Serious Eats Guide: How to Osetra caviar

As a half-Japanese American, salty preserved fish products are in my blood. I grew up eating tarako, the salted, cured roe of Alaskan pollock, served inside rice onigiri, or grilled up for breakfast. But it wasn’t until I started working at fancy-pants restaurants that I first tasted real Ossetra caviar

The first bite I had was a small dollop of Iranian osetra that I ate off of a plastic spoon the chef handed me in the walk-in refrigerator. Subtly salty with a distinct minerality and an aroma of the sea. The beads of sturgeon roe rolled across my tongue, popping against the roof of my mouth in little saline bursts. It was mind-blowing stuff, and I relished every opportunity to work with it and taste the many varieties available

Caviar is technically the salted roe of sturgeon, a prehistoric, scale-less fish that ranges in the Northern hemisphere from North America to China. At the market, you’ll also find cured eggs from other fish that are occasionally referred to as caviar, but their labeling will always indicate the type of fish they came from, such as “American spoonbill caviar” or “Salmon caviar.” Depending on the species of sturgeon, area of harvest, and treatment of the eggs after harvest, caviar can vary in texture, flavor, and appearance

What was once largely a wild-harvested product is now largely farm-raised. During the Soviet era, the harvest and production of wild caviar was a tightly controlled, highly lucrative industry in the Caspian and Black seas. But this all changed with the dissolution of the USSR—everybody wanted a piece of the pie. The ensuing over-fishing of sturgeon has been devastating to the ecosystem and the industry. The sale of Beluga caviar—the most highly prized of the three most famous sturgeon species—has been banned by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service since 2005. Wild osetra sturgeon have likewise been harvested to near extinction. Their caviar is currently unavailable.

These days, most of the caviar available in the U.S. comes from farmed fish around the world—the United States, China, and Israel being some of the largest producers. So what does this new market look like, and more importantly, how can you buy it with confidence?

We sat down with Alexandre Petrossian, 30, the third generation Vice President of Petrossian, to talk about the salty fish eggs. The famed Paris caviar house has an online boutique as well as a shop and restaurant in New York. “They say that a good caviar should have at least 15 different flavors in it,” he starts. “Each time you take a bite, you should taste something new. It should develop on your tongue and the aftertaste should linger for a very long time.”

“Surprisingly, the Chinese farms are some of the best,” he says. Petrossian currently offers several varieties of Chinese caviar, including their Imperial Shassetra and Kaluga, which is amongst the more expensive in their line-up. “They actually came to us before they started designing the farms, asking for details about every step of the process, and how we like our caviar to be raised and harvested. They were really determined to do it right.” Because of this, the Chinese caviar is among the most consistent.

I brought back five tins of sturgeon caviar to Serious Eats World Headquarters where we had a blind tasting. The caviars ranged in price from $113 to $481 per 50 gram tin. But our favorites were not the most expensive. Take a look at our tasting notes in the slideshow above.

“Good caviar should have distinct eggs that separate when you roll them on the roof of your mouth,” says Alexandre. “They need to pop,” rather than taste mushy. When you open a tin, the caviar should be shiny, each egg glistening, not oily or murky. “Good caviar sparkles like diamonds,” says Alexandre. “It makes it quite difficult to take photographs.”

How To Taste And Serve Caviar

The traditional accompaniments to caviar are Champagne or ice cold vodka. “Avoid a heavier red or white wine with caviar,” advises Alexander. “It will compete with the flavor.” If tasting a variety of different caviars, drink water or sparkling water between varieties to cleanse your palate.

I prefer to taste caviar straight out of the tin using a spoon. Mother-of-pearl is pretty and the traditional choice, but you don’t need a fancy spoon to eat it. “I taste my caviar from a wooden spoon, because that’s how I was taught to taste it growing up,” says Alex. I like to use plastic spoons. The only material to avoid is silver, which can react with the caviar to give it a metallic flavor


The Pink Salmon Caviar in (2020)

Use of pink salmon caviar to top rice flavored with the vinegar and wrapped in nori seaweed for simple and now classy sushi. If you are an avid caviar eater then already enjoy the best beluga, serge and is societal caviar we have fun challenging for you. Branching outside of the comfort zone and purchasing one of the hundreds of different types of caviar we all know that the Caspian Sea caviar is now distributed.

Pink caviar known as gorbuscha caviar has an excellent flavor and satisfying texture. It is guaranteed that each and every product we carry are quality checked before freezing.

Salmon Red Caviar


Salmon eggs are most of the time referred to like pink salmon caviar due to their shade and ranges from light orange to the dark red. Eggs are of medium size and make for an intriguing alternative to the sturgeon caviar like they have a taste of fish. It is the most popular substitute for sturgeon fish available and becoming the increasingly famous choice for us to enjoy.

How to select appropriate caviar


Out of this cafe, this storehouse carries a world of alternative caviars, which are very popular and also very cheap and stable. Such a canvas includes salmon, trout, and lamps. Probably a few convince can be the most appropriate in the past before the sample.

How to change the carrier in the food


Once you’ve been settled on the choir, know that they will enjoy and remember that it should only enjoy small amounts. This is not just a cheaper cooking method but also how to expect the purification of the world’s quality, the festival normally serves every dinner. It may be like an inaccessible part but only to remember that incredible flavor will be much higher for the service.

Tips for Storage Career


It can be a wonderful taste and is not fresh for long and then it should be as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse. At the time when a jar is opened, it should be eaten within a few days before all the caviar loses taste and taste.

Sea caviar demand


It is now endangered so it is even harder to get it and further rates of Russian and Iranian caviar has skyrocketed. The United States caviar industry has taken advantage. They have also done a great job of matching the good flavor and quality of famous Caspian caviar while keeping the rates affordable.

Osetra Caviar


Lives an average of sixty to eighty years and there are reports of fish living over the hundred years and the age of sturgeon is valuable due to fish ages, subtle changes occur in egg’s flavor and color. Osetra mature meaning that eggs are available for harvest somewhere it has in 12 to 15 is included. Over the sturgeon’s lifetime, Osetra caviar fades from black caviar to amber colored caviar. Throughout the cold war, the US frequently pushed caviar-like an alternative to the more famous and esteemed Russian varieties sought to replace