Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites

Scandinavian Pickled Herring Bites

This Scandinavian-style appetizer is a good way to try pickled herring if you’ve never had it. The potent flavor of the herring is balanced by a dollop of sour cream and the potato slice it’s served on.

From EatingWell: November/December 2010
Yield: 40 pieces
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  1. 6 new or baby red potatoes (about 12 ounces)
  2. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  3. 1 8-ounce container pickled herring fillets (see Note), drained
  4. 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  5. 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  6. Fresh dill for garnish
  7. Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, add 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Put potatoes in the basket and steam until barely tender when pierced with a skewer, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size. Slice each potato into 1/4-inch-thick slices (discard the ends). Sprinkle the potato slices with salt.
  2. Cut herring fillets into pieces small enough to fit on a potato slice. Place one piece of herring on each potato slice, dollop each with about 1/8 teaspoon sour cream and sprinkle with red onion. Garnish with dill and a grinding of pepper.

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 18 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 38 mg sodium; 5 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

0 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: free food