Homemade Pickled Herring

Homemade Pickled Herring
Cook / Prep Time: 25 min

Pickled herring, a traditional favourite that’s perfect for appys and snacks, is packed full of nutrients!

2 lbs salted herring fillets, descaled and deboned

¾ cup water

¾ cup white vinegar

1 bay leaf

2 garlic cloves

½ teaspoon black peppercorns, whole

½ teaspoon mustard seeds

1/3 cup granulated sugar

½ red onion, thinly sliced

¼ teaspoon dry dill

  1. Soak the herring fillets in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours
  2. Change the water twice during the soaking process.
  3. To make the pickling solution, combine water, vinegar, seasoning, and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil.
  4. Stir to dissolve sugar; remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Rinse the herring fillets with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Remove bones from herring fillets. Cut herring into 1 inch pieces.
  7. Peel and slice the onion.
  8. Arrange herring and onion rings in alternating layers in sterilized jars.
  9. Pour in enough pickling solution to cover herring and onion slices before capping the jars.
  10. Refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.
  11. The pickled herring will keep up to 3 weeks refrigerated.

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