Herring is a small cold-water fish that lives in huge groups. Historically, it has been a very important food fish for the Netherlands and Flanders.

a. pickling herring at home
     herring in vinegar / wine sauce /

This is not something I can expect to do here in the NM desert, 1000+ miles away from the closest seashore. If you can buy larger quantities of fresh herring, this is a very good way to preserve them.

I borrowed pictures and adapted the recipe from THIS PAGE.


This is what you need for 6 servings:

  • 9 fresh or salted herring, cleaned
  • 16 lbs. coarse sea salt
  • 3 onions, cut in rings
  • 12 laurel leaves
  • thyme
  • 120 jeneverbessenjuniper berries
  • 3 lemons, peeled, sliced
  • 1 qt. each of vinegar, white wime vinegar and dry white wine
Pic1: pickled herring bites



Pic2: dry salt
Pic3: rinse
Pic4: cut behind head


Pic5-7: fillet and clean



Pic8-10: cut onions


Pic11: onions, herbs
Pic12: cut lemons / limes
Pic13: add lemon slices


Pic14: layer of herring fillets
Pic15: another layer of vegetables, then fish, again vegetables
Pic16: add marinade


Pic17: marinate for 3 days
Pic18: in canning jar
Pic19: served

b. rolmops

Rolmops aka rollmops:
This is almost the same as above, but the herring fillets are rolled around gherkins/cucumber and onions and pinned with toothpicks.


This is what you need:

  •  see above
  • small cucumbers / gherkins
  • heavy duty toothpicks
Pic20: rolmops


pictures borrowed from the internet, mostly THIS PAGE.

Pic21: pull the spine
Pic22: roll
Pic23: marinate


Pic24+25: marinated
Pic26: canning jar

c. Pickled herring on the internet

All pictures below borrowed from the internet, no sources available.


Pic27: herring in cream
Pic28: herring salad
Pic29: rolmops


Pic30: sour herring
Pic31: rolmops


Pic32: herring salad with peppers
Pic33: herring salad with apples


Pic34: herring, apples, red beets
Pic35: Belgian endive boats with herring, cucumber, ...