30 Easy Canned Herring Recipes

Canned Herring Recipes

Best-Ever canned herring!

Keep these easy canned herring ideas and recipes in your back pocket to pull out on a busy day.

Here are 30 simple tinned herring recipes that are more than just casseroles or salads.

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Canned Herring Recipes

These canned herring recipes will get dinner – or a snack – on the table fast!

1. Garlic Canned Herring Linguine Recipe

Best Canned Herring Recipes - Garlic Linguine

The garlic-seasoned main dish calls for handy pantry ingredients, including pasta and canned herring. Serve it with asparagus.


  • 1 package (16 ounces) linguine
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) herring, drained, bones and skin removed
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Cook linguine according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat through. Add linguine; toss gently to combine.

2. Canned Herring Chowder Recipe

Best Canned Herring Recipes Chowder

You can’t help but fill up on this creamy, cheese-y herring chowder. It’s perfect on a cold or a warm day.


  • 2 cups cauliflowerets
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) herring, drained, skin and bones removed
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cauliflower and water. Microwave, covered, on high for 4-5 minutes or until tender, stirring once.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add celery and green onions; cook and stir until tender. Stir in flour, salt and dill until blended; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in herring, peas and cauliflower; heat through. Stir in cheeses until melted. Serve immediately.

3. Avocado Canned Herring Sandwich Recipe

Canned herring sandwich recipe

Skip the mayo and use avocado instead!


  • 2 (5 ounce) cans herring
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/3 cup celery finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons red onion minced, about 2 small slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, combine herring, celery, and onion.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the avocado. Then mix thoroughly with the fish and vegetables.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper). Serve immediately or cover and chill until serving.

4. Mexican Canned Herring Avocado Boats Recipe

Canned herring avocado boat recipe

For a grain-free, paleo-friendly way to serve herring salad, skip the sandwich bread, and opt for an avocado boat.

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 (5 oz.) cans herring
  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1/3 cup celery finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red onion minced, about 2 small slices
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, combine herring, celery, and onion.
  2. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit.
  3. Fill the avocado halves with the filling
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or cover and chill until serving.

5. Canned Herring Patties Recipe

Canned Herring Patties

Made with canned herring, these patties are good hot or cold. I usually serve them on buns with slices of ripe tomato, sweet red onion, and red and green bell pepper.


  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (6 oz.) herring
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup bread crumbs, green onions, red pepper, egg, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder and cayenne; fold in herring.
  2. Place remaining bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Divide mixture into eight portions; shape into 2-in. balls. Gently coat in bread crumbs and shape into 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add herring cakes; cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes on each side.

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6. Canned Herring Alfredo Casserole Recipe

Best Canned Herring Recipes Alfredo Casserole

Tuna casserole is the ultimate in comfort food—but when it’s made with herring and updated with some pesto and fancy pasta, it’s also fun to make (and eat)! Not including the salt for the pasta water or the cooking spray (these are really pantry items), this five-ingredient herring Alfredo casserole recipe is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight.


  • Kosher salt
  • 3 cups mafalda, mostaccioli, or penne pasta
  • 1 (10-ounce) container refrigerated cheese or Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade basil pesto
  • 12 ounces canned herring, drained and chopped
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. 
  2. Cook the pasta according to directions, taking one minute off the cooking time. When the pasta is almost al dente, drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, combine Alfredo sauce and the pesto in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Add the cooked pasta and herring, mixing gently.
  4. Pour the herring mixture into a greased 2-quart glass baking dish and top with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is hot.

7. Canned Herring Mousse Cups Recipe

Canned Herring Mousse Cups

I make these tempting little tarts frequently for parties. They disappear at an astonishing speed, so I usually double or triple the recipe. The herring-cream cheese filling and flaky crust will melt in your mouth.


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (6 oz.) herring
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add flour and mix well. Shape into 24 balls; press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased miniature muffin cups.
  2. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the herring, broth, sour cream, onion, lemon juice and salt until blended. Spoon into the shells. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with dill.

