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Ikura Keta Salmon Caviar (Roe)

Ikura Keta Salmon Caviar (Roe)

2.2 lb. tray with dividers
Product #FSE101

Vital Choice ikura comes from wild Northwest Pacific keta salmon and is produced by trained, or under supervision of, Japanese experts, using a custom 2.5% brine for milder flavor and lower salt content.

Our 2.2 lb (35 oz / 1 kg) ikura trays are perfect for gatherings and elegant entertaining. Each tray is divided into four 8.8 oz sections.

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Features

  • 2.2-lb. plastic tray*
  • Excellent "first food" for infants
  • Richest food source of omega-3s
  • Richest food source of phospholipid-form omega-3s
  • Sustainably harvested
  • Product of USA (Alaska)
  • Ships frozen

*Each tray is divided into four sections, to allow removal of only a quarter of your ikura (8.8 oz) at a time, as desired.


Delicate salmon roe — called "ikura” in Japan — is highly prized by caviar lovers around the world.

Native Alaskans report that salmon roe is an excellent first semi-solid food for infants, introduced at about eight months.

Click to see kids sampling and savoring our ikura at the 2011 Wise Traditions conference.

Not only does it provide ample omega-3s for the rapidly growing brain and neural system, salmon roe also helps establish a life-long taste for seafood and its many potential health benefits.

Keta roe boasts remarkably high levels of omega-3s (EPA and DHA), averaging 1,800 mg per 1 oz serving (USDA data).

This is only a bit less omega-3 fat than occurs in a 3.5 oz serving of king salmon, and significantly more than in a 3.5 oz serving of sockeye or silver salmon.

Ikura: A superior source of highly absorbed omega-3s
Research from Canada's University of Guelph* showed that keta salmon caviar (ikura) is "an exceptionally abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids [and a] richer source of EPA- and DHA-containing PLs [phospholipids] than commercially available krill oil supplements.”

As the study's authors noted, "Results from some clinical trials have reported an enhanced bioavailability of krill oil over that of conventional fish oils, which has been speculated to be an effect of krill’s unique enrichment of EPA-and DHA- in the phospholipid form. Often dismissed as extravagant delicacy caviar represents a rich source of both omega-3 fatty acids and dietary phospholipids.”

And while krill oil is unusually rich in in phospholipid-form omega-3s — compared with other fish and marine oils — salmon roe is an even richer source.

In fact, the Canadian study* found that the amounts of EPA and DHA-containing phospholipids in one serving of salmon caviar were almost eight times greater than the amount in one capsule of krill oil: 1097±34 mg vs. 138±8 mg. (Lacombe RJS et al. 2014).

On a practical basis, the Canadian study found that the amounts of phospholipid-form EPA and DHA in one serving of salmon caviar were almost eight times greater than the amount in one capsule of krill oil: an average of 1097mg vs. an average of 138mg.

Further, according to biomedical scientist Rhonda Patrick Ph.D., phospholipid-form omega-3 DHA is exceptionally well absorbed by the fetal brain.

She also notes that 40% to 70% of the omega-3 DHA in salmon roe occurs in the phospholipid-form, versus only 1% of the DHA in salmon flesh.

 

Phospholipids vs. other omega-3 forms: Sources

  • Burri L et al. Marine omega-3 phospholipids: metabolism and biological activities. Int J Mol Sci. 2012 Nov 21;13(11):15401-19. doi: 10.3390/ijms131115401.
  • Lacombe RJS, Tran S, Piekarski J, Holub BJ. The direct comparison of the omega-3 phospholipid content in krill oil supplements and salmon caviar. University of Guelph. 2014.
  • Murru E, Banni S, Carta G. Nutritional properties of dietary omega-3-enriched phospholipids. Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:965417. doi: 10.1155/2013/965417. Epub 2013 Jul 31. Review.
  • Ramprasath VR, Eyal I, Zchut S, Jones PJ. Enhanced increase of omega-3 index in 
    healthy individuals with response to 4-week n-3 fatty acid supplementation from krill oil versus fish oil. Lipids Health Dis. 2013 Dec 5;12:178. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-12-178.
  • Rossmeisl M et al. Metabolic effects of n-3 PUFA as phospholipids are superior to triglycerides in mice fed a high-fat diet: possible role of endocannabinoids. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38834. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038834. Epub 2012 Jun 11.
  • Schuchardt JP et al. Incorporation of EPA and DHA into plasma phospholipids in response to different omega-3 fatty acid formulations--a comparative bioavailability study of fish oil vs. krill oil. Lipids Health Dis. 2011 Aug 22;10:145. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-10-145.

