Finnish - Layered Midsummer Herring

"This recipe is posted here for play in ZWT9 - Scandinavia. This recipe is from website: This delicious herring recipe is simple to make, and works especially well when served with a side of new crop potatoes. Please note: Chill time is noted in cook time."
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins




  • Pat the herring fillets dry with paper towels and cut lengthwise into ½-inch slices.
  • Chop dill and chives and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, sugar, mustard, and mix well.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In the pickling jar, layer the herring fillets, sour cream mixture and the chopped chives and dill, starting and ending with a layer of dill and chives.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and serve with new potatoes.

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  1. Made for the FYC Tag Game - I made this as written except that I did not serve it w/potatoes as suggested. I served it the way we eat it here .. atop buttered toast. It was so good that I was actually purring as I ate my brunch today. I did have a moment of confusion about the mustard ingredient. I couldn't tell if you wanted a table mustard, sweet mustard, Dijon mustard or other grainy brown mustard, etc. I finally opted to use 1/2 T sweet mustard & 1/2 T Dijon mustard. Loved this BK. Thx for sharing it w/us.
  2. My favorite way of making herring is the way Mother did (recipe posted on, but this one caught my eye, as I love dill. And this is definitely an excellent recipe. I never liked the commercial sour cream herrings, this is nothing like those. I used salt herring, which I can conveniently buy at several places in my area. I soaked it about 24 hours to remove some of the salt. No chives at the market, and I did not want to use the garlic chives in my garden for this, so I used the green tops of scallions, finely chopped, which worked well. For some reason I have no mustard at home, so I used some horseradish cream, and that blended in well. I simply forgot about the lemon juice, and used only about 1 tsp of sugar. The sauce was very tasty. I also just mixed everything together instead of layering, so used a ceramic dish. I did sprinkle with additional chopped dill. While herring with boiled potatoes is very customary for us, too, I ate this with good Lithuanian rye bread, and it is delicious.


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