Pickled Fried Herring Recipe

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Here you finde my Pickled fried Herring Recipe with fried potatoes will be on the side and on your plate.

A quick dish and a feel-good meal for northern lights and other fish lovers.

Sour pickled and fried herring is especially popular as a rustic meal for lunch and also in the evening.

After a long walk on the beach with a stiff breeze, this dish is the crowning conclusion of the day for me. For me it has something of homeliness and wanderlust at the same time.

Attention: We do not put the fried fish in the pan ourselves, but we used a finished, super finely marinated fried fish from the Plotz company.

Honestly written: I could never and never ever do it better myself… This is what makes our preparation so fast 😉

Then we’ll have a look into our kitchen and cook what makes us full and happy! Have fun and good luck.

1. Recipe Pickled Fried Herring

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Pickled Fried Herring with Potatoes

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 559
Total Time 30 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 15 Min.

Simple instructions for the preparation of fried and pickled herring.

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Pickled fried Herring Recipe Image
Pickled fried Herring Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Fried potatoes

300 g Potatoes (I like to use this year’s young potatoes)
20 ml Sunflower oil (You can also use rapeseed oil!)
1-2 pc red onion
1/4 tsp Salt (I use primal salt or Himalaya salt)
4-6 pinches Pepper black, ground
1 tsp marjoram (I also like to use thyme, rosemary, parsley)
4 pinches Cayenne pepper
20 g butter (I like to use ghee as well)
1/4 bunch Parsley
2 pc tomatoes

Fried Herring

2 pc fried herring
1/4 pc cucumber
1/4 bunch dill


Prepare fried potatoes

Peeled potatoes after cooking.
Boiled and freshly peeled potatoes.

Prepare Potatoes

Wash the potatoes with skin, then boil them in salted water until soft, drain and peel.

Optionally you can put some parsley stems and some caraway seeds in the cooking water.

Sliced boiled potatoes.
Cut the boiled potatoes into slices.

Cut potatoes

After peeling, cut the potatoes into 3-4 mm slices.

I always let the potatoes cool down a little for this.

Potato slices in the coated pan.
Potato slices in the pan when frying.

Fry potatoes

Fry the potato slices on all sides in a coated pan with the oil at high heat.

Cutting onion strips made easy.
Onion strips Step picture.

Prepare Onions

Cut the onion generously at the top and at the root, then halve and peel.

Cut the onion halves into strips.

Turn the fried potatoes in the pan.
Turn the roasted potatoes in the pan.

Season potatoes

Turn the potato slices in the pan and season with salt and pepper.

Add the onions to the potatoes.
Add the onions to the potatoes.

Add onions

Put the sliced onion strips in the pan and fry them at high temperature with the potato slices.

Onions caramelize slightly in this way and create a wonderful sweetish aroma.

fried potatoes
Fried potatoes here with onions and diced tomatoes are a delicious side dish. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

Finish potatoes

Wash the tomatoes, cut into quarters and cut out the core.

Fillet the skin or leave it on the flesh.

Add tomato pieces whole or cut into strips to the potatoes.

Refine the fried potatoes with salt, pepper, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and marjoram, optionally with freshly cut parsley and the butter.

Keep warm until serving.

Prepare and arrange fried herring

fried herring
Fried herring in the marinade. Fortunately, we can buy the ready-made fish marinated and enjoy it straight away. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

Prepare Herring

Remove the fried herrings from the marinade and let them drip off on kitchen paper.

Carefully remove the fillets and place them on the plate with the skin side facing upwards.

Recipe picture fried herring with fried potatoes
Fried potatoes with sour fried herring on the plate, garnished with tomato fillets.


Add the fried potatoes and serve quickly. Bon appetit!

2. Calories and Nutritional Values

3. Definition „Pickled Fried Herring”

For the preparation of fried herrings, the whole fish is scaled and gutted. The fresh, “green herrings” are then seasoned with salt and pepper, turned in flour (technical term: “floury”), then fried in a pan with oil until brown.

After frying and cooling, the fried fish are placed in a sourly sweet marinade consisting of vinegar, water, sugar, onion rings, bay leaves and spices (e.g. mustard and peppercorns, allspice).

By placing them in the acetic marinade, the small, thin bones partially dissolve. The bone-rich fish can then be eaten with the small bones.

Non-preserved, self-pickled fried herrings can be kept refrigerated for up to two weeks.

Eating fried green herring is not so much fun. Numerous mini-bones make it difficult to enjoy. The pickled, fried herring solves this problem.

Says Chef Thomas Sixt
fried herring
Fried herring in the marinade. Fortunately, we can buy the ready-prepared fish already marinated and enjoy it immediately. © Thomas Sixt Food photographer

4. Side Dishes Ideas for Pickled Fried Herring

Typical side dishes are fried potatoes, jacket potatoes and rösti. In the recipe below I show you a colorful and fine variation of fried potatoes with tomato cubes and onion strips. More suggestions below:

Potato pancakes served as a side dish.
Grated potato pancakes or potato pancakes as side dish, served with thyme as decoration. You can grate the potatoes raw, season them with salt, pepper and nutmeg and then fry them in the pan.
Potato hash browns for starters
Decorative potato rösti for appetizer and soup. I will show you how to prepare them at the recipe graved salmon
Varieties of how you can serve mashed potatoes on the plate
Varieties of how you can serve mashed potatoes on the plate
Cooked potatoes
Boiled potatoes in a pot. For jacket potatoes, cooking in the skin has proven to be a good idea, so the great tubers remain more delicious! © Thomas Sixt Food photographer
potato gratin
Potato gratin in a porcelain casserole dish. You can also serve the creamy gratin as a side dish.
Rice served with tomatoes, photographed from above.
The tomato rice photographed from above. You can simply cook this dish yourself!

My recommendation are the fried potatoes in the colorful variation. This never gets boring, pleases the eye and is simply exciting in taste. The working time is kept within limits and the dish is simply fun!

Says chef Thomas Sixt about his favorite Side Dish

5. Decoration Tips for Pickled Fried Herring

Always take care of the side dishes first and finish cooking them. Then keep them warm and let the herring come out of the pool.

The wet fish should be drained on a sieve and then on kitchen paper. This way you can arrange the fish on your plate without leaking marinade.

I always fillet the fish first and then put the fillets on the plate. This is somehow nicer and a cook has the preparation in his blood 🙂

For the decoration the following ingredients have proven to be effective:

Cut apple cubes
Cut the apple cubes
Types of cuts for fresh cucumbers
Types of cuts for cucumbers for a fresh cucumber salad.
Pickled cucumber
Fresh dill bunch
Fresh dill is healthy and relieves anxiety.
Cut the parsley
Finely chop the parsley.
Cut the chives
Chives finely cut into rolls on a black board.

I personally like cucumber cubes, apple cubes and dill. That is so wonderfully harmonious. The fish already has enough acidity and the additions refresh the dish.

Says chef Thomas Sixt about the decoration
Fried herring close-up
Fried herring with fried potatoes is a classic of German cuisine! Here decorated with cucumber cubes and dill. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

6. Further Suitable Ideas

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