The Ossetra sturgeon is slightly smaller than the Beluga sturgeon (Huso huso). As caviar, it is of firmer texture than the more delicate Beluga caviar. Golden Ossetra is a rare form of Ossetra caviar, and is golden-yellow in color. It has a very rich flavor.
As with other caviars, ossetra is traditionally served on buttered toast points with fresh, minced onion. It also is served on blinis, and sometimes cream cheese or sour cream accompanies the caviar on crackers. The lower-graded varieties of caviar are used as stuffings in many seafood dishes and for some meat dishes. Caviar can and is often found in salads as well.