What is the difference between Masago and Tobikko?
Masago and Tobikko are caviars from different fish species.
Masago (direct translation from Japanese means “fine sand/small sand”) is generally eggs from Capelin, which is about 1mm in size. They have a crunchier texture and can be cooked in dishes like Pasta or Fried Rice.
Tobikko (direct tranlsation from Japanese means Tobi [flying] + Ko [child]) is specifically eggs from Flying Fish, which is about 2mm in size. They have a brilliant gem-like appearance, and are recommended for cold garnish.