What Does Caviar Taste Like?

Do you remember the first time you tried caviar? What's that? You've never tried caviar?! Well, no reason to worry, because you're certainly not alone. Caviar isn't exactly a common item on most restaurant menus — in other words, don't expect to see a caviar quesadilla at your local Chili's anytime soon. 

Caviar just doesn't have the same sort popularity as say, Nutella, and there are likely a few reasons for that. For starters, it's pretty pricey. According to Guinness World Records, caviar is the most expensive food on the planet, and "Almas," a caviar that comes from Iranian Beluga fish, can cost as much as $34,500 per kilo. That's a lot of dough to spend on something to eat with a cracker. 

There's also the issue of caviar itself because some folks are a bit skeptical about eating fish eggs. Should you have some caviar coming your way, here's what you can expect. 

Caviar has a unique taste that some people love

First off, let's address what caviar is. According to caviar merchant Marky's, caviar is "processed, salted, non-fertilized sturgeon roe," though it can also come from other fish such as salmon or trout. Oh, and "roe" is simply fancy speak for fish eggs.

As far as the taste of caviar, it's certainly somewhat salty and "briny" in taste according to some caviar taste-testers (via YouTube). Cheaper caviar is also much more likely to have a fishy taste than the higher-end stuff, which should have more of an ocean undertone taste that's not too overpowering. One aspect that is going to stand out, whether you're dining on cheap caviar or the primo stuff of Russian royalty, is the texture. The texture of the roe feels like little beads in your mouth that pop as you chew (via Sasanian Caviar). 

One thing that people seem to agree on is that it's not for everybody and can be an acquired taste. While one person on Reddit thought it tasted like "salty bubbles," others raved about it. "I grew up eating caviar (both black and red). I think it is absolutely amazing especially slathered on a piece of black bread and butter," said one fan.

Taste, of course, is subjective, so perhaps the best thing is to try it for yourself and see how it scores with your palate.