Finnish Pickled Herring Bites Appetizer Recipe

Finnish Pickled Herring Bites Appetizer Recipe

This pickled herring recipe makes a great snack or a starter dish to put on a party tray for a gathering.  Pickled Herring can be difficult to find in the U.S- but Ikea does sell it in cans, as well as many other specialty or gourmet type stores.  You can sometimes even have luck finding it at Indian stores, although I haven’t looked into this personally. I also don’t think places like Trader Joes or Whole foods carry it.

Herring is extremely common in Finland, they practically have an entire aisle devoted to it.  Herring can be pickled with other ingredients added to it, or as a part of other sauces- for example in Finland they sell herring pickled with mayonnaise and mustard, with different types of onions and vegetables, with garlic,  sour cream, dill, and they even sell herring roe.

If you can’t find the herring, you can also substitute it with another pickled fish like salmon or tilapia, basically you can pickle them yourself in the refrigerator for a few days to achieve a similar taste.

Or you can purchase 4 jars of pickled herring below and have it delivered to your door!


Finnish Pickled Herring Bites Appetizer Recipe

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Finnish Pickled Herring Bites Appetizer Recipe

These Pickled Herring Bites make a delicious appetizer alongside other dishes. Each bite packs a mouthful of flavor!


6 small baby red potatoes
Dash salt, Dash pepper
1 small container pickled herring fillets
3 tablespoons sour cream ( you may substitute reduced fat if you like)
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
Fresh dill to garnish each bite


  1. Steam baby red potatoes in a saucepan filled with water- boiling for 15-20 minutes until each potato is mostly tender and can be pierced with a fork.
  2. Drain out water and cool potatoes a few minutes before touching.
  3. Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch slices, and salt/pepper each piece with a dash of salt and pepper.
  4. Cut herring (or other fish) into slices the same size as the potatoes.
  5. Place one piece of herring on each potato, add a dollop of sour cream, sprinkle with red onion, and garnish with a piece of fresh dill.
  6. Add additional pepper on each piece as desired.

Read more about herring here!

Herring and Fish Selections from Ikea.

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