Three Delicious Ways to Cook Herring

Three Delicious Ways to Cook Herring

It’s hard finding the time to eat well, but when fish is fresh, seasonal and local, a nutritious dinner takes next-to-no effort. These easy recipes, featuring our sustainably caught herring from Sole of Discretion, are a great way to rediscover fish. Sole of Discretion are a CIC, sourcing local catch traceable right back to each small-scale boat, and ensuring their fishers are paid a fair price for their catch.

Herring in oatmeal with bacon

Serves: 4       Time: Approx. 10 mins       Level: Easy


  • 600g herring fillets
  • A little milk
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 100g medium oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp sunflower or groundnut oil
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, cut into lardons


Brush the fish fillets with milk and season well.

Spread the oatmeal on a plate. Coat the herring in the oatmeal, pressing it onto the fish firmly.

Heat a large, heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil, then fry the bacon until crisp and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon.

Keeping the pan (and fat) over a medium heat, lay in the coated fillets flesh side down. Fry for a minute, then turn over and fry for one to two minutes more, until the skin under the oatmeal is golden.

Serve straight away with the bacon, some bread and butter and a salad; or, if you want to make a breakfast of it, with a fried egg on the side.


Fried herring

Serves: 2       Time: Approx. 10 mins       Level: Easy


  • 300g herring fillets
  • 1-2 tbsp plain flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 40g unsalted butter

Serve with:

  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Fresh herbs, to serve e.g. parsley, oregano or dill


Lightly dust the herring with flour and season on both sides.

Heat the olive oil in a pan. Once hot, carefully place the fish in the pan, skin side down.

Drop a small knob of butter on to each piece of fish. After 3-4 mins, turn over a fry for another 1 min, or until cooked through.



Herring, potato and watercress salad

Serves: 4       Time: Approx. 10 mins       Level: Easy


  • 400g small, waxy potatoes
  • 300g herring
  • 1 small shallot, peeled, halved and finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp dill fronds, chopped
  • 1 big handful watercress


For the dressing

  • ½ tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp freshly grated (or prepared) strong horseradish
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil, plus ½ tsp extra for the watercress
  • A good pinch of sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing (reserving the extra oil for the watercress). Taste and add a little more sugar if necessary.

Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and, when cooled just enough to handle, halve and toss in the dressing. Set aside to cool.

Lightly fry the herrings (see above recipe), and when cool enough to handle cut into bite-sized pieces and mix gently with the ­potatoes, shallot and dill. Dress the watercress with oil, turning it with your hands, and season. Divide the salad between four plates and spoon the potatoes and herring on top.



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