Caviar Star

American Bowfin Caviar

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Bowfin, better known by its Cajun name "Choupique", is even more ancient than the sturgeons and similarly has hardly changed over millions of years of existence. This bony fish yields small, black, sometimes red-tinted roe that makes a good, far less expensive substitute for sturgeon caviar. It is highly regarded by connoisseurs for its intense earthy and distinctive flavor, with mild tang and hints of spice. A super affordable, unique tasting caviar substitute!

Hand packed and quality checked for color, size, freshness, flavor and texture. Unlike sturgeon, bowfin roe will turn red if heated. 


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Reviews (2)

Anthony 19th Sep 2017

Fantastic for the price

This is now my go to entertaining caviar. It doesn't have quite the nutty flavor of a nice Osetra, but for the price it has a good flavor and color. The eggs are a little on the smaller size, but not a big deal if you are garnishing appetizers or putting it out in a large service dish. I liked this better than the paddlefish as a Sturgeon alternative.

17th Nov 2015

Pretty good for the price.

This stuff is pretty tasty. While I would love nothing more than to gobble beluga off of an ivory spoon, warm up some blini, slather on some creme fraiche and ladle on some american bowfin at 4 bucks an ounce! While it lacks the subtle complexity of real sturgeon, the texture and pop are good and the flavor is quite pleasing. I tasted it side by side with American Bowfin and it held its own. Probably would avoid tasting at the same time as finer caviars. At this price, caviar doesn't have to be a luxury.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Common Names:
Bowfin, Mudfish, Mud pike, Dogfish, Griddle, Grinnel, Cypress Trout, Choupique
Scientific Name:
Amia Calva
Sustainable, Wild Caught
Country of Origin:
Regular product price:
$7.00 - $99.00
Shelf Life:
4-6 weeks at 26° to 36° F
Egg Size:
Flavor Profile:
Spicy, Robust, Tangy
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