What the heck is Bottarga?! That was my initial reaction when I first heard about this little-known superfood. “Bo-to-what?!” A strange little square shaped bit of food that looks a bit like beef jerky… except orange. I’ll admit, I was bit skeptical, but definitely intrigued.
Now, the first thing to know about Bottarga is, you don’t want to overdo it. It is definitely meant to be used sparingly. When it is, I’m yet to find a meal that it doesn’t add a boatload of flavor to. The smallest bit of this stuff packs a serious punch! At this point, I’ve added bottarga to just about any dish you can think of. Eggs, ground beef, salmon, chicken, and even avocado. It is yet to fail me. I’m officially a believer!
I’ll say this again, use it sparingly. I used a cheese grater to shave down my bottarga to tiny little sprinkles. It has a bit of a fishy taste to it so I started adding just a few pinches of it to my foods after they were cooked and plated. I thought it would be an acquired taste, but I found it to be a bit addicting rather quickly. Before I knew it I was using the stuff like parmesan cheese in an Italian restaurant. No matter what I put it on it just “worked.” My new favorite snack is half an avocado sprinkled with Bottarga. I just eat it with a spoon. It’s absolutely delicious!
Ok, enough of my drooling over Bottarga. Aside from the taste, there’s a lot more you should know about Bottarga. Namely, it’s incredible health benefits. “Nutrient Density” has become a popular term in the Paleo community. If that’s what you’re after, look no further than Bottarga. Healthy fats, tons of protein and an impressive profile of essential vitamins.
Bottarga is about 57% protein! In fact, you can find 6 grams of protein in just a single ounce. It’s also a great way to add Omega 3 fatty acids to the diet. Bottarga holds a high concentration of DHA and EPA, both of which are essential fatty acids. I always recommend at least 1,000 milligrams of Omega 3’s each day for my clients. Grated Bottarga is an easy way to sneak in a little extra with each meal. It’s also a great source of fat soluble vitamins. Most notably, Vitamins A, E, and K. All vital to optimal health and human performance.
I’ll say it again, this stuff packs a serious punch! There are only a few foods out there that I will use the cliche word “superfood” to describe (such as my precious avocados!) but I am adding Bottarga to that list with confidence. I highly recommend you check this stuff out and give it a chance. Even if you’re not a big fish fan, I really think you’ll be surprised how quickly you acquire a taste for this stuff. As for me, I’ll be over here drowning avocados in Bottarga and loving life!