Caviar Etiquette

Proper Etiquette when serving caviar, including our Sturgeon Caviar, Paddlefish Caviar, and Kosher Bowfin Caviar:

  • caviarTo preserve the full flavor of caviar, scoop it out using Mother of Pearl spoons, and NEVER use a metallic spoon metal oxidizes the eggs), which will create an unwanted (and pretty horrid) metal bite. If necessary use a wood or plastic spoon.
  • Don't mush caviar up while you're serving yourself or other, lift the spoon carefully. Caviar should be scooped from the container vertically from top to bottom to avoid crushing the egg.
  • If caviar is passed to you in a Caviar Server or Bowl with its own spoon, serve a teaspoonful onto your plate. As the following accompaniments are offered, use the individual serving spoon in each to take small amount of minced onion and sieved egg whites and yolks, as well as a few lemon slices and a couple of toast points. Assemble a canapé to your taste with a knife, then use your fingers to lift it to your mouth.
  • If you're at a cocktail party or reception, where prepared caviar canapés are passed on trays, simply lift one off the plate and pop it into your mouth.
  • When served caviar as an hors d'oeuvre, no matter how much you might be tempted by its luscious flavor. It is considered bad taste to eat more than an ample serving of about two ounces, or about two spoonfuls.
  • The simplest way of tasting caviar is to place a little on the back of the hand at the junction of the thumb and forefinger.