Herring in Oil with Dill

Herring in Oil is a really common herring dish in Poland. It is usually prepared with onions, which is a basic recipe. Having said so I need to add, that there might be all kind of additions, you can have. Cooked beets, grated horseradish, garlic, dill, cream, grated apples, all go with herring very well. Let me present you simple and easy recipe for Herring in Oil with Dill. I made it for last Christmas Eve and believe me, dill add a freshness to this dish, this way it is easier accepted by people who are not so much for herring.

Christmas Eve in Poland- Wigilia is very much about herring. We prepare Christmas Eve supper meatless. We have always few kinds of herring (Kashubian Style, Herring Layered Salad), and other fish dishes: Carp in Aspic, Greek style Fish. Tap on the name of the dish to check detailed recipe for the dish that interests you.

Herring in Oil with Dill


  • 3 salted herring fillets (or herring marinated in oil)
  • milk for soaking (about 1 cup)
  • bunch dill
  • half cup of oil
  • 2 onions
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 4-7 all spice seeds
  • 5 bay leaves (preferably fresh ones)
  • 2-3 tablespoons vinegar

If you use salted herring fillets you need to get rid of the excess salt from it. This is why you need to put in the bowl with milk for about 2 hours to soak out the salt.

Note: If you use herring marinated in oil or in vinegar, you don’t need to soak it.

After that time rinse herring and dry fillets with paper towel. Cut them into smaller pieces, approximately one bite size. Pour vinegar over herring and set aside.

Chop onions. You can blanche onions for a minute in hot water, if you don’t like strong onion taste. I don’t do that – after a day of marinating of the dish, onions are soft and not so strong.

Leave some of dill for garnish and chop the rest of it.

Prepare a serving dish. The best would be to use small transparent bowl- this way all the layers would be nicely presented on the table.

Start assembling Herring in Oil with Dill. Place in a bowl: herring pieces, season with pepper, some onions, 1-2 all spice seeds, 1 bay leave and a generous amount of chopped dill. Continue to form 4-5 layers. Pour oil to the bowl, make sure it spreads evenly in a bowl. Cover with a lid and refrigerate over night.

You can enjoy them the next day, but they will stay fresh for even 2 weeks.

Enjoy! Smacznego! And have a great Christmas friends!

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