Spicy salted herring at home

No feast is complete without fish dishes. If you have a few days before the holiday, prepare spicy salted herring at home. The preparation will take a minimum of free time, but the result will pleasantly surprise you. I am sure you will no longer want to buy ready-made fish in the supermarket.

Lightly salted herring according to this recipe turns out very tasty and aromatic, moderately salty, with a tender and elastic fillet. Spicy marinade with onions perfectly emphasizes the magnificent taste of the fish.

Ready spicy salted herring can be served as an independent snack with onions or used to prepare various sandwiches and salads. Using a step-by-step recipe with photos, you will learn how to cook very tasty spicy salted herring at home.

Ingredients for making spicy salted herring at home:


  • Fresh-frozen herring – 400 g.

  • Water – 1 l.

  • Onion – 1 pc.

  • Salt – 6 tbsp.

  • Sugar – 1 tbsp.

  • Coriander seeds – 0.5 tsp.

  • Mustard seeds – 0.5 tsp.

  • Pepper mix – 0.5 tsp.

  • Black allspice – 3 peas.

  • Bay leaf – 2 pcs.

Recipe for making spicy salted herring at home

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Defrost the herring in advance on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. To prevent other products in the refrigerator from being saturated with the smell of fish, wrap the herring in a thick food bag. Thoroughly rinse the defrosted fish under running cold water. Remove the gills so they don’t give off bitterness. Add 1 tablespoon of salt from the total amount there so that all the insides are well salted.

2. Transfer the fish to a deep glass container.

3. Prepare a spicy marinade. Peel the onion, cut into thin half rings, put in a ladle or small saucepan. Pour in the remaining salt and sugar. Add spices.

4. Pour 1 liter of cold water over the ingredients. Stirring until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved, bring the marinade to a boil. During the cooking process, the spices will reveal their aroma, giving the fish a piquant spicy note. Cool the finished marinade to room temperature.

5. Pour the cooled spicy marinade over the fish. Place a small saucer on top, it will act as a weight so that the herring is completely immersed in the marinade. Cover the dish with the fish with an airtight lid or cling film. Put the herring in the refrigerator to marinate for 3 days. After the specified time, fish will be lightly salted, on the 4th day – salted. Do not keep the herring in the brine for more than 4 days.

6. Remove the finished herring from the brine, cut off the head, tail and fins, remove the entrails. Clean the fish from skin and bones, cut into portions. Serve the spicy salted herring with dill and red onion. If desired, you can sprinkle the fish with vegetable oil.

Bon appetit!

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