How to serve caviar?

Eating caviar in a polite company requires certain gastronomic manners, as well as serving this delicacy for polite company needs specific knowledge of caviar and different details about its presentation. Let us find out all the necessary information so that to be able to use it at any given time.

Fine caviar should be served alone, very cold (26-35F) and preferably in a non-metallic bowl nested inside a larger bowl filled with crushed ice. It is usually not recommended to transfer the eggs from the tin to a serving dish because they may break unless extensive care is taken while doing so. Silver and metal bowls and utensils should be avoided due to oxidation, which may impart a metallic taste to the caviar. The best choices are servers and utensils made of glass, bone, or to be truly traditional, mother-of-pearl or gold.

Although caviar is best served by itself, common accompaniments include crème-Fraiche lemon wedges, hard-cooked eggs (yolks and whites chopped separately), mini potatoes, minced onions, blinis (Russian mini crepes), toast points lightly coated with unsalted butter. Higher quality caviars are best eaten alone or simply with toast, blinis or unsalted crackers.

When using different types of caviar, they should be served in the order of intensity of the taste, beginning with a milder-flavor, such as White Sturgeon and moving onto those that are more intense, such as Sevruga.

Serving Size. Allow at least 1⁄2 to 1 ounce per person.

Storage. Caviar should be kept at 26-35 F. It will last for up to 6 weeks (sturgeon only) in the refrigerator when the container is unopened.

Air is caviar’s largest enemy. Ideally, it is best to purchase caviar in smaller containers, in increments that will be consumed in a single setting. But if you have purchased more than you are serving, the remaining should be softly spread flat, taking care not to break any of the eggs and then covered with plastic wrap pressing down ever so gently on the top so no air space remains between the eggs and the cover. The remaining caviar should be consumed within the next 2-3 days. Read more about caviar and caviar serving here

— March 17, 2020