Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites

November/December 2010

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This Scandinavian-style appetizer is a good way to try pickled herring if you’ve never had it. The potent flavor of the herring is balanced by a dollop of sour cream and the potato slice it’s served on.

Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites

Makes: 40 pieces

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  • 6 new or baby red potatoes (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8-ounce container pickled herring fillets (see Note), drained
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • Fresh dill for garnish
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, add 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Put potatoes in the basket and steam until barely tender when pierced with a skewer, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size. Slice each potato into 1/4-inch-thick slices (discard the ends). Sprinkle the potato slices with salt.
  2. Cut herring fillets into pieces small enough to fit on a potato slice. Place one piece of herring on each potato slice, dollop each with about 1/8 teaspoon sour cream and sprinkle with red onion. Garnish with dill and a grinding of pepper.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  • Note: Pickled herring are herring that have been cured in salt, rinsed and then packed in a vinegar-based marinade that can be flavored with wine, mustard, sherry or cream—any flavor will work in the recipe. Look for it in jars or tubs in the seafood department at most supermarkets.


Per piece: 18 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 38 mg sodium; 5 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: free food

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