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Herring with onion and apple


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. A bit salty and spicy, is offset by the sweetness of apples and created a pair with when served with a piece of Challah (Chałka in Polish).


  • 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)

  • pepper

  • 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. 

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