Noob Cook Recipes



What's
New
Crispy Fried Egg Recipe Crispy Roasted Baby Potato Recipe Tomato Rice Recipe Luffa and Tomato Soup Recipe Luffa Taiwanese Salt and Pepper Oyster Recipe

Mentaiko Pasta

Mentaiko Pasta Recipe

Get this recipe on the next page >>

First posted in 2011, updated in Mar 2015.

Mentaiko is marinated pollock roe and a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Using it to make mentaiko pasta (明太子パスタ) is my favourite way to enjoy this ingredient. This Italian-Japanese pasta is usually quite expensive on the menu, but easily less than half the price and more than double the roe, to make at home.

See Also:
Mentaiko Pasta Sauce Recipe

Mentaiko pasta sauce – no cooking required!

As gourmet as this pasta may sound and look, it is actual the simplest pasta recipe out there! The sauce does not require stove-top cooking and took me 5 minutes. The only real cooking I did was to cook the pasta (spaghetti).

Mentaiko Pasta Sauce Recipe

5-minute mentaiko pasta sauce – Just whisk to combine, and they are good to use!

To make the 5-minute sauce, I basically melted butter in the microwave, then whisked in the other ingredients in a small bowl.

Karashi Mentaiko (辛子明太子)

There are two main types of spicy ‘karashi’ mentaiko (辛子明太子) you can find at the local Japanese supermarkets. The colourless type will result in a colourless pasta with visible bits of roe in it. On the other hand, the coloured type (featured in this recipe; pictured above), will result in a slight salmon pink pasta sauce.  Click here to read more information about mentaiko.

Leave a Comment





38 Responses to “Mentaiko Pasta”

  1. ju — April 21, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    Does mentaiko have a fishy taste? Is it already cooked or we eat it raw? Tks.

    Reply

    • wiffy replied: — April 22nd, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

      I will call it umami rather than fishy. On its own, I believe it’s raw and can also be eaten in the raw form.

      Reply

  2. dimshum — August 17, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

    made this today for dinner, with a few adjustments- it was very delicious! I will probably post it on my blog and link back to this website- hope thats okay! :)

    Reply

    • wiffy replied: — August 17th, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

      Sure, you can, thank you! You have a really nice blog :)

      Reply

  3. tigerfish — March 17, 2015 @ 7:30 am

    Never tried mentaiko before so everything is new and interesting to me :)

    Reply

    • wiffy replied: — March 20th, 2015 @ 10:23 am

      I think you will like it, since we have very similar taste buds :)

      Reply

  4. Ivy — June 11, 2015 @ 5:57 pm

    Hi its delicious! Great recipe. May I know if the sauce can be place in the fridge for next day? or how long can it be preserve?

    Reply

    • wiffy replied: — June 15th, 2015 @ 9:23 am

      I don’t think it will spoil the next day in fridge. But personally, since mentaiko is seafood, and this sauce is so easy to make, I prefer to make it on the day for freshness :)

      Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Why do some Wordpress recipe sites use two pages for their content? [on hold] | DL-UAT

  2. Pingback: Mentaiko Pasta | Simply Chinese Cuisine