Learn this food's omega 3/6 balance, and why it matters.

Average Ratings: 5

"Yum!" Francesca on 10/08/2021 06:06 Review: This is my first purchase of this ikura keta salmon roe. It is delicious and much better than taking an omega vitamin. I love adding it to avocado toast, and celery with goat cheese. It is also good in salads. I am still exploring all the ways I can use it. Love this product.
"Not as good as prior buys" April Stewart on 09/17/2021 06:36 Review: I have enjoyed this item in the past and was surprised that my order; in two of the divided sections- were really dried out and hardened. The plastic seal wasn’t fully attached on one end and I guess that was the culprit. Hello April, We are sorry you received a caviar tray with a broken seal. I do see our Customer Service Team has taken care of you recently with this order. Again we thank you for your feedback and are so sorry for the disappointment. Sincerely, The Vital Choice Team
"2.2 lb bulk - not great" nothappy on 09/02/2021 10:28 Review: I found this portioning and container to be unworkable. Just a brick of unmovable eggs frozen solid. Eggs are smaller and saltier than the 2 oz jar eggs and crush easily when trying remove. Various sections at different thaw temperatures while I put back and forth between freezer and fridge. Also, there is no photo on your website of the 17 oz package - so I can try to see if its the same problem. Hello Anne, We are sorry to hear you were not happy with the Sockeye Ikura and packaging. Our Customer Service Representative would like to reach out to you shortly to discuss your order. The Vital Choice Team
Ingredients: Wild Keta (chum) salmon roe (eggs), water, salt.
Nutrition Facts

about 35 servings per per container
Serving Size
1 (28g)

Amount/serving% DV

Total Fat 4g 5%

Saturated Fat 1g 5%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 50mg 17%

Sodium 310mg 13%

Amount/serving% DV

Carbohydrate 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber 0g 0%

Total Sugars 0g

Incl. 0g Added Sugars 0%

Protein 9g 18%

Calories per serving
70
Vitamin D 30% Calcium 2% Iron 2% Potassium 2%
 
Contains 1450mg omega-3 fatty acids per 28g serving. 580mg EPA •; 680mg DHA

Serve Ikura with crackers, bread, and/or and celery stalks, or over fresh steamed rice or soba noodles.

Storage

Keep frozen at or below 0° F (-18° C) and use within six months. Ikura stored in frost-free freezers should be used within 3 months.

Thawing instructions

Thawing should take place slowly in order to preserve quality. Thaw in unopened tub, under refrigeration at or below 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). Once thawed, serve immediately.

Serving Tips

Serve Ikura with crackers, bread, and/or and celery stalks, or over fresh steamed rice or soba noodles.

Frozen foods are packed with dry ice
and ship Monday through Wednesday (except holidays).

Frozen foods ship via 2nd Day Air service or 1-3 Day Express Ground service, depending on shipping date and destination.

Free shipping
on orders over $99


Standard Shipping Fees
  • Up to $49.99 = $6.95 shipping
  • $50 - $98.99 = $12.95 shipping
  • $99 and over = FREE shipping
Overnight shipping and other premium services cost extra; for more information, see our Shipping page. (Live shellfish ship overnight at no extra cost.)
  • We cannot ship perishable goods to PO boxes.
  • Free standard shipping applies to all orders of $99 or more sent to any U.S. street address.
  • Perishable shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are subject to surcharges; please see our Shipping page.
When will my frozen foods arrive?
  • Orders placed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or before 10 AM Tuesday will ship on Tuesday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
  • Orders placed between 10 AM Tuesday and 10 AM Wednesday will ship on Wednesday* to arrive 1-2 days later.
  • Orders placed after 10 AM on Wednesday through 12:00 midnight Friday will ship on Monday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
*Except when a holiday falls on the designated shipping day.

