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Greek Tarama Dip (Taramosalata)

Here's how you can make both versions of Greek Tarama Dip (Pink + White). Made with fish roe and either stale bread or potatoes as a base.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Fish, Paleo, potatoes
Servings: 2 large bowls
Calories: 2322kcal


For Making The Pink Tarama:

  • 3 medium-sized potatoes (about 450 grams) (such as Yukon gold or red bliss)
  • ½ large red onion (about 200 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons pink Tarama fish roe (90 grams)
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced

For Making The White Tarama:

  • 400 grams / 14 oz stale bread, crust removed
  • 160 grams / 5.6 oz white Tarama fish roe
  • 150 grams / 5.3 oz white onion
  • 170 ml olive oil
  • 100 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice


To Make The Pink Tarama:

  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Add them to a cooking pot and cover them with water. Season with a bit of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer the potatoes until completely soft and tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon transfer the potatoes to your electric mixer's bowl. With the whisk attachment on, mash the potatoes, adding some of the water they've boiled in. Once you have really light and very soft mashed potatoes turn your mixer off and let the potatoes cool down to room temperature.
    NOTE: The mashed potatoes need to be really soft and moist, not dense. Because the dip is going to get refrigerated, therefore the potatoes will thicken even more when cooled.
  • Then add the pink Tarama into a blender or food processor along with the lemon juice, and the red onion peeled and cut into smaller pieces. Blend until smooth paste forms.
  • Add this paste to the mashed potatoes. And using your electric mixer with the whisk on start mixing over medium speed, to incorporate the blended Tarama paste. (you may do this in a food processor if you own a large one that can fit the mashed potatoes)
    Then slowly pour in the olive oil while beating, until you have incorporated it all into the dip. Place the Tarama Dip in a food container or bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  • NOTE: You can make this dip using a potato masher instead of the electric mixer. But the dip won't be as smooth and creamy.

To Make The White Tarama:

  • Place the stale bread in a bowl and pour enough water to cover the bread. Let the bread soak for about 1 hour. Then remove the bread from the bowl and squeeze it really well with your hands to remove all the water. Place it in a bowl and set it aside.
  • Peel the onion and cut it into smaller pieces. Place inside a blender or food processor along with the lemon juice and white Tarama. Blend until smooth paste forms. Then incorporate the bread in bits at a time and keep blending until nice and smooth.
  • Add the olive oil in slowly, while keep blending until it all gets incorporated into the dip. Then place the Tarama Dip in a bowl or food container and refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.


Serving: 1large bowl | Calories: 2322kcal | Carbohydrates: 177g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 161g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 612mg | Sodium: 2626mg | Potassium: 2174mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 119mg | Calcium: 642mg | Iron: 23mg