Tarako – also known as salted cod roe – spaghetti is a super easy, super fast Japanese recipe that you can use to get lunch or dinner on the table quickly.
Updated 19 Sept 2010
Originally posted 14 Dec 2006
Sometimes in our busy lives, there isn’t much time between getting home from work and then heading back out to an evening activity. We hate to eat on the run, or even worse stop in at some fast food joint to pick up something we’re going to regret later. Tarako spaghetti is a dish that is so quick to prepare, and is so tasty that it’s consumed in even less time than it took to make it!
Something Smells Fishy
Okay, so I know a lot of you must be thinking, “COD ROE?! You’re talking about putting FISH EGGS on top of pasta?! You’ve got to be kidding me! How can that be tasty?”
Trust me, I’ve been there. I said the exact same thing when Annie first made a plate of tarako spaghetti for herself one night. And then I took a bite of her dish. And then another. And then I wanted to eat the rest of her pasta. It was good! I was hooked.
I’ve enjoyed this dish many a time since then. Last night was one of those times.
Annie picked me up late from work, and we had less than an hour to get home, fix dinner and eat it before we had to go back out to our small group. As soon as we got home, I put a big pot of salted water to boil.
We had two different brands of tarako packages in our cupboard – the S&B brand (on the left) we bought during our recent trip to Singapore, while the Kewpie brand was purchased during our recent trip to Japan. Both packages contain two packets each of tarako sauce and shredded nori (seaweed).
Tarako Packages and Contents
Once the pasta noodles had been boiled and drained, I put four helpings into a large bowl and added a couple pats of butter. (Now, you really don’t need to add butter, but I like butter so I put it in.) Toss the noodles to melt the butter and evenly distribute it over all the noodles. Then I portioned the noodles out onto plates and drizzled the tarako sauce over the noodles.
I tossed the noodles to make sure all the pasta was coated with the sauce. The final step is to sprinkle the shredded seaweed on top of the plate. Then serve, and stand back as the noodles are quickly inhaled with a giant slurping sound!
To me, the flavor is almost like eating crab – salty like the sea, and buttery like, well, butter! I can’t get enough – it’s so delicious, I devour the whole plate in no time at all. And I’m left wanting more, eying the kids’ bowls to see if they’re going to finish their share (they inevitably will).
What do you think, would you eat salted, spicy fish eggs on pasta? Leave us a comment!
FoodBuzz Project Food Blog Challenge #1:
Ready, Set, Blog!
FoodBuzz is holding a food blogger competition called “Project Food Blog” which pits FoodBuzz Featured Publishers against each other in a series of challenges, culminating in one lucky blogger winning $10,000. We’ve looked over the challenges, and we think we have what it takes to win. Even if we don’t win, though, we think these challenges will stretch us and make our blog even better than it is now.
The first challenge is to talk about ourselves. Which isn’t as easy as it sounds, because I don’t like to talk about myself on this blog a whole lot, usually preferring to let the pictures and recipes do the talking.
Who Are House of Annie?
Our About page tells you that the House of Annie blog started in October of 2006. However, our desire to share our food passions with others goes much farther back than 2006. Actually, Annie and I have been interested in food and cooking since we started dating back in 1997, when we used to cook together at her dorm. Old friends like Fosco, Koko, and Serene may know that I’ve been posting pictures of the foods we were eating since as early as 2003, on the alt.binaries.food Usenet newsgroup. Annie herself was participating in a few online cooking bulletin boards back then as well.
We started the blog to chronicle the dishes Annie was cooking, as well as the places we were eating out at. Originally, we hardly put up any recipes at all – just general descriptions of how a dish came together. Along the way, we started to put up actual recipes, so that we had something online to refer back to in case we misplaced the original recipe.
As the quality and quantity of other food blogs grew, we got inspired – to write better, to take better pictures, and to grow our audience. To work harder and to take the blog to the next level. The House of Annie was no longer just for us.
The House of Annie is for YOU our dear readers.
The House of Annie is also 4 U: four “U” words which describe who we are:
- Unique – our background as Asian (Annie) and Hawaiian (Nate) gives us an intimate familiarity with all the ingredients and dishes of the East and the Pacific Islands, while our time in California gave us access to the best of the West. (Today’s tarako spaghetti recipe is an example of the kind of East-West dishes we enjoy eating)
- Useful – we want to help our readers to cook our recipes and experience the same joy that we have when making and eating our dishes. To that end, we give detailed instructions and cooking tips, along with step-by-step pictures and even video showing how it was done. (Example: today’s tarako spaghetti recipe shows you what the packaging looks like, and how to build the dish.)
- Unpretentious – We’ll tell you when something didn’t come out quite right, or when some restaurant had a disappointing dish. We’ll talk about our shortcomings and mistakes, so we can all learn to do better.
- Uplifting – . We try to remain positive in our posts, which is why we always sign off with
Cheers and Aloha, Annie and Nate
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