Mentaiko (明太子) is marinated pollock roe, a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. It is available in almost all supermarkets as well as shopping channels on TV. This mentaiko spaghetti is a popular Japanese-style (wafu/和風) pasta along with many other dishes made with mentaiko such as mentaiko onigiri and mentaiko-mayo sauce for baking seafood.
This is how I scrap the mentaiko off from the sac, lining a plastic wrap on the chopping board and scrap with the back of a knife. The membrane of the sac is edible but it is usually discarded.
Ingredients (2 servings):
150 g spaghetti or angel hair
Water for cooking pasta
Salt (2% of the amount of water, eg: 1 litre water add 2 g salt)
50 g butter
2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
1/2 sac of mentaiko (about 2 heap tablespoons)
30 g Parmesan cheese
4-5 shiso leaves, shredded
- Cook pasta according to the direction on the packaging material.
- Meanwhile, heat a pan with low heat. Add in butter and mayonnaise, melt butter and mix well with mayonnaise. Do not burn.
- When pasta is done, drain and transfer to pan. Toss to coat with sauce, turn the heat off.
- Add in mentaiko (you may want to reserve some for garnish) and cheese, mix well.
- Transfer to serving plates, garnish with shiso and nori. Serve warm.
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