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An oval cast iron dish with the fried fish roe topped with cilantro-lime gremolata, charred corn, and fresh tomatoes and tomatillos.

Mexican-Style Fish Roe Recipe

Tamara Andersen
Fish roe (eggs) dipped in buttermilk and coated with cornmeal get fried and topped with a fresh cilantro-lime gremolata... Just 30 minutes start to finish!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 378 kcal


Cilantro-Lime Gremolata

  • ½ cup cilantro leaves packed; stems removed
  • 1 red jalapeño stems and seeds removed; cut in chunks
  • 1 large clove garlic cut in 3 or 4 pieces
  • 1 lime zested
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt see Ingredients in post

Breaded and Fried Fish Eggs

  • 24 ounces fish egg portions
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil plus or minus to shallow fry


  • Add gremolata ingredients to the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse until minced.
  • Combine cornmeal breading ingredients in a bowl. After dipping the fish roe in the buttermilk on both sides, press it into the cornmeal mixture to generously coat on both sides.
  • Add about ¼ cup (¼" depth) to a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Gently place the fish roe in the skillet. Fry until browned and crispy before gently turning (about 5-6 minutes per side).
  • To serve - Top the fried fish egg portions with the cilantro-lime gremolata. Enjoy!


The macronutrients are difficult at best to calculate as MyFitnessPal.com only has a "generic fish roe" that can be many things. I think this is close. The fish eggs do not absorb all of the oil, nor do they use all of the cornmeal, and I took that into account.


Calories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 40gFat: 18g
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