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Herring Cake Recipe

Herring Cake

Credit: Christie Connelly

My Swedish friend Henrik gets excited about his mum making this dish when he goes Home for dinner. It’s traditionally served as part of a buffet meal or as an individually plated entrée. I have to admit it’s an acquired taste. I would like to try making it with smoked salmon instead of herring, as that’s a flavour I’m more used to. Having said that, it’s fun to try new dishes so I hope you give it a go with either variety of fish, as both are rich in omega-3s.

Serves: 4



  • Base
  • 3 slices rye bread
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

  • Filling
  • 500g jar pickled herring (250g drained weight of fish, reserve liquid)
  • 1½ tbsp grass-fed powdered gelatin
  • 1 red onion, peeled & grated
  • 300g sour cream
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp horseradish cream
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped chives
  • Sliced radishes & dill pickles, to serve
  1. First, make the base. Line 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin with baking paper. Add bread to food processor and blitz to crumbs. Add melted butter and blitz to combine. Press mixture very firmly into base of cake tin. Place in fridge to firm up while you make filling.
  2. Drain herring from liquid into measuring jug. It should be about 250mL; if less, top up with cold water then pour into small saucepan. Sprinkle over gelatin and leave for 5 mins. Stir well then heat over medium heat for 2–3 mins until gelatin melts and mixture is smooth — but don’t let it boil. Rub a bit between your fingers to check: it should feel smooth, not grainy. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add herring to food processor and pulse to finely chop. Don’t go too far and make it a paste. Add grated onion, sour cream, cream cheese, horseradish and pepper and blitz to combine. Add gelatin mixture and blitz again until smooth. Pour into cake mould and chill in fridge for 3 hours until firm.
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle top with thick layer of chives. To serve, slice into thin wedges and accompany with sliced radishes and dill cucumbers, if you like.


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.