Impress your guests with this stunning Kamaboko Fish Cake with Salmon Roe recipe! Putting these beautiful bites together is so much easier than it looks. Enjoy these appetizers as part of your Osechi Ryori spread for Japanese New Year or as an hors d’oeuvre at your next party.
Whether you need just one more dish for your lacquered jubako (square bento box) to complete Osechi Ryori (Japanese New Year’s Food) or want a quick hors d’oeuvre before serving the main dish, this Kamaboko Fish Cake with Salmon Roe will definitely surprise your guests with its pretty appearance.
Fragrant shiso leaves and salty salmon roe sandwiched in between the mild-flavored fish cake, the combination is delicate and flavorful.
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Despite its deceptively fancy presentation, the recipe is very simple and easy to make. You simply make a small slit in Kamaboko, stuff shiso leaf in, and top with salmon roe.
The orange jewel-like salmon roe gives contrast to the green shiso leaf, while the pink and white kamaboko creates a nice soft background against the shiso and salmon roe. They are totally festive with an unexpected, sophisticated touch.
Kamaboko with Salmon Roe
Before You Start…
- This recipe is best made the day you plan to serve, and up to one day prior. For more helpful tips on planning your Japanese New Year feast, please read my A 5-Day Osechi Cooking Timeline blog post.
- Gather all the ingredients. If you purchased your kamaboko (fish cake) frozen, be sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before starting this recipe.
- Trim off both ends of the kamaboko (optional). With the kamaboko still attached to the wooden base, cut one slice of kamaboko about ½ inch (1.3 cm) thick. Before you cut the next slice, make a slit down the center of the first slice about ¼ inch from either side. Do not cut all the way to the bottom. Next, continue to cut the rest of the kamaboko, alternating between cutting the slices and the slits.
- Run a knife along the bottom of the kamaboko to separate it from the wooden base. Discard the wooden board.
- Cut off the stem of the shiso leaves. Then, stuff a shiso leaf into the slit of each kamaboko slice.
- Top with the salmon roe, tucking it inside the shiso leaf in the slit.
- Place the Kamaboko with Salmon Roe on a serving platter. Wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving. Serve chilled.
- Seal any leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and store for up to 1 day in the refrigerator.