Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

A Scandinavian delight, and one my family loves :) It's a tradition to eat it at midnight on New Year's Eve for good luck in the coming year too! **(time does not include chill times)


  1. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of the salt in 3 cups of cold water.
  2. Put the herring in the salt water, cover and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  3. Put the remaining salt, the vinegar, sugar, allspice berries, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a small saucepan with 1 cup of water.
  4. Stir this mixture over med/high heat until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat and cool.
  5. Remove the herring from the salt water and put in a shallow baking dish.
  6. Put the onions on top of the fish, then pour in the pickling mixture.
  7. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  8. Serve right from the dish, yum!
Most Helpful

Perfect for my DH! He loved this and thought he was in heaven! Loved the use of allspice berry here too. Started this project 2 days ago, and what a lovely day to eat a pickled herring. The sugar was taken down to 1/4 cup to adjust for sweetness. Made for ZWT 6

Andi of Longmeadow Farm June 07, 2010

ZWT6: Another recipe I made just for my German hubby - right up his alley!! He loved it - I served it on homemade caraway-rye bread

Mom2Rose June 06, 2010

I think I'd prefer it with less sugar,but other than that I can't complain of anything. I'm just happy that I was able to make pickled herring at home. This was a first for me. The hardest part of this is the waiting period. Thanks for sharing. Made for Zwt 6.

littlemafia June 06, 2010