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Herrings in mustard sauce

August 25, 2012

I don’t know what do you think about herring. I’ve never been a big fan of it, on the other hand my parents love it. I don’t even know why I had such an animosity towards it, as I generally like fish. Maybe it was the fact that I saw them eaten with big amounts of chopped onions or in strange looking marinades.
Herrings (Polish: śledzie) are one of the most popular fish in Poland. You can get it easily in any grocery shop. They are almost always sold salted or marinated, but barely ever fresh, but there are at least a few different types – canned ones in oil or tomato sauce, marinated filets, rollmops and loads of marinated herring with sauces – with onion, or dill, with cream, or mustard sauce, there are herrings Hawaiian or Kashubian style.
Summarising – it’s hard to pick.
One of the most popular types of herrings are soused herrings (Polish: matiasy) which are mild salt young immature herrings.

Anyway, I slowly convert into herrings.

matiasy sledzie herrings

This recipe is dead simple and simply delicious.

Herrings in mustard sauce

The recipe from Trufla’s blog
  • 3 herring fillets (preferably soused herrings), around 200g

For sauce 

  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp mustard (use mild one)
  • 2 tsp whole-grain mustard

Soak herring fillets for a few hours (or over the night) in cold water or milk. It will make it more tender and delicate.
Remove the liquids and cut herrings into 2-cm pieces.

To make sauce
Mix all the ingredients well.
Combine it with herrings and place all into a jar.
Close the jar with a lid and leave in a fridge for 2 days to marinade.
Eat with bread or potato salad.

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  • Reply Kris - Caterer September 1, 2012 at 06:30

    The recipe is easy, makes a nice presentation and is light…I think mustard sauce makes a good accompaniment to this oily flesh of herrings and that could be reason for its delicacy?..

    • Reply Magda September 3, 2012 at 09:18

      I wouldn’t say it’s very light, but yes mustard sauce makes perfect match.

  • Reply Rambling Tart September 3, 2012 at 00:50

    My father is from Denmark so I grew up eating herring (usually pickled) at every family celebration. :-) I actually don’t care for them too much pickled, but I would like them with this mustard sauce for sure. :-)

    • Reply Magda September 3, 2012 at 09:19

      It’s really hard to find non-pickled herrings. But yes, the mustard sauce is a good match :)

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