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8. Canned Herring Pasta Casserole Recipe

Pasta with Herring and Tomato Sauce

A quick trip under the broiler gives this pasta bake a melty Parmesan.


  • 1 can (10 oz.) cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups yolk-free noodles, cooked
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (5 oz.) water-packed herring
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, combine soup and milk until smooth. Add the noodles, peas, herring, and tomatoes; mix well.
  • Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25 minutes. Toss bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top. Bake 5 minutes longer or until golden brown.

9. Canned Herring Party Spread Recipe

Best Canned Herring Recipes Party Spread

Eating healthy at a party isn’t so bad!


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (7-1/2 ounces) herring, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • Finely chopped pecans or additional parsley
  • Crackers


  1. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients
  2. Stir until well blended.
  3. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl; if desired, sprinkle with pecans or parsley.
  5. Serve with crackers.

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10. Canned Herring Baked Empanadas Recipe

Canned Herring Empanada Recipe

Made with canned herring, these baked empanadas are good hot or cold.


  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 2 bell peppers red and green, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 3 cans herring (15 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • ½ cup of olives sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of capers
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Filling Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onions, peppers, crushed garlic, and paprika. Cook until golden the onions and peppers are soft and start to brown, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Add the herring, mix and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir as needed.
  3. Add the oregano, sliced olives, capers, and lemon juice. Mix well, taste and add salt/pepper to taste. Cook for a few minutes, then remove from heat and let the herring fish mix cool down before using to fill the empanadas.


  1. Place a large spoonful of the herring filling on the center of each empanada disc
  2. Fold the empanada discs and gently seal the edges with your fingers. Twist and fold the edges of the empanadas with your fingers. You can also use a fork to press down and seal the edges.
  3. Chill the empanadas for at least an hour, this will help them seal better and prevent them for opening while baking


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Brush the empanadas with the egg wash before baking; this helps them achieve that nice golden finish when baked
  3. Bake the empanadas for 18-20 minutes or until golden on top
  4. Serve the empanadas alone or with a dipping sauce

11. Canned Herring Burritos

Canned Herring Recipes - Mackerel Burritos

Everyone should know how to make canned herring burritos.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 425g can herring, drained
  • 410g can crushed tomatoes
  • 8 burrito tortillas
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, to serve
  • Diced avocado, to serve
  • Sour cream, to serve
  • Select all ingredients


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 6cm deep, 20cm x 28cm (base) baking dish.
  2. Heat oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Add herring and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes or until heated through.
  3. Spoon herring mixture onto tortillas. Roll up to enclose filling. Place, seam side down, in prepared dish. Sprinkle over cheese. Bake burritos for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is golden.
  4. Serve herring burritos with coriander, avocado and sour cream.

12. Canned Herring Sushi Rolls

Canned Herring Recipes - Canned Mackerel Sushi

Sooo easy!


  • 1 can (5 ounces) herring in water, drained
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 sheets of nori (a traditional Japanese ingredient)
  • 5 cups cooked sushi rice
  • 4 leaves butter lettuce, washed
  • 4 sticks cut English cucumber
  • Soy sauce for serving
  • Pickled ginger for serving


  1. Mix the canned herring, mayonnaise, sesame oil, a pinch of salt and, if you like, chili oil. You can adjust the spiciness to your taste and then set it aside.
  2. Prepare the nori: Place a bamboo mat on a cutting board, and put a full sheet of nori on the mat with the rough side facing up.
  3. Using wet hands, spread sushi rice across the nori sheet evenly, except for an inch at the top. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the sushi rice.
  4. Assemble the sushi: Arrange a spoonful of the herring mixture, a stick of cucumber and a leaf of lettuce across the rice.
  5. To roll, pull up the side of the bamboo mat nearest to you and fold it over the fillings.
  6. Pull back the edge of the mat and continue to roll tightly until the whole roll is complete.
  7. Cut: Let your canned herring sushi rest for a few minutes before cutting it into eight pieces with a sharp, wet knife. (This will prevent the rice from sticking and give you clean, even cuts.)

