I've seen it at either of those two places. You might want to call New Deal and Courthouse fishmarkets and ask them to save the bonus parts for you next time they buy a codfish.

    1. The Serious Eats article was incorrect to define all fish sperm as "cod milt" -- cod milt is the milt of cod.

      I've seen milt more commonly labeled in Japanese under its sushi name, shirako (literally "white children"). I've had shirako in various restaurants (O Ya here in Boston, Sebo in San Francisco) but I have never seen it in a market (but I am not looking hard).

      So you might have better luck asking for shirako. I have also seen it called soft roe. Or even milt--but asking around for cod milt might get you some negative answers when they have the milt of some other fish (after cod, anglerfish is common).

      Good luck!

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