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.
- Whole salted herring
How to make, step-by-step:
- 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:
- Cut the head off right below fins:
- Cut the herring open:
- Remove insides:
- And clean inside using the knife:
- Cut herring along the spine:
- Carefully remove skin from both sides:
- 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:
- Detach spine with as much bones as you can from the other part of fillet:
- 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:
- 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):
Tips & Advises
- It is better to use cold water to clean hands and cooking utensils which were in contact with salted herring. In that way it is easier to remove fish smell.