For more information, see our Shipping page.

Features

  • 2.2-lb. plastic tray*
  • Excellent "first food" for infants
  • Richest food source of omega-3s
  • Richest food source of phospholipid-form omega-3s
  • Sustainably harvested
  • Product of USA (Alaska)
  • Ships frozen

*Each tray is divided into four sections, to allow removal of only a quarter of your ikura (8.8 oz) at a time, as desired.


Delicate salmon roe — called "ikura” in Japan — is highly prized by caviar lovers around the world.

Native Alaskans report that salmon roe is an excellent first semi-solid food for infants, introduced at about eight months.

Click to see kids sampling and savoring our ikura at the 2011 Wise Traditions conference.

Not only does it provide ample omega-3s for the rapidly growing brain and neural system, salmon roe also helps establish a life-long taste for seafood and its many potential health benefits.

Keta roe boasts remarkably high levels of omega-3s (EPA and DHA), averaging 1,800 mg per 1 oz serving (USDA data).

This is only a bit less omega-3 fat than occurs in a 3.5 oz serving of king salmon, and significantly more than in a 3.5 oz serving of sockeye or silver salmon.

Ikura: A superior source of highly absorbed omega-3s
Research from Canada's University of Guelph* showed that keta salmon caviar (ikura) is "an exceptionally abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids [and a] richer source of EPA- and DHA-containing PLs [phospholipids] than commercially available krill oil supplements.”

As the study's authors noted, "Results from some clinical trials have reported an enhanced bioavailability of krill oil over that of conventional fish oils, which has been speculated to be an effect of krill’s unique enrichment of EPA-and DHA- in the phospholipid form. Often dismissed as extravagant delicacy caviar represents a rich source of both omega-3 fatty acids and dietary phospholipids.”

And while krill oil is unusually rich in in phospholipid-form omega-3s — compared with other fish and marine oils — salmon roe is an even richer source.

In fact, the Canadian study* found that the amounts of EPA and DHA-containing phospholipids in one serving of salmon caviar were almost eight times greater than the amount in one capsule of krill oil: 1097±34 mg vs. 138±8 mg. (Lacombe RJS et al. 2014).

On a practical basis, the Canadian study found that the amounts of phospholipid-form EPA and DHA in one serving of salmon caviar were almost eight times greater than the amount in one capsule of krill oil: an average of 1097mg vs. an average of 138mg.

Further, according to biomedical scientist Rhonda Patrick Ph.D., phospholipid-form omega-3 DHA is exceptionally well absorbed by the fetal brain.

She also notes that 40% to 70% of the omega-3 DHA in salmon roe occurs in the phospholipid-form, versus only 1% of the DHA in salmon flesh.

 

Phospholipids vs. other omega-3 forms: Sources

  • Burri L et al. Marine omega-3 phospholipids: metabolism and biological activities. Int J Mol Sci. 2012 Nov 21;13(11):15401-19. doi: 10.3390/ijms131115401.
  • Lacombe RJS, Tran S, Piekarski J, Holub BJ. The direct comparison of the omega-3 phospholipid content in krill oil supplements and salmon caviar. University of Guelph. 2014.
  • Murru E, Banni S, Carta G. Nutritional properties of dietary omega-3-enriched phospholipids. Biomed Res Int. 2013;2013:965417. doi: 10.1155/2013/965417. Epub 2013 Jul 31. Review.
  • Ramprasath VR, Eyal I, Zchut S, Jones PJ. Enhanced increase of omega-3 index in 
    healthy individuals with response to 4-week n-3 fatty acid supplementation from krill oil versus fish oil. Lipids Health Dis. 2013 Dec 5;12:178. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-12-178.
  • Rossmeisl M et al. Metabolic effects of n-3 PUFA as phospholipids are superior to triglycerides in mice fed a high-fat diet: possible role of endocannabinoids. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38834. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038834. Epub 2012 Jun 11.
  • Schuchardt JP et al. Incorporation of EPA and DHA into plasma phospholipids in response to different omega-3 fatty acid formulations--a comparative bioavailability study of fish oil vs. krill oil. Lipids Health Dis. 2011 Aug 22;10:145. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-10-145.

