Pickled White Herring

Preparation info
  • Makes


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      80 hr

Appears in
Copenhagen Cult Recipes

By Christine Rudolph and Susie Theodorou

Published 2019

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Homemade pickled white herring are used in open sandwiches. The basic spices are coriander, mustard seeds and cloves, but family recipes vary. More spices and other flavourings such as cinnamon, allspice, bay leaves and citrus peel may also be added.


  • 8 salted herring fillets, soaked in cold water for up to 6 hours, drained, and refrigerated until needed
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds


Place herring in a bowl, cover with water and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry on paper towels.

Meanwhile, add all the spices to a deep, dry frying pan and toast for 2–3 minutes. Add the vinegar, sherry, sugar, bay leaves, lemon zest and 150 ml water. Swirl the pan to dissolve the su