Friday, January 31, 2014

Pickled Herring

We had plenty of herring left from the SirenSeaSA drop this past week so after making the previous herring dish with pasta, I thought it would be a cool idea to pickle it. I cam across this recipe on the Cook It Simply web site and pretty much stuck to the script as I'm still new to pickling. It's not a terribly complicated process but the closer I stay with recipes for the time being the better.

Prepared herring fillets

Frying the floured fillets

Preparing the pickling solution

4 prepared fresh herrings
juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons flour for coating
6 tablespoons grapeseed oil
3/4 pint white vinegar
3/4 pint water
3 bay leaves
8 peppercorns
2 allspice berries
1 medium onion sliced into 1/4" wide rings

Wash the herrings well inside and out in cold water and wipe dry. Sprinkle the fillets with lemon juice and salt. Leave the herrings to dry slightly, then dip them in the flour to cover, shaking off excess.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When hot add the herrings in batches for 3 minutes each side, turning carefully as the herrings will break easily. As you finish with each batch, transfer to a large shallow dish and leave to cool.

Combine the vinegar and water in a saucepan with the bay leaves, peppercorns and allspice and bring to a boil. Add the sliced onion to the pan and boil for 5 minutes. Leave the liquid to cool before pouring it over the herrings.

Cover the dish and leave to marinate for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

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