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Sardinian Bottarga

Sardinian Bottarga

Italian Bottarga - A Sardinian - Delicacy

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. With 1,149 miles of coastline, it is no wonder that many seafood dishes are part of traditional Sardinian cuisine. One such delicacy is bottarga.

Bottarga is the salted, pressed and dried roe (eggs) of the grey mullet. Grey mullet are found in waters globally. It is one of the staple fish harvests from all over the Mediterranean Sea. Variations of bottarga can be found in many Mediterranean nations, with variations on how it is served. Italian bottarga is often served as an appetizer with olive oil or lemon juice, accompanied by bread. It is also used in simple pasta dishes.

Big Flavor And Versatility

Shaved, sliced, chopped or grated, it only takes a small amount of bottarga to provide a world of flavor. This is an ingredient where just a little bit goes a long way to add a punch of flavor. The taste is distinctive: salty, a little briny, and of course it has a delicate fish taste. A popular way to use Sardinian grated bottarga is with pasta that has been tossed with olive oil and garlic. It is also delicious sprinkled over salads or steamed vegetables. Once you’ve tasted it, let your imagination run wild with new ways to add this flavor everyday food. Try just a pinch with scrambled eggs, or a light sprinkling over deviled eggs. Maybe a touch of bottarga would be good in risotto? Part of the joy of discovering a new ingredient, is discovering new ways to enjoy it!

Historical Preservation Methods

In Sardinia, the best time to harvest grey mullet is in late Summer to early Autumn, when the fish are full of roe. The egg sacks are painstakingly removed with the utmost care to avoid breaking them, then are salted, pressed, and dried.

Total drying time can vary from a few weeks to several months, depending on the desired taste and texture for the final product. The preparation of Italian bottarga has changed little over the years, and dates back to approximately ca.1500. In the days before modern refrigeration, this was an excellent method of preserving food.Tasting Sardinian grated bottarga is like tasting a part of Sardinian fishing history. 

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Bottarga di Muggine Grated, 100 g Pouch
From ancient Sardinian fishermen comes the Bottarga.  A fantastic caviar that goes with simple pastas, sprinkled in fish fillets or a great salad topping, this salty delicacy is a great addition to any chef's pantry.
Bottarga di Muggine Grated, 70 g Jar
This Mediterranean delicacy is salted, pressed, and dried.  A tradition that originates with Sardinian fishermen, can now compliment your kitchen.  The perfect caviar for salads, simple pastas, and even sprinkled on fish fillets.    
Whole Bottarga Caviar Large (avg 140g)
A Salted, pressed and dried gray mullet roe.  This whole Bottarga is a wonderful addition to many of your favorite meals.
Whole Bottarga Caviar Small (avg 85g)
A Salted, pressed and dried gray mullet roe.  This whole Bottarga is a wonderful addition to many of your favorite meals.

Cooking the Sardinian Way

It's important to us that people enjoy food, family, and long healthy lives.  The ingredients found on this site are expertly crafted from the finest that Sardinia, Italy has to offer.  Everything here is selected by Efisio Farris for it's color, flavor, texture, and a wide variety of other qualities including health benefits.  Our ingredients don't include junk fillers that degrade the ability of the food to contribute to your health.  


We hope that as you browse the site and read through the cookbook that you'll learn a new way of cooking delightful meals for your guests and family, and that you'll be inspired by Efisio's stories and the history presented here.

Experience Sardinian Cooking from the Masters

If you're looking to experience Sardinian cuisine from the master himself, Arcodoro in Houston, Texas is the place to go.  Treat yourself, treat your family, treat your friends or treat your colleagues.  Arcodoro offers an exclusive menu of great food that's reasonably priced.  Our Wine menu contains a wide variety of wines, including many that have emerged from Sardinia's rich traditions.  Visit today to make your reservation.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Gourmet Sardinia and our line of fine Italian ingredients.  Our staff are available to assist you at any time in order to help you decide what to buy and how to use these fine products.  We can also help you with wholesale and large market orders.

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