5 Best Herring Recipes

Last Updated: 10.08.20


Herring is one of the best fish that humans can consume, and that’s because it is literally loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Over the years, many scientists have published heaps of papers which attest the beneficial effects of omega-3 on the human body.

To date, omega-3 has been linked with keeping mental and heart health on par. In addition to that, consuming fish regularly, which includes herring, can alleviate back and limb pain caused by arthritis. It is, therefore, a good idea to integrate two fish meals per week in the diet of any person, especially those whose age is over 50.

In addition to all of this, herring is a healthy source of vitamin D. Our bodies have the natural ability to synthesize vitamin D efficiently when they are exposed to the sun. However, given the current alarming skin cancer stats, sunbathing is more and more frowned upon. Herring contains vitamin D, which means that consuming it on a regular basis can assist us in keeping our bones and teeth strong and healthy.

Furthermore, this type of fish also contains DHA and EPA, which are two fatty acids that have been linked to reducing inflammatory conditions ranging from arthritis and Crohn’s disease. In today’s article, we have decided to showcase several delicious herring recipes that you may want to consider if you’re out of ideas and have little to no time on your hands to cook any meal when you get back home from work.

Most of these dishes can be prepared in under one hour with the exception of pickled herring, where there’s a waiting period. Check them out if you want to save time and cook your own food.


German-Style Herring Salad

For this particular recipe, you are going to need one can of pickled herring, half of a cup of sliced dill pickles, half of a medium apple, half a cup of sour cream, two cups of salad mix, one tablespoon of chopped parsley, two plum tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste.

As is the case with any other salad you may want to prepare, this one’s pretty straightforward and can help you save time. Start by draining the herring and make sure to remove any spices from the can. Try to get rid of the excess liquid by patting the herring with paper towels.

Place the fish in a bowl and add the fresh chopped parsley, pickle, sour cream, and apple. Season with pepper and salt in variable amounts depending on your preferences. Some people like to add the salad mix to the bowl while others prefer to use it as a garnish on their plate. This is a healthy and quick salad that’s downright scrumptious.


Avocado and Herring Salad Sandwich

This recipe is even easier compared to the one we’ve presented above. You’ll need one can of herring, one onion, half of a teaspoon of garlic powder or freshly grated garlic if you have it, one quarter of a cup mayonnaise, a whole avocado, as well as bread for the sandwiches.

Begin by draining the liquid from the herring and then add it to a bowl. Use a fork to break the kippers up into small pieces and then add chopped onion, the garlic powder, pepper and salt to taste. The avocado also needs to be chopped up into cubes, but given its consistency, you needn’t bother with it all that much as it will likely turn into a paste if it’s ripe.

Stir everything up and then top your bread slices with the salad. You can either add the mayo in the salad per se or use it on top of the bread.


Pickled herring

Pickles are really good for you, and that’s because most of them can help to keep the human body’s pH and bacterial levels on par. Some types of pickles, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and others have heaps of natural bacteria that will assist you in keeping your immune system healthy.

There are a variety of pickled herring recipes available online, so don’t be afraid to do a bit of research to find the one you prefer. We liked the one proposed by The Guardian, which contains rhubarb. For the recipe, you’ll need variable amounts of unrefined sugar, herring fillets, apple cider vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, coriander seeds, horseradish, onion, and rhubarb.

Salt the herring fillets and leave them for about two to three hours. You will then have to place the rest of the ingredients aside from the red onion into a pan and bring to a boil. What this means is that you will basically be boiling the veggies and condiments in cider vinegar.

Layer the herrings into a ceramic dish jars, sprinkle the red onion on top, and then add the pickling liquor when it’s warm. Once everything is cooled, place your jars in the refrigerator. To make sure that you can consume the herring safely, it is a good idea to wait for at least three days before opening the jars.

The neat thing about this recipe is that pickled herring can last in the fridge for several weeks, therefore enabling you to enjoy it whenever you feel like it.


Fried herring

Oat-crusted fried herring is one of the most popular recipes we’ve found online, and you may want to give it a shot given that it’s very easy to make. The ingredients consist of half a pound herring fillets, salt and pepper, half a cup smooth mustard, one and a half cup oats, a fourth of a cup of vegetable oil, lard, or butter, and half of a cup of cream or milk.

After salting the herring fillets, leave them at room temperature for about a quarter of an hour. Mix the cream and the mustard in a bowl and then dip the herring into the mixture. Leave it be for a time span of ten to sixty minutes, depending on how much you have available.

The oats need to be turned into flour or at least finely minced with the help of a food processor. Some of the oats won’t become a flour per se, but that’s perfectly fine as they will add to the scrumptious crunch everyone wants from any fried food.

Put the oat flour in a large bowl, heat up the oil or butter in a large pan over medium-high heat, and then dredge the fish in the oat mixture. Fry until golden, or about two to three minutes on every side. You will need paper towels to get rid of the excess fat. This simple dish is delicious and easy to make and can be served with sides like boiled or mashed potatoes or even sauteed veggies if you want to keep it healthy.

Potato and smoked herring salad

It’s easy to see that herring is a particularly popular fish with folks who like their salads, and that’s mostly because it is usually served pickled. This salad is both delicious and hearty, therefore enabling you to have plenty of energy for a whole day. We like it as lunch, but you might find it just as good as dinner, provided that you don’t eat the salad right before going to bed. After all, it isn’t easy on the waist.

For the recipe, you will need a small onion, salt, and pepper to taste, chervil, smoked or pickled herring, olive oil, variable amounts of potatoes depending on how many people you want to serve, as well as Dijon-style mustard and lemon juice.

You have to boil the potatoes for about twelve minutes. Mix the onion, mustard, salt and pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl and let rest while the potatoes are cooking. Add the boiled potatoes and herring and serve with a green salad. One of the best things about this recipe is that it is also delicious as leftovers.

Customizing it is rather easy, given that you can also add sour cream or even a bit of grated garlic if it tickles your fancy and you have nowhere you have to be.


Other creative things you can do with herring

If one of your family members or friends is an angler and the supply of herring for you is virtually endless, you’re one of the lucky people who can eat fish and save money. Unfortunately, fish isn’t particularly cheap, and some varieties like halibut are actually considered expensive.

The point that we have tried to make with this article is that the sky’s the limit when it comes to your creativity in the kitchen. You can use herring in loads of salads, but you can also use it to make fish curries, fish pie, or anything else that might ever cross your mind.

Just remember, fish is extremely healthy for you, so don’t waste it. If you really have nothing to do with it, give it to some of your neighbors or your buddies. It offers multiple health benefits, so try to make the most of it.



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