Buyer's guide

You can buy caviar in tins or jars. The roe should be firm but soft and moist and never dry.

Other considerations: sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea are under extreme pressure, with breeding stocks of some species critically low. Consequently, environmentally-minded chefs and consumers have been exploring other types of fish roe as an alternative. ‘Avruga’ is a caviar substitute made from herring roe; lumpfish roe and salmon roe are other alternatives.


Keep caviar well chilled in the fridge and take it out just before you’re ready to serve.