{Recipe} Mentaiko Pasta

Mentaiko Pasta is a popular dish sold outside but in fact, it is one of the simplest pasta dishes to make!
As long as you can boil pasta, you can prepare a delicious plate of Mentaiko Pasta at home at a fraction of the price :)

Mentaiko Pasta
Serves 2


    140g or 2 sacs of Mentaiko
    2 servings of pasta of your choice (I chose fusilli)
    Sea salt to taste

    60g melted butter or olive oil*
    5 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise (Kewpie)
    2 tsp mirin
2 tbsp cream

    1 tsp mentaiko     
Shredded nori (roasted seaweed)

*Butter provides a nice fragrance but i find that it tones down the taste of Mentaiko. Use olive oil if you prefer a stronger Mentaiko taste.


1.  Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain pasta and reserve a small cup of pasta water.

2. While pasta is boiling, prepare the mentaiko sauce. Use a sharp knife and make slits on the mentaiko sacs before scraping out the roe into a large bowl. Set aside 1 tsp of Mentaiko for garnishing.

3.  Add melted butter/olive oil, Japanese mayonnaise, mirin and cream into the large bowl. Whisk to combine well.
4. Add the hot pasta into the large bowl and toss until even. If the pasta is too dry, add a bit of reserved pasta water to help bind the ingredients together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.    

5. Transfer into a plate and garnish with mentaiko and shredded nori.

Looks dry because the sauce are all stucked in the grooves of the pasta hahahha

Served with teriyaki salmon! :)



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