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How to Cook Cod Roe

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author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
How to Cook Cod Roe
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Cod roe, often confused with caviar, is considered a delicacy in certain countries, such as Norway. Hard roe is the unfertilized eggs of the female cod, and soft roe is the sperm of a male cod. The food is less common in the United States, and that's too bad because it has a distinct and delicate flavor. Though cod roe is sometimes eaten raw, both types are most often boiled and then breaded and fried. Because frying the cod roe increases the fat and calorie content of the food, only prepare it once in a while and consume it in small amounts at a time.

Step 1

How to Cook Cod Roe
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Put the cod roe into a colander and rinse it well.

Step 2

How to Cook Cod Roe
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Transfer the cod roe to a saucepan and fill the pan with enough water to completely cover the roe. Sprinkle salt into the saucepan.

Step 3

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Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and let the water come to a boil.

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Step 4

How to Cook Cod Roe
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Boil the cod roe until it turns white, as recommended by Alicia Wilkinson, author of "The Complete South African Fish and Seafood Cookbook."

Step 5

How to Cook Cod Roe
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Remove the cod roe from the heat and drain it in a colander.

Step 6

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Slice each of the whole roe with a small paring knife

Step 7

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Heat a teaspoon or so of butter or cooking oil in a skillet.

Step 8

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Dredge the cod roe slices in beaten egg and then roll them in breadcrumbs.

Step 9

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Fry the coated cod roe slices until they are golden brown and crispy.

Step 10

How to Cook Cod Roe
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Remove the fried cod roe from the skillet using a slotted spoon. Transfer the pieces to a plate that's been lined with paper towels and let it drain for two or three minutes before serving it.

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