Jan 20, 2008

Mentaiko Spaghetti 明太子義大利麵

This dish is so easy to make,
It'll be done right after the spaghetti is cooked!
(I beat Rachel Ray's 30 minutes meal for sure!)

Mentaiko Spaghetti 明太子義大利麵-

Ingredients (for two)?
2 sacs of mentaiko
1 1/2 cup of half & half
Japanese mayonnaise
Spaghetti for two people
Dried seaweed threads
Dried seaweed flakes
Sea salt
Half lemon juice


Simply cook the spaghetti according to the package,
Remember to sprinkle some salt in the water and cook the pasta till al dente.
Let's prepare our sauce.

This is our main ingredient of the day, mentaiko-

Mentaiko is Japanese marinated cod roe,
Usually served with rice or pasta,
However, there're many other ways to eat this delicacy:
Mentaiko onirigi (rice ball),
Baked fish with mentaiko,
Mentaiko monjayaki,
Baked potato with mentaiko,
So on and on..
I'll be more than happy to post other mentaiko recipes in the near future.

So here's what we have to do first for the roe-

Gently run the knife in the middle of mentaiko in order to remove the egg from its sac.
Have your pan ready,
Turn to medium heat and pour in half & half, you can also substitute it with cream.
Right before it's boiling,
Add mentaiko, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, half lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and mix them well.
The pasta should be ready by now,
Drain it and transfer to the pan,
Don't forget to save about 1/2 cup of pasta water and add it to the sauce mixture.
Give it a toss, add more mayonnaise and salt if desired.
Serve with dried seaweed threads.
Garnish with seaweed flakes.

Cindy's Rating: 6 or 7
Cindy's Friend's Rating: 6.8


  1. Mentaiko is the best! A friend once gave me about 20 pouches of homemade mentaiko. At my house we often make spaghetti and mentai oroshi, but my absolute favorite is mentaiko and avacado sushi.

  2. Wow...not too familiar with mentaiko but now i want to give it a try! Looks delicious!

  3. To John P~
    Yeah I saw those sushi in your blog before,
    They look delicious!

    To Zen Chef~
    Give it a try!
    I'm sure you'll make awesome food out of mentaiko!
    Don't forget to fly me one sample if you ever cook any!

  4. wah! Mentaiko..胆固醇好高哦!but, who can resist its temptations? :D

  5. I did not know 明太子 is Mentaiko and it is fish roe! :O

    SO easy as long as can get Mentaiko. Yes you beat RR definitely :)

  6. To jaime-la-nourriture~
    Yeah, indulge mentaiko once a while should be fine,
    Let's dig in!

    To Tigerfish~
    It's easy to get mentaiko in Taiwan right?

  7. wow...they look so delicious!!
    I love seafood very much, salmon roe & cod roe especially.

    Couldn't wait to see your other mentaiko recipes!!

  8. To illusion_c~
    I'll put up other cod roe recipes soon!

  9. OMG! i haven't had this in forever.
    thanks for reminding me that I love this dish.

  10. To Steamy Kitchen~
    Yeah, I came across mentaiko when I went to the Japanese supermarket.
    Then I bought it without a second thought!

  11. Your pictures are carefully taken and great! In singapore's japanese restaurants I often order mentaiko grilled on salmon or slipper lobster - it tastes like heaven. Very strong and flavorful!

  12. To Bernuim~
    Thank you so much!
    Yeah I haven't had mentaiko spaghetti for a while, kinda miss it!

  13. Amazing! Its truly amazing post, I have got much clear idea about from
    this post.