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Hotate Mentaiyaki

When I am in the mood for a treat, I will add mentaiko or marinated pollock roe to my shopping basket. Besides making a quick & super-indulgent mentaiko pasta with it, my other favourite use is to bake half-shelled scallops in mentaiko sauce, aka Hotate Meitaiyaki.

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If serving scallops in half shells is beautiful, there must be a word beyond beautiful for scallops baked with mentaiko sauce – I simply adore the pastel orange hue when baked. I love to order this dish at Japanese restaurants, but they are often pricey and stingy with the fish roe. So I am really happy that I can make this at home easily – only taking about 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake in the oven.

Using colorless mentaiko (明太子) will result in a pale appearance while using the coloured type (pictured above) will result in a gorgeous pastel orange sauce. Be sure to buy the right type of mentaiko accordingly to your preference. This is how I scrap out the roe the back of a small knife or a small spoon after making a slit on the membrane.

Hotate Mentaiyaki

22 comments on “Hotate Mentaiyaki”

  1. Where do you normally buy your mentaiko from? So far I’ve only managed to buy during the Japanese food fairs at Isetan..

    • Hi Jasmine, you can purchase mentaiko from the supermarket located at Isetan Scotts, Singapore. It’s available whole year round :)
      P.S Just added this information to the cooking notes of this recipe.

    • it look very delicious! How much the mentaiko usualy cost?

    • the pack I bought (see photo on page two) costs abt S$14. usually within S$10-S$20 depends on the weight.

    • Thanks for your reply! I figured Isetan Scotts is the only place I can get mentaiko in SG, was hoping there would be some place else =P

    • no problem, oh just remembered Sakuraya sells frozen mentaiko too, you can check it out. I buy before, but personally prefer the quality of the mentaiko from Isetan.

    • Wiffy – Anywhere in the east sells mentaiko? Not fancy going all the way to central and west side to buy. =.=

    • hey kisetsu, not sure … Cold Storage at Tampines 1 may have? There is a Sakuraya at Parkway Parade too.

  2. Wow, what a lovely site you have here. Glad to have found you.
    Have a lovely evening.

  3. Looks delicious! Love the baked scallop in this.

  4. I never even tried mentaiko before, not to talk about the sauce made from it :O

  5. I love the flavours you’ve used here – so clean and fresh and perfect for this time of year!

  6. Scallop plus fish roe – how unami it could be : )! The mentaiko roe together with mayonnaise have made a lovely hue.

  7. You bet I love SCALLOPS! These look so pretty and appetizing!

  8. omg yummm!!! i need to follow this! can’t bake in shell? (lazy question heheh)

  9. Do I need to bake the scallop first? Can I combine all the ingredients and bake? I am also very lazy. Tks.

  10. My favourite elements are all here, Hotate and Mentaiko! Loving it!

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