13. Canned Herring Ball Puttanesca with Spaghetti

Canned Herring Recipes - Mackerel Ball Puttanesca with Spaghetti

A new twist on the classic spaghetti we all know and love.


  • 425g canned herring, well drained, flaked
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old bread)
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh continental parsley, plus extra, to serve
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 anchovy fillets
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp drained baby capers
  • 1/2-1 tsp dried chilli flakes, to taste
  • 120g pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes
  • 380g fresh spaghetti
  • Select all ingredients


  1. Place the herring, breadcrumbs, rind, egg and 2 tbs of the parsley in a bowl. Season and stir well to combine. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls.
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook herring balls, turning, for 6-7 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to low. Add the anchovies to the pan and stir to break up. Add the garlic, capers and chilli. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until aromatic. Stir in olive and remaining parsley. Add the tomato. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes or until thickened slightly. Add the herring balls. Cook, covered, for 3-4 minutes or until warmed through. Season.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1⁄4 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta and 1 tbs cooking liquid to the saucepan over low heat.
  4. Add the herring balls and sauce to the pasta. Cook, tossing gently, for 1-2 minutes or until combined, adding the remaining cooking liquid if needed. Sprinkle with the extra parsley before serving.

14. Canned Herring Tacos

Canned Herring Recipes - Tacos

Canned herring is the new taco meat. This no cook recipe is perfect for dinner — year round.


  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) can herring, well-drained
  • 4 hard or soft corn tortillas


  1. Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, cream, and lemon or lime juice.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the onions and cilantro. Set this garnish and the cream sauce aside for the moment.
  3. Heat oil in a small pan and sauté the herring, stirring often, until the herring is heated through and very slightly browned. Take the pan off the heat.
  4. If using soft tortillas, heat a griddle over high heat and place them on it. Heat the tortillas, turning once or twice in the process, until they are very hot. For hard taco shells, place them on a baking sheet and heat until crispy.
  5. Place 1/4 of the herring mixture onto each tortilla, then top each with some of the onion-cilantro mix, and a drizzle of cream sauce.
  6. Serve tacos immediately. Offer Mexican table sauce, bottled hot sauce, or other condiments of your choice.

Optional: Top with guacamole and shredded cheddar cheese

15. Spicy Korean Canned Herring Stew

Canned Herring Recipes - Spicy Korean Stew with Canned Mackerel

Get your canned herring on.


  • 2 (32 oz.) cans of herring
  • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 large long hot green chili peppers, sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 2 tablespoons gochu-garu (Korean hot pepper flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • lettuce leaves
  • apple ssamjang


  1. Spread the onion on the bottom of a shallow pan. Add half of the sliced green chili peppers over top.
  2. Add the herring, hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, and 1½ cup of water.
  3. Cover the lid and cook for 10 minutes over medium high heat
  4. Open and stir it with a wooden spoon to mix it up
  5. Stir in the garlic, green onion, and the rest of the chopped green chili pepper
  6. Let it cook another 3 to 5 minutes uncovered, to thicken the stew.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve right away with rice, lettuce, and ssamjang.

16. Canned Herring Nachos Supreme

Canned Herring Recipes - Canned Mackerel Nachos

Seriously delicious!


  • 8 oz. tortilla chips
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 oz (1 can) herring in water
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/4 large red onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F
  2. Spread tortilla chips out on a large baking sheet or cast-iron and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake until the cheese is melted —about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, drain your herring and add it to a large bowl. Add olive oil and use a fork to break it down.
  4. Dice red onion and smash avocado in a separate bowl. Add red onion, smashed avocado, lime juice, and salt and mix well to combine.
  5. Remove cheesy chips from the oven and add herring on top.

Optional toppings: Jalapeno slices, diced tomato, chopped cilantro, sour cream, feta cheese

17. Canned Herring Rice Paper Rolls

Canned Herring Recipes - Canned Mackerel Rice Paper Rolls

Easy, healthy, and tasty!


