Chili pickled herring

DrygastDrygast, 2024-07-07

Creamy pickled herring with a bit of a sting from chili.


  • Servings4 Portions
  • AllergensCelery, Eggs, Fish, Milk


  • Rest Time1440 min
  • Cook Time15 min


From wikipedia:
Pickled herring is a traditional way of preserving herring as food by pickling or curing.
Pickled herring remains a popular food or ingredient to dishes in many parts of Europe including Scandinavia, Great Britain, the Baltic, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as the Netherlands.

This old way of preserving fish may take some getting used to, but sooner or later you get the hang of it and start to appreciate the pickled herring that pops up every now and then throughout the year. With the option to buy ready-made pickled herring (5-minute herring ) that is ready for seasoning, it is easy to vary and surprise the guests.

Here comes a simple recipe for creamy pickled herring with a bit of heat from chilli. I've only chosen to include one chili in the recipe, which I think is enough for most people, but of course I usually throw in at least one more chili (or a homegrown, stronger variety).

I have indicated that this recipe makes 4 servings, which I think makes sense if only one kind of herring is served, but generally many different kinds are served on a buffeté and then this recipe should be enough for about 12 portions (1-2 pieces of herring / portion). Of course, it depends on how many other side dishes are served and how hungry the guests are. I usually make sure to always have a little too much so you don't end up without food - a little leftovers don't hurt.


Pickled Herring

Nutrition Facts*

 TotalServing100 g
Energy2029.03 kcal507.26 kcal277 kcal
Carbohydrates138 g34.5 g18.84 g
Fat130.17 g32.54 g17.77 g
Protein55.23 g13.81 g7.54 g
Sugar129.8 g32.45 g17.72 g
Salt16.85 g4.21 g2.30 g

* The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using the ingredients available in the database. Info will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.


Pickled herring
  1. Strain the herring. (Possibly save some of the brine if you want to dilute later)
  2. Chop the chili. (Possibly save some for garnish)
  3. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  4. Taste with a little salt.
  5. Pour everything into a glass jar.
  6. Let the herring stand for a day in the refrigerator.
  7. Garnish if necessary with another chilli.