Pickled Herring

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Rita1652

A polish recipe. My Mom makes for Cristmas Eve. Just be sure to change the water while soaking. On New Years Eve after the toast it is Good Luck to have a bit of Herring.

Top Review by trudy.maynard

Of all the pickled herring recipes, this one is the best. The sugar gives the brine an even balance; it does not taste salty or sour.Just like my late mother used to make it. Thank You!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak the fillets in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Change water twice.
  3. To make the pickling solution, combine water, vinegar, seasonings and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil.
  4. Stir to dissolve sugar; let cool.
  5. Rinse the fillets with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Cut fish in 1-inch pieces removing bones.
  7. Peel and slice onion.
  8. Separate slices into rings.
  9. Arrange herring and onion rings in alternate layers in sterilized jars.
  10. Cover with pickling solution and cap.
  11. Refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.
  12. The herring will keep up to 3 weeks refrigerated.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a