In a perfect world, taramasalata is made with the salted roe of grey mullet during an idle moment under atomic Greek sunshine. Failing these ingredients, cod's roe is the universal substitute.


  • 225g / 8 oz smoked cod's roe
  • 4-5 slices of white bread
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 550ml / 1 pint olive oil
  • Juice of 3 lemons


  1. Defrost roe, cut in half and remove skin (or scrape roe off skin with a knife).
  2. Soak the roe in water for 30 minutes then drain.
  3. Remove crusts from bread then add a little water and fork into a paste.
  4. Put bread in blender and add garlic. Blend.
  5. Add a quarter of the oil and a quarter of the roe. Blend a little more.
  6. If mixture looks too dry, add a small amount of water.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6.
  8. Season to taste with lemon juice.
  9. Chill.
  10. Serve with olives and thin toast. 
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