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Mentaiko Pasta

First posted in 2011, updated in Mar 2015.

Mentaiko is marinated pollock roe and a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Using it to make mentaiko pasta (明太子パスタ) is my favourite way to enjoy this ingredient. This Italian-Japanese pasta is usually quite expensive on the menu, but easily less than half the price and more than double the roe, to make at home.

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Mentaiko Pasta Sauce Recipe

As gourmet as this pasta may sound and look, it is actual the simplest pasta recipe out there! The sauce does not require stove-top cooking and took me 5 minutes. The only real cooking I did was to cook the pasta (spaghetti).

Mentaiko Pasta Sauce Recipe

To make the 5-minute sauce, I basically melted butter in the microwave, then whisked in the other ingredients in a small bowl.

Karashi Mentaiko (辛子明太子)

There are two main types of spicy ‘karashi’ mentaiko (辛子明太子) you can find at the local Japanese supermarkets. The colourless type will result in a colourless pasta with visible bits of roe in it. On the other hand, the coloured type (featured in this recipe; pictured above), will result in a slight salmon pink pasta sauce.  Click here to read more information about mentaiko.

Mentaiko Pasta Recipe

52 comments on “Mentaiko Pasta”

  1. Does mentaiko have a fishy taste? Is it already cooked or we eat it raw? Tks.

  2. made this today for dinner, with a few adjustments- it was very delicious! I will probably post it on my blog and link back to this website- hope thats okay! :)

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  4. Never tried mentaiko before so everything is new and interesting to me :)

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  6. Hi its delicious! Great recipe. May I know if the sauce can be place in the fridge for next day? or how long can it be preserve?

    • I don’t think it will spoil the next day in fridge. But personally, since mentaiko is seafood, and this sauce is so easy to make, I prefer to make it on the day for freshness :)

  7. Hi would like to ask where to get this and how much it cost?
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  9. Hi,
    Can I replace the mentaiko with tobiko?

    TIA

  10. May i know what are ingredients you used to make mentai sauce?

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