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Herring with onion and apple

March 4, 2023 at 7:07:06 AM


2 h





About the Recipe

Herring is a fish that shows up on Polish tables during different occasions- weddings, Christmas or Easter. It is served in numerous ways, in many regional recipes and usually eaten as a quick appetizer, snack with a shot of vodka.

This recipe is one of the more traditional one but there are many ways to prepare it. The mix of flavors (salty, spice and sweet) is perfect to start the meal, especially with a side of a delicious Polish bread.

6 herrings fillet à la matjas
1 purple onion (chopped)
1/2 granny smith apple (chopped)
1 small or 1/2 big red sweet apple (chopped)
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
1 tbsp of lemon
1 hole allspices
2 tbsp of yogurt
1 scallions

Step 1

First, soak the fish in milk for at least 30 min, that makes them a bit less salty and softer. 

Step 2

While you soak the herring, finely chop the onions, apples and scallions. 

Step 3

Take the fillets out of the milk, pat them dry and cut them into 2 inch squares.
In a big bowl mix together all the ingredients, and pepper, vinegar, allspice and lemon.

Step 4

Add yogurt and mix everything. 
Put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. 
Garnish with scallions and serve cold with a piece of your favorite bread. 


Herrings need to be soaked, in water or milk, to remove some of the salt. The longer you soak the fish the less salty it will be.

Serve it with a delicious piece of bread with some butter.

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