How to Make Taramasalata

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Cook Healthy and QuickThe commercial version of this creamy fish dip—a familiar sight in many Mediterranean refrigerators—is a pale shadow of the real thing. In Greece, the basis is tarama—the salted, pressed roe of the sole.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes


  • 4 slices of dry country bread (not sliced white)
  • 3½ oz (100 g) tarama paste or salted cod roe, skinned
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¾ cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 lemon juice
  • salt
How to Make It
  1. Roughly chop the bread and process or liquidize into crumbs. Alternatively, if the bread is very hard and stale, soak it in water and squeeze dry. Reserve.
  2. Process the roe with 2 tablespoons of the reserved bread crumbs. Add the garlic, purée to blend, and trickle in the oil, alternating with bread crumbs and the lemon juice diluted with its own volume of water, until the mixture is light and fluffy—it should not become grainy. Taste and add more lemon juice and salt, if needed.
  3. Serve swirled onto a shallow plate, topped with a single black olive and maybe an extra drizzle of oil, with pita bread or raw vegetables and Romaine lettuce leaves for scooping.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Nutritional Value Per Serving
456 kcal
Calories from Fat:
342 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
38 g
Saturated Fat
5 g
Trans Fat
0.0 g
1 mg
19 g
Dietary Fiber
1.3 g
1 g
* Above mentioned %DVs (Percent Daily Values) are based on 2,000 calorie food intake.

DVs (Daily values) may be vary depending upon individuals daily calorie needs. Above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide for approximation. They are not recommendations. Calculations are based on average weight of 194 lbs. and ages of 19 to 50 years.

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