5 Mouth-Watering Herring Recipes


Being one of the most popular fish species in the world, herring recipes are one of the most searched terms within the fish recipes topic on the internet. It is considered to be one of the healthiest, tastiest, and affordable choices for a fish-based meal, along with sea bass, cod, and salmon

In this article, we’ll show you how to cook herring so you can do it with ease and enjoy the meal both soon and fully.

1. Herring With Dill And Mustard Potato Salad

Tasty, simple to make and enough for 4 people, this dish is quite popular in Scandinavian countries. It may take up to an hour to make it, but the final result is really delicious.

Ingredients Needed:

For the herring

  • 100ml/3½fl oz water
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 100ml/3½ fl oz white wine
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 x 100g/3½oz herring fillets

For the potato salad

  • 250g/9oz cooked new potatoes
  • 100ml/3½fl oz mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • ½ tsp curry paste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • few sprigs of fresh dill
  • lemon wedges


Pour the water into a pan, then add lime juice, white wine, peppercorns, bay leaves, white wine vinegar, salt, and let it boil slowly. Once it reaches boiling point, turn the heat down so it can simmer, and put the fish in the pan. Let it cook slowly for a bit more than 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, check it and keep it cooking until you’re certain it is cooked well enough.

Now it is time to make potato salad. Peel the potatoes off, then cut them in half and cook them. Once they become soft, take them out of the water, put the potatoes in a large bowl. 

While potatoes cook, take another bowl, add mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, curry paste, salt, fresh black pepper, and dill, and mix until joined. Pour it over potatoes and stir it a bit.

Take the fish out of the pan, drain it, and simply place it on the top of the salad. If you want, add more dill and lemon wedges on the top of the fish.

2. Herring “Rillettes”

This dish will serve 4 people and it is simple to make, yet really delicious.

Ingredients Needed

  • carrot 1 large
  • lemon juice of ½
  • white-wine vinegar 1 tbsp
  • pickled sushi ginger 10g
  • dill a small bunch
  • herrings 500g, raw, pin boned
  • butter 90g
  • bay leaves 2
  • rye bread toasted, to serve


Grate the carrot so you get 3 heaped tablespoons, add ti to a bowl containing lemon juice and vinegar. Cut the pickled ginger into small pieces, mix it with carrot and a tablespoon of juice

Chop the dill as fine as possible, add salt and black pepper to season.

Place the herring fillets in a baking pan, add butter, one or two bay leaves, and let it bake for about 30 minutes. When it becomes soft, take it out, let it cool off, and using a few forks pull it out from the skin. 

Add the fish and the butter into the carrot, but don’t over-mix it, season if needed, and serve it with hot rye toast.

3. Herring In Oats With Potato Salad

If you learn how to cook herring, this herring recipe will allow you to make one simple, delicious, and light meal for 2.

Ingredients Needed:

For the potato salad

  • 200g/7oz small new potatoes
  • 50g/2oz kale, very coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cucumber, cut in half lengthways, seeds scooped out with a spoon, thickly sliced
  • 1-2 spring onions, trimmed and sliced

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed rapeseed oil
  • squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the herring

  • 2 handfuls ‘medium’ oatmeal
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 herring fillets, scales, and central line of bones removed (ask your fishmonger to do this for you)
  • dollop English mustard
  • 30g/1¼oz butter
  • splash rapeseed oil
  • lemon wedges, to serve


Boil the potatoes, cucumber, and kale until they become soft, then drain it and put it on the side. 

Whisk vinegar, rapeseed oil, and lemon juice together until you get a good mix. Season with salt and black pepper. 

Place the herring on the plate, spread the oatmeal along with it, add salt and black pepper. Cover both sides with a bit of mustard, roll it in seasoned oatmeal until you cover it completely, and fry in a medium heated frying pan, skin-side up. Fry for up to 2 minutes, until the oatmeals become golden brown, then turn the fish over, fry for another 2 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and let them drain on paper.

Add boiled vegetables into a serving bowl, drizzle the dressing over, mix, season if needed and serve it on two plates besides herring and with a lemon slice.

4. Simple Layered Harring Salad

This amazing herring recipe is popular in Latvia, and it is enough for up to 6 people.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 250g/9oz salad potatoes, diced
  • ½ small bunch of spring onions
  • ½ apple, grated or finely chopped
  • fresh horseradish (to taste), peeled and finely chopped
  • 25g/1oz anchovies or pickled herring
  • half a head of lettuce, shredded
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 4 medium cooked beetroot
  • 2 free-range eggs, hard-boiled
  • 6 cornichons, finely chopped
  • a few sprigs of dill, finely chopped
  • half large cucumber, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Boil the salted water, add potatoes and cook until they become soft, drain them and let them cool off, then put them in a bowl and add spring onions, horseradish, pickled herring, and apple.

Put a layer of lettuce at the bottom of a bowl, add potato salad, carrots, cucumber, or any other ingredient you wish before you wrap it up with another layer of potato salad.

5. Fried Herring Fillets With A Lime Pepper Crust

This great dish is enough for 2 people and can be served basically for any occasion – from regular Sunday lunch to anniversary dinner.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 6-7 oz (175-200 g) herring fillets 
  • 2 limes
  • 1 rounded teaspoon whole mixed peppercorns
  • 1 rounded dessertspoon plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Maldon sea salt


Use a pestle and mortar to crush peppercorns, but try to keep some of the texture.

Grate the limes, add half to peppercorns, then add the flour and mix it. Spread on the flat plate. 

Brush the flesh side of the herring with the mixture. Use the remains to coat the skin side.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan fry the fish flesh-side down for a few minutes, when it gets golden color turn it and fry it for 2 minutes. Serve with salt, lime zest, and limes.



Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about herring recipes and how to cook herring.

Q: What goes good with herring?


You can mix it with just about anything you want, but the best choice is any form of potato salad. You could try it with fried, baked or cooked potato, or along with the grilled vegetables, rice or pasta.

Q: Can you eat bones of herring?


Big bones no, but if you end up swallowing one of the many smaller ones, don’t be alarmed, these are completely OK to eat and soft enough not to make any problem. Just be careful as you eat it and you should be alright.

Q: How to cook the whole herring?


The best way to prepare the whole herring is to grill it. Before you put it on a grill, make sure the scales are removed, rinse it carefully and season it, then grill it for up to 8 minutes or until the eyes turn white.

Q: How healthy is herring?


Herring is considered to be one of the healthiest fish species in the world, filled with vitamin D above all else. It is also rich with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which are great in preventing heart disease and helping your brain staying in a good shape.

Q: Can I eat herring every day?


Canned herring you shouldn’t eat more than 2 times per week, but fresh fish shouldn’t give you any issues. However, if you start to feel any kind of issue, it is better to skip it for a few days.

Q: Is herring good for weight loss?


Yes, thanks to high protein value, it is used as the main ingredient in many diets, especially if you workout along the way, however, you shouldn’t eat herring only. Mix it with vegetables, rice or potatoes and it should be both delicious and help you lose your weight.

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