Pasta with sea urchin roe, lemon, and flat-leaf parsley


by: Bizzum Cook

Roe or hard roe is the fully ripe internal ovaries or egg masses of fish and certain marine animals, such as shrimp, scallop, crab and sea urchins. As a seafood, roe is used both as a cooked ingredient in many dishes and as a raw ingredient.


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serves: 4

1 lb (450 g) dried spaghetti

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic (minced)

1 small Very pinch of dried red pepper flakes

2 oz (50 g) fresh sea urchin roe

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Facts
Pasta with sea urchin roe, lemon, and flat-leaf parsley

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 564

  • Total Fat: 16.2 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 53 mg
  • Sodium: 55.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 85.7 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 12.1 g
  •     Sugars: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 18.4 g

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1.  Cook the spaghetti in boiling well-salted water (1 teaspoon of salt for every 2 1/2 cups/600 ml of water) for 8 minutes or until al dente.

2.  Just before you drain the pasta, put the olive oil, garlic, and pepper flakes into another large pan and set it over a medium heat. Cook gently for 1 minute without letting the garlic color.

3.  Wrap one hand in a towel and hold the sea urchin in it, with the mouth (the soft part in the center) facing uppermost. Push one blade of a pair of scissors into the mouth and cut around it to release a 2 to 3 inch (5 to 7.5 cm) disk of shell. Or, cut a 1-inch (2.5-cm) slice of the sea urchin with a large, serrated knife.

4.  Lift away the disk of shell and pour away any liquid from inside the urchin.

5.  Pull out all the black parts from inside the shell, leaving behind the small clusters of orange roe.

6.  Scoop out the individual clusters of roe with a teaspoon, keeping them as whole as possible.

7.  Drain the spaghetti and add to the garlic oil along with the sea urchin roe and parsley. Turn together over a low heat for 1 minute. You simply want the residual heat in the pasta to lightly cook the roe. Season with the lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a little pepper, and serve straight away.

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