  • 16 round (22cm-diameter) rice-paper sheets
  • 50g alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cans of herring, drained
  • 3 green shallots, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, coarsely grated
  • Soy dipping sauce


  1. Soak 1 rice-paper sheet in a dish of warm water for 30 seconds or until soft and pliable (don’t soak the sheet for too long or it will tear). Drain on paper towel and transfer to a clean work surface.
  2. Place a little of the alfalfa, mint, avocado, cucumber, herring, shallot and carrot along the center of the sheet.
  3. Fold the sheet in ends and roll up tightly to enclose the filling and form a cigar shape. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Serve with Thai (or your favorite) dipping sauce.

18. Canned Herring Burgers

Canned Herring Recipes - Lemon Dill Burger

This lemon-dill canned herring burger recipe will save you so much time (and money!)


  • 1 (14 oz.) can herring, drained
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Zest and 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes


  1. In a large bowl, combine herring with egg, bread crumbs, garlic, lemon zest and juice, dill, dijon, Worcestershire and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and stir until fully combined, then form into 3 to 4 patties.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add patties and cook until golden, about 4 minutes on each side.
  3. Serve patties on buns with mayonnaise, romaine, tomatoes, and onions.

19. Kale & Canned Herring Caesar Salad

Canned Herring Recipes - Cesar Salad

Chicken caesars are over.


  • 8 oz bowtie pasta 
  • 6 oz chopped kale
  • 14 oz can herring
  • 2 large hard boiled eggs (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup (or to taste) creamy Caesar dressing


  1. Cook the bowtie pasta according to the package directions, then drain in a colander.
  2. Meanwhile, roughly chop the kale into small pieces, removing any large pieces of stem. Place the chopped kale in a bowl. Once the pasta is drained, add it to the kale and stir to let the residual heat slightly wilt the kale.
  3. Drain the canned herring and remove the skin and bones (if included), breaking the meat into bite-sized chunks as you go. Peel and dice the hard boiled eggs.
  4. Add the herring chunks, diced hard boiled eggs, and shredded Parmesan to the kale and pasta. Drizzle with Caesar dressing, then toss to coat everything in the dressing. Divide into four portions for meal-sized salads, or six smaller side-salad servings.

20. Canned Herring Fried Rice

Canned Herring Recipes - Fried Rice

Canned herring fried rice! Comes together in minutes. Sooo easy!


  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2/3 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups day old cooked white rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups canned herring in large chunks
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced, including the greens
  • 2 sprigs cilantro (garnish)


  1. Mix brown sugar with soy sauce: Dissolve the brown sugar in the soy sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Sauté onion and and bell pepper, add garlic, ginger: Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan or wok on medium high heat. Add the diced red onion and bell pepper and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the garlic and grated ginger. Cook for a minute more.
  4. Add eggs, then rice: Add the beaten eggs and stir until just cooked. Add the cooked rice, increase the heat to medium high and cook for a couple minutes more, stirring often.
  5. Add the herring, peas, and green onions. Stir/fold gently so you don’t break up the herring too much.
  6. Stir in the soy sauce mixture and remove from heat.

21. Canned Herring Ceviche

Canned Herring Recipes - Ceviche


  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 to 1 1/2 limes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 7 oz can herring packed in water (5.1 oz drained)
  • 1 medium seeded plum tomato, finely diced
  • 2  tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (keep seeds for spicy) or you can use pickled
  • 3 drops Tabasco sauce, optional
  • 2 oz sliced avocado, 1/2 medium haas


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the red onion, pinch of kosher salt, juice of 1 lime and olive oil.
  2. Mix in the chopped cilantro, jalapeño, drained herring, tomato, and Tabasco, if using.
  3. Taste for salt and lime juice, adjust as needed (I used 1 1/2 limes).
  4. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 20 minutes to let the flavors blend.
  5. To serve, top with fresh sliced avocado and serve.

22. Canned Herring Rangoon

Make this takeout favorite at home with the help of canned herring. Wonton wrappers are filled with a cream cheese and herring mixture and deep fried until golden-brown. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Canned Herring Recipes - Rangoon

23. Easy Canned Herring Pizza

This tasty and easy canned herring pizza idea is amazing all year round. You may make your own dough, use store-bought or perhaps tortilla. Whatever you choose it is absolutely amazing.

