Caribbean Fried (Sautéed) Smoked Herring Recipe

Smoked Herring
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3 servings fried smoked herring
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Frying or sautéeing is a favorite way to cook and eat smoked herring in the Caribbean.

Smoked herring in the Caribbean is salt-cured and smoked to preserve it. It is similar to salt fish which is made with cod.

One of the main differences when cooking these two treatments of fish is that smoked herring doesn't require an overnight soak to get rid of the saltiness. Usually, a 5- to 10-minutes boil does the trick.

When smoked herring is prepared this way, it can be eaten with rice, bread, bakes, roti or dumplings. It makes a great lunch or dinner dish.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces smoked herring fillets
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil like canola or vegetable
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • Minced hot pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 green onions sliced thinly, white and green parts

How to Make It

  1. Add the smoked herring fillets to a saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and drain thoroughly. Set aside.

  2. When cool enough to handle, chop fish into tiny pieces and set aside.

  3. Add oil to a skillet and heat.

  4. Toss in onions and sauté until translucent.

  5. Add tomatoes, hot pepper, garlic and thyme and continue to sauté for 1 minute.

  6. Add boiled and drained fish and toss to mix, cooking for 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and green onions and remove from heat.

  1. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 348
Total Fat 25 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Unsaturated Fat 13 g
Cholesterol 41 mg
Sodium 491 mg
Carbohydrates 21 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 12 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)