Polish-Style Herring Delight


Immerse yourself in the savory and refreshing flavors of Poland with this traditional Polish-style Herring recipe. Known locally as "Śledź po Polsku," this dish combines the rich, silky textures of herring with a blend of aromatic spices and a tangy sauce. Perfect as an appetizer or a light meal, this recipe is a celebration of simple ingredients creating extraordinary taste.

Polish-Style Herring Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Marinate time: 12 hours
  • Total time: 12 hours 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving size: 2 herring fillets per person

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 190
  • Protein: 14g
  • Fat: 10g (of which Saturated: 2g)
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 870mg


  • Herring fillets (skinless and boneless) - 450g (1 pound)
  • White onions - 200g (2 medium onions, thinly sliced)
  • White vinegar - 120ml (4 ounces)
  • Water - 120ml (4 ounces)
  • Sugar - 15g (1 tablespoon)
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Allspice berries - 5
  • Black peppercorns - 10
  • Fresh dill - 20g (a small bunch, chopped)
  • Extra virgin olive oil - 60ml (2 ounces)

Method of Preparation

  1. In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, sugar, bay leaves, allspice berries, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  2. In a non-metallic dish, layer the herring fillets and sliced onions. Pour the cooled marinade over the herring, ensuring all pieces are covered. Sprinkle with chopped dill.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Remove the herring from the marinade and arrange on a serving plate. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with extra dill or onion slices if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Freshness Matters: Use the freshest herring you can find for the best flavor.
  • Slicing Onions: Slice the onions thinly for a delicate texture that complements the tender herring.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve chilled with dark rye bread or crackers to balance the tanginess of the marinade.


Q1: Can I use another type of vinegar?

  • A1: Yes, apple cider vinegar makes a good substitute, offering a slightly sweeter and milder flavor.

Q2: How long can I keep the marinated herring in the refrigerator?

  • A2: Properly stored, the herring can be kept for up to one week in the refrigerator.

Q3: Is this dish suitable for those with dietary restrictions?

  • A3: This dish is high in sodium and may not be suitable for those on a low-sodium diet. However, it is gluten-free and dairy-free.

Relish the rich heritage and robust flavors of Poland with this delightful Polish-style Herring. Whether it’s a festive occasion or a quiet night in, this dish promises a tantalizing journey for your taste buds. Enjoy the harmony of flavors and the cultural tapestry that each bite brings to your table!