Canned Herring Recipes - Mackerel Pizza

24. Easy Canned Herring Tart

Canned Herring Recipes Tart

Sooo easy!



  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon cold cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces 1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 4 ounces cold cream cheese cut into small pieces


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped fine
  • 1 cup good quality canned herring in olive oil broken into small pieces
  • 2 cups spinach cooked and cut into pieces make sure all excess water has been squeezed from the spinach
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine water and vinegar in a small bowl. Combine flour and salt in another bowl. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut butter and cream cheese into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining.
  • Add water mixture to dough in a slow, steady stream, stirring, until mixture just begins to hold together. (Alternatively, pulse ingredients in a food processor.) Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Press dough into a disk. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour or overnight.
  • Add olive oil to frying pan on medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and lightly colored (about 7 minutes). Be sure to stir the onions occasionally. Add thyme, salt, and some crushed pepper. Towards end of the cooking, add in the herring and spinach. Cook for about another 2 minutes.
  • While this cooks, in a medium sized bowl whisk eggs with cream and milk. Add a little salt and pepper. Stir in the cooled herring mixture.
  • Roll dough to fit your chosen tart pan, then drape dough in pan. Neatly press dough up the sides of the pan and shape it. Set it on a sheet pan.  Pour in the egg mixture. Place the tart pan over a foil lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the tart is golden brown and the filling is set. Check tart at about 30 minutes. If the tart shell is browning too much, cover the tart with foil paper for the rest of the baking time. Let tart cool before removing from tart pan or slice directly in the tart pan when warm.

25. Canned Herring Stuffed Mushrooms

These melt-in-your-mouth stuffed mushrooms can be served by themselves as appetizers or alongside a veggie side dish to make a meal. Mushrooms are stuffed with a creamy, cheesy mixture, that includes canned herring and shrimp, and topped with a crunchy bread crumb topping. 

Canned Herring Recipes - Stuffed Mushrooms

26. Creamy Herring Stuffed Shells

Canned Herring Recipes - Stuffed Shells


  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) herring, drained
  • 1 package (5 ounces) frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plus 4 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute green pepper and onion in 1 teaspoon butter until tender; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine herring, shrimp, egg, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, pepper and green pepper mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Drain and rinse pasta; stuff each shell with 1 rounded tablespoon of seafood mixture. Place in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and coarsely ground pepper; gradually whisk in remaining milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
  6. Pour over stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining seafood seasoning. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.

27. Canned Herring Macaroni Salad

Herring Macaroni Salad is economical and feeds many. This classic pasta salad idea really is an entire meal in one!

Canned Herring Recipes - Macaroni Salad

28. Canned Herring Breakfast Hash

Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! This classic breakfast idea is made better with coastal additions like herring and Old Bay Seasoning.

Canned Herring Recipes - Hash

29. Canned Herring Tortellini Gratin

Canned Herring Recipes - Tortellini


  • 1(9-oz.) pkg. refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 1/2cups frozen broccoli florets, large pieces cut up
  • 1(10-oz.) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
  • 1(5-oz.) can water-packed herring, drained, flaked
  • 1tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4cup Progresso™ Italian Style Bread Crumbs


  1. Cook tortellini to desired doneness as directed on package, adding broccoli during last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain; return to saucepan.
  2. Add Alfredo sauce and herring; mix well. Cook and stir over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Spoon into ungreased shallow 1-quart casserole or gratin dish. In small bowl, combine butter and crumbs; mix well. Sprinkle over top.
  3. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

30. Open Faced Green Herring Melts

Canned Herring Recipes - Open Faced Tuna Melts

Green and healthy canned herring melts. Top with bacon, avocado, extra cheese or your favorite green salad dressing. Your call.

Canned Herring FAQs

What does canned herring taste like?

Small herring have a delicate flavor, while larger fish have a fuller, oilier flavor. The overall taste of the fish, however, lies in how it is cooked. Sardines and herring are more assertive, while mackerel is milder and buttery, but they can all be used in similar ways.

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