Learn this food's omega 3/6 balance, and why it matters.

Average Ratings: 5

"Yum!" Francesca on 10/08/2021 06:06 Review: This is my first purchase of this ikura keta salmon roe. It is delicious and much better than taking an omega vitamin. I love adding it to avocado toast, and celery with goat cheese. It is also good in salads. I am still exploring all the ways I can use it. Love this product.
"Not as good as prior buys" April Stewart on 09/17/2021 06:36 Review: I have enjoyed this item in the past and was surprised that my order; in two of the divided sections- were really dried out and hardened. The plastic seal wasn’t fully attached on one end and I guess that was the culprit. Hello April, We are sorry you received a caviar tray with a broken seal. I do see our Customer Service Team has taken care of you recently with this order. Again we thank you for your feedback and are so sorry for the disappointment. Sincerely, The Vital Choice Team
"2.2 lb bulk - not great" nothappy on 09/02/2021 10:28 Review: I found this portioning and container to be unworkable. Just a brick of unmovable eggs frozen solid. Eggs are smaller and saltier than the 2 oz jar eggs and crush easily when trying remove. Various sections at different thaw temperatures while I put back and forth between freezer and fridge. Also, there is no photo on your website of the 17 oz package - so I can try to see if its the same problem. Hello Anne, We are sorry to hear you were not happy with the Sockeye Ikura and packaging. Our Customer Service Representative would like to reach out to you shortly to discuss your order. The Vital Choice Team
Ingredients: Wild Keta (chum) salmon roe (eggs), water, salt.
Nutrition Facts

about 35 servings per per container
Serving Size
1 (28g)

Amount/serving% DV

Total Fat 4g 5%

Saturated Fat 1g 5%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 50mg 17%

Sodium 310mg 13%

Amount/serving% DV

Carbohydrate 0g 0%

Dietary Fiber 0g 0%

Total Sugars 0g

Incl. 0g Added Sugars 0%

Protein 9g 18%

Calories per serving
70
Vitamin D 30% Calcium 2% Iron 2% Potassium 2%
 
Contains 1450mg omega-3 fatty acids per 28g serving. 580mg EPA •; 680mg DHA

Serve Ikura with crackers, bread, and/or and celery stalks, or over fresh steamed rice or soba noodles.

Storage

Keep frozen at or below 0° F (-18° C) and use within six months. Ikura stored in frost-free freezers should be used within 3 months.

Thawing instructions

Thawing should take place slowly in order to preserve quality. Thaw in unopened tub, under refrigeration at or below 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). Once thawed, serve immediately.

Serving Tips

Serve Ikura with crackers, bread, and/or and celery stalks, or over fresh steamed rice or soba noodles.

Frozen foods are packed with dry ice
and ship Monday through Wednesday (except holidays).

Frozen foods ship via 2nd Day Air service or 1-3 Day Express Ground service, depending on shipping date and destination.

Free shipping
on orders over $99


Standard Shipping Fees
  • Up to $49.99 = $6.95 shipping
  • $50 - $98.99 = $12.95 shipping
  • $99 and over = FREE shipping
Overnight shipping and other premium services cost extra; for more information, see our Shipping page. (Live shellfish ship overnight at no extra cost.)
  • We cannot ship perishable goods to PO boxes.
  • Free standard shipping applies to all orders of $99 or more sent to any U.S. street address.
  • Perishable shipments to Alaska and Hawaii are subject to surcharges; please see our Shipping page.
When will my frozen foods arrive?
  • Orders placed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or before 10 AM Tuesday will ship on Tuesday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
  • Orders placed between 10 AM Tuesday and 10 AM Wednesday will ship on Wednesday* to arrive 1-2 days later.
  • Orders placed after 10 AM on Wednesday through 12:00 midnight Friday will ship on Monday* to arrive 1-3 days later.
*Except when a holiday falls on the designated shipping day.

For more information, see our Shipping page.
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