Definition of bottarga in English:



  • The dried, pressed roe of the mullet, which is sold in blocks and shaved over Italian dishes.

    • ‘And a seafood triumvirate of bluefin tuna, prawn in parsley purée, and scallop carpaccio with bottarga is too stingily portioned to fully enjoy.’
    • ‘Gill's pan-fried sea bass with tabbouleh, preserved lemon, bottarga and lemon oil was less successful, with the flavours clashing a little too violently.’
    • ‘Try shaved raw artichoke with bottarga, linguine al granchio and salt-baked sea bass or the home-made salsiccia.’
    • ‘Arrange the tortelli on top of the sauce and garnish with the grated bottarga and micro arugula.’
    • ‘The antipasto Sardo was a measly portion of charcuterie on curasao shamed by the piles of cheese and meat and bottarga and preserved vegetables at my own local Sardinian in Kentish Town, Pane Vino.’


Italian, from Arabic butarkhah.