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How to fillet a Salted Herring

June 20th, 2009 in Tips, Advices & How-to by
Total cooking time: 15min
How to Clean Herring

Many of you probably wonder why you would even want to clean and skin the salted herring yourself (ya, it is messy and doesn’t look all that yammi on the pictures below) if you can get cleaned, skinned, filleted, portion herring from the closest supermarket.

The answer is simple, herring fillets from the shop are most probably prepared with oil or/and vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, onions and other tasty things, however all those tasty things change taste of herring. Which is somewhat important if you want to prepare tasty herring salad.

Well if you are lucky enough to find pickled herring fillets cured only with salt (and a bit of herbs) in your nearby shop then you can skip this post in a favor of better looking recipes. All others, who really want to know how to get fillets from whole salted herrings, are welcome to read.

List of the Salads & Other Recipes to prepare which you will need fillets of salted herring.

Ingredients:


How to make, step-by-step:

  1. Take whole herring pickled in salt (I usually get it from the local russian shop). You will also need paper towels (believe me, you do!). So take salted herring and put in on the several layers of paper towels:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 1
    How to Clean Herring: Step 1
  2. Cut the head off right below fins:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 2
    How to Clean Herring: Step 2
  3. Cut the herring open:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 3
    How to Clean Herring: Step 3
  4. Remove insides:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 4
    How to Clean Herring: Step 4
  5. And clean inside using the knife:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 5
    How to Clean Herring: Step 5
  6. Cut herring along the spine:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 6
    How to Clean Herring: Step 6
  7. Carefully remove skin from both sides:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 7
    How to Clean Herring: Step 7
  8. Cut the tail off and carefully detach herring fillet from the bones. I know it is easier to say then to do (especially when you do it first time in your life), and most probably you will pull some bones with fillet, it is ok, you can fix it later on:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 8
    How to Clean Herring: Step 8
  9. Detach spine with as much bones as you can from the other part of fillet:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 9
    How to Clean Herring: Step 9
  10. And remove big bones from the prepared fillets by hands. I know if it not much fun, but believe me the taste is worth it:
    How to Clean Herring: Step 10
    How to Clean Herring: Step 10
  11. Now fillets of salted herring are ready for the further use (to prepare herring salad or to be eaten with bread and onions as an appetizer):
    How to Clean Herring
    How to Clean Herring

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Brenda

Thank you for these recipes. I love Ukrainian foods. When I was in Poltava, Ukraine I used to go to the bakery and purchase these very delicious mushroom tarts. I have been searching for a recipe that comes close so I can make them. Please let me know if you have a recipe like that.

John waites

Can you tell me the Jewish name for salted herring

Nabi

thank u for ur showing how to fillet a Salted Herring

Milla

thank you. finaly russian cooking site!

Walentina

k soshaleniu poka ne mogu goworit po angliiski.
Ja sdes t.e v Fort Collins na 2,5 mesjaza, chotela prigotovit naschim ami-drusjam schubu ne snau gde kupit seledku. Stala iskat po inetu seledku i naschla rodnenkii rezept.

Nu poka.

walentina