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Fried pickled Herring Recipe – fried sour Herring with fried Potatoes

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Today, my recipe for pickled fried Herrings 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.

Matjes mit Apfel und Rote Bete
Matjes served with onions, beet, apple and pumpernickel with chives

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

2. Side dishes ideas

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:

Reibekuchen als Beilage angerichtet.
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.
Kartoffelrösti für Vorspeise
Decorative potato rösti for appetizer and soup. I will show you how to prepare them at the recipe graved salmon
Kartoffeln gekocht und für Püree vorbereitet.
Prepare mashed potatoes from fresh potatoes Step Bild.
Gekochte Kartoffeln
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 in a porcelain casserole dish. You can also serve the creamy gratin as a side dish.
Reis mit Tomaten angerichtet, von oben fotografiert.
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

3. Serving and decoration tips

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:

  • Apple cubes
  • Cubes of a fresh cucumber
  • Dice a pickled cucumber
  • Dill and chives
  • Parsley and lovage
Apfelwürfel schneiden
Cut the apple cubes and quickly marinate them with lemon juice. That way the apple will not brown! © Thomas Sixt Food photographer

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

Brathering Nahaufnahme
Fried herring with fried potatoes is a classic of German cuisine! Here decorated with cucumber cubes and dill. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

4. Recipe fried Herring with fried potatoes

Read this far? Then you are super prepared and can go into the kitchen with great self-confidence. Wish you good luck!

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5 from 48 votes
Pickled fried herring with fried potatoes recipe
Prepare the perfect plate with pickled fish and side dishes. An instruction cooked, photographed and written down by cook Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Fish and Seafood Recipes
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: glutenfree
Servings: 2
Calories: 559kcal
Author: 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
  • 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.
    Erdäpfel nach dem Kochen geschält.
  • After peeling, cut the potatoes into 3-4 mm slices. I always let the potatoes cool down a little for this.
    Gekochte Kartoffeln in Scheiben geschnitten.
  • Fry the potato slices on all sides in a coated pan with the oil at high heat.
    Kartoffelscheiben in der beschichteten Pfanne.
  • Cut the onion generously at the top and at the root, then halve and peel. Cut the onion halves into strips.
    Zwiebelstreifen schneiden leicht gemacht.
  • Turn the potato slices in the pan and season with salt and pepper.
    Die angebratenen Kartoffeln in der Pfanne wenden.
  • 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.
    Zwiebeln zu den Kartoffeln geben.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Add the fried potatoes and serve quickly. Bon appetit!
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5. Calories and nutritional values

Nutrition Facts
Pickled fried herring with fried potatoes recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 1123mg49%
Potassium 2970mg85%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Thomas Sixt

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