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A spread for bread and vegetables made with mentaiko (spicy cod roe) and mascarpone cheese.

Mentaiko Bread Spread

Made with mentaiko, or spicy cod roe, this delicious bread spread is perfect with crackers or crusty bread as an appetizer, but it can also be slathered onto sandwich bread before toasting to make for a savory snack.
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine Japanese-Western
Keyword canape, dip, party food, potluck, spread
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Dairy, Fish
Diet Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Pescatarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 203kcal


  • 250 grams mascarpone
  • 180 grams mentaiko
  • 4 grams garlic (1 small clove grated)
  • ½ lemon  (juice and zest)
  • Chervil (for garnish)


  • Put the mascarpone in a bowl and then grate in the garlic and the zest from about 1/4 of the lemon.
    Zesting lemon into mascarpone
  • Squeeze the lemon juice in the mixture.
    Squeezing lemon juice into bowl of Mentaiko Sauce.
  • Use your fingers and chopsticks to press the mentaiko from the skeins and into the bowl.
    Removing mentaiko (spicy cod roe) from skein.
  • Stir the mentaiko spread together until uniform in color and adjust the amount of lemon juice to taste.
    Mixing mentaiko bread spread in a glass bowl.
  • Garnish with chervil and serve with bread and vegetables.
    Spreading mentaiko spread onto crusty French bread.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg