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I opened a container of sardines and found loads of little round balls in what appears to be its belly. picture of the sardine

What are these things? Are they eggs the sardine was going to lay (or whatever it's called for a fish) or something it ate? Are they good to eat, or should I throw it out?

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Yes, that is sardine roe. In Portugal it is considered a delicacy on a par with caviar.

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I’ve had a few cans with roe in it...I thought it was rotten until I thought about it and knew it was eggs. I don’t like the consistency on my tongue - and spit it out! Next time I’ll cut it open to double check!

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I found roe in mine for the first time today and was a little off put until I realized within seconds what it was. I did a search to confirm, YEP! It's roe. Just finished eating every last bite of it. I'm not easily grossed out.

  • Try it on toast with some butter... – J Crosby Jul 17 at 21:55

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