Creamed Herring Salad

Creamed herring salad recipe

​The Spruce / Katarina Zunic 

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Freeze Time: 60 mins
Total: 100 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
2379 Calories
117g Fat
167g Carbs
160g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 2379
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 117g 150%
Saturated Fat 40g 201%
Cholesterol 762mg 254%
Sodium 1170mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 167g 61%
Dietary Fiber 19g 67%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 160g
Vitamin C 66mg 328%
Calcium 827mg 64%
Iron 16mg 88%
Potassium 6304mg 134%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Creamed herring salad starts with pickled herring, a much-loved Eastern European treatment of this fish. Pickled herring are featured in oil, creamed, even fried, and appear at Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Carnival, Lent, weddings, baptisms, and on and on.

In Polish, this is known as sałatka śledziowa w śmietanie. In Russian, it's seledka pod smetannym, in Ukrainian, it's oseledetsʹ salat z vershkamy, in Lithuanian, it's kremas silkių salotos.

This herring salad is made with potatoes, hard-cooked eggs, and sour cream. Sometimes grated beets are added. It's often eaten as a main course and on fast days.


  • 2 large russet potatoes (peeled, cooked, and cooled)
  • 4 fillets herring (patted dry and finely chopped)
  • 1 medium (3" dia)

    tart apple (finely chopped)

  • 1 tablespoon red or yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 spear medium dill pickle (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 dash Dash pepper (to taste)
  • 1 large hard-cooked egg
  • (Optional) 5 sprigs Optional: fresh dill sprigs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for creamed herring
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  2. Dice the potatoes and place in a medium bowl.

    Dice the potatoes
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  3. Add finely chopped herring, apple, onion, and pickle, and mix well.

    Finely chopped herring
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  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together sour cream and vinegar and combine with herring and the other ingredients.

    Whisk sour cream and vinegar
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  5. Finely chop the egg white and transfer to the salad.

    Chop egg white
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  6. Crumble the egg yolk into the salad and mix well.

    Crumble egg yolk
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  7. The salad should be salty enough from the pickled herring, but add pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve and garnish with dill sprig, if desired.

    Creamed herring salad
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