How to Serve Caviar like a True Appreciator
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How to Serve Caviar like a True Appreciator

Alycia Gordan
about 2 years ago

Caviar is one of the most well-known and exquisite delicacies, which can be tasted at gala receptions or official banquets, as well as at home. However, there are some rules for serving and consuming this superb dish. The majority of people are not only unaware of caviar's gastronomic etiquette, but also of its existence. But don't worry, we'll tell you all about caviar traditions and etiquette.

Choosing a Proper Caviar

Everything here is simple ─ you need to orientate yourself to the manufacturer. An essential component of proper caviar is its quality, which depends directly on the conditions the fish were grown in. Good water, a balanced feed, and good fish care, selection of the best raw caviar, and strict control at all stages of production – this is the only way to obtain a real delicacy.

Here is some useful advice for choosing proper caviar:

  • 1. You can find caviar in weighted, tin, or glass jars. It is better to give preference to the latter. The lid of the pot should be flat, not bloated and not kicked by pressure.
  • 2. The label must have complete information about the manufacturer, must indicate the type of fish (chum salmon, pink salmon, sockeye) and the class of caviar. The best here is, of course, the first class. This means that the eggs are perfectly matched in size.
  • 3. If you shake the jar, nothing should splash inside. The caviar must fill the jar completely.
  • 4. Pay attention to the date. Fishers start to catch salmon in July and do so until the end of September. If other months are indicated, the caviar has been repackaged.
  • 5. The optimal composition of ingredients should be caviar, salt, and one or two preservatives.

One of the most honest and quality caviar producers is Fish and Caviar. Here you will find the rare Black Siberian Caviar and other delicious types of fish delicacies at an attractive price.

Serving this Delicacy the Right Way

There are two traditions of caviar serving – Russian and European. In Europe, caviar is served in special tableware – a large bowl filled with ice and a small glass or crystal vase with caviar in the middle. Despite the ice, the caviar should warm up a little at room temperature – only then it will reveal its authentic taste to you.

In Russia, caviar is laid out in glass, porcelain or silver containers a few minutes before it is served with no ice added. Historically, black caviar has always been fresh in Russia, while in Europe it has gone through a long transportation process. In the process of transportation, caviar lost its freshness and arrived on the tables of Europeans with different flavors, which had to be disguised by ice and lemon, to fight off the fish smell.

Great additions to red caviar can be:

● black or white bread, crispy toast, baguettes, biscuits

● salted pastries (tartlets, crisps, cookies, profiteroles)

● pancakes (traditional Russian treat)

● Foie Gras (traditional French treat)

● butter (a small amount is enough)

● сreams (with greens, cheese, olives, sour cream, salted canned fish, etc.)

● cottage cheese

● boiled eggs (chicken and quail)

● olives, avocados, fresh and pickled cucumbers

● salted or smoked redfish

● baked small potatoes and potato chips

● boiled rice

You can decorate caviar with fresh herbs such as parsley or dill, or squeeze a small amount of lemon juice on it. Try these supplements to improve your perception.

Eating a Caviar Right

Real gourmets eat caviar with special spoons - not with usual tablespoons, but with small ones, made from silver, pearlescent or bone. There is a reason for this – if you try to eat black caviar with other materials, an unpleasant metallic flavor will ruin the delicacy.

Caviar is traditionally consumed in small quantities. This delicacy should be served in an amount less than a tablespoon. This will make it easier for you to taste its aroma and structure, especially if you are trying caviar for the first time.

Storing the Product

If the dinner is finished, but you still have some caviar left, you have to store it correctly– otherwise, this expensive product will be spoiled. When choosing the right container to store caviar, keep in mind these criteria:

1. The material. Choose a suitable food container, glass jars, or dense polyethylene bags for food storage (preferably special ones for freezing). Under no circumstances, should you store caviar in metal containers without special coating. The product may react with the metal, which will lead to its oxidation.

2. Size. It is recommended to store the delicacy in small containers - one portion at a time to eat it immediately. First, it is convenient. Second, this is how you block the access of oxygen to the eggs.

3. Tightness. To keep caviar fresh longer, it is necessary to limit air access to it as much as possible. By doing so, you isolate this perishable product from bacteria and fungi.


Now that you have all the information you need, you can pamper yourself with a jar of fresh, tasty red or black caviar. Choose only high-quality products that will make your table rich and exquisite and enjoy! 

About the Author

Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia