Easy Marinated Herring
We don't always find it easy to get fresh herring in our area, so this recipe is a quick and painless way to freshen up jarred, marinated herring from the supermarket, resulting in a very acceptable version of the traditional Scandinavian cold table favorite.
- 1 jar (8-ounce) herring
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon aquavit (see recipe notes)
- 6 allspice berries (see recipe notes)
- 3 juniper berries (see recipe notes)
- 1/2 medium red onion, sliced paper thin
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- In a glass measure, combine the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the aquavit, allspice and juniper berries.
- Drain the jarred herring in a colander and rinse in cold water. Remove the herring pieces, pat dry with paper towels and cut into uniform bite-sized pieces. Place half of the herring in a single layer in a glass bowl. Top with half of the onions and dill, repeat with the remaining ingredients and pour the marinade over the fish.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 to 6 hours. To serve, drain the excess liquid and discard the berries. Garnish with additional fresh dill if desired.
The aquavit, allspice and juniper add some unique character to this dish, but any or all of them can be easily omitted without sacrificing the overall sweet and pungent flavor.