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Pickled herring with allspice and onions.

Kaja Sajovic

Pickled herring with allspice and onions

A recipe for traditional Swedish pickled herring from chef Douglas Tjärnhammar Alm of Stockholm’s Sillkafe.

02 August, 2023
Average: 4 (2 votes)

serves for

12

ingredients

White vinegar
1/2 cup/120ml
Sugar
2/3 cup/150g
Black peppercorns
12, whole
Allspice
10 berries
Cloves
10, whole
Bay leaves
3
Red onion
2 small (1 thinly sliced, 1 minced)
Carrots
1, diced
Leek
1/2 small leek, white part only, halved and thinly sliced
Herring fillet
12oz/340g salted herring fillets, rinsed, soaked in water overnight, and drained
Chives
1/2 cup/113g, minced

Step 01

Boil sugar, vinegar, and 1 cup/240ml water in a 2-qt. saucepan until sugar is dissolved (1–2 minutes).

Step 02

Remove from heat; stir in peppercorns, allspice, cloves, bay leaves, sliced onion, carrot, and leek; let cool.

Step 03

Add herring and cover with plastic wrap; chill for 72 hours.

Step 04

Remove fillets from vinegar mixture and pat dry using paper towels; cut into ½"-thick slices and transfer to a serving platter; garnish with minced onion and chives and serve with sauces, if you like.

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