Dreamy, Delicious Taramasalata – Made Simple
Deliciously creamy Taramasalata makes for a delicious foodie indulgence and an easy entertaining snack. So if you’re looking for an easy take on a much loved classic – this is it. Perfect for laid-back summer entertaining – or simply because you feel like it.
Taramasalata is a traditional Greek dip or spread that’s been popular in Mediterranean cuisine for centuries. It’s known (and loved) for its creamy texture and distinctively salty and tangy flavour. The main ingredient in Taramasalata is tarama, or cured fish roe paste typically made from cod, carp or mullet roe. The roe is usually combined with a few other select ingredients to create a smooth and flavourful dip.
To make Taramasalata the traditional way, the tarama paste is often blended with breadcrumbs, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and sometimes boiled potatoes or onions. The ingredients are combined until a creamy and smooth consistency is achieved. The resulting dip is usually pale pink or light orange in colour, depending on the type of roe used. Here, though, I’m dispensing with tradition a little – and giving you a version that’s quick and easy to make while being every bit as tasty!
Chilled, Just Like You
Taramasalata or whipped cod roe is deservedly associated with laid-back snacking. It’s typically served chilled and garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of paprika, and sometimes a few whole fish roe or caviar for presentation. And as part of a larger meal, it’s commonly enjoyed as an appetizer or meze, often served with pita bread, crackers, or fresh vegetables for dipping. We’re departing from tradition here, though, because I’m about to recommend… chips.
The Norman Conquest of 2023
If you haven’t visited Norman’s Café in Junction Road yet, you jolly well should. In fact, I was so inspired by their deceptively simple presentation of fluffy, almost mousse-like cod’s roe with a drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of streaky bacon-styled Frazzles that it’s become a bit of an obsession.
If you want something a little posher, Towpath Café on Regent’s Canal is a good option, too. But really, we’re talking about happy food that should be enjoyed in the company of good friends, so anything goes – whether you prefer chips, sourdough twists, or crudites.
So, this recipe is a simpler twist on the classical Taramasalata: it’s quick, easy to make, and nobody’s going to judge you for cracking open a packet of Frazzles or crisps of your choice alongside. Enjoy!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Taramasalata suitable for vegetarians?
Traditional Taramasalata contains fish roe and is not vegetarian-friendly. However, vegetarian versions that use plant-based substitutes like seaweed or vegetable purees are available.
Does Taramasalata have a strong fish flavour?
Tamasalata does have a distinct fish flavour due to the fish roe used in its preparation. That said, the overall taste is balanced by the other ingredients that introduce a really pleasing texture and tartness.
How long will Taramasalata keep in my fridge?
Taramasalata can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. It’s best consumed fresh, though, because the flavours tend to intensify over time.