Herrings in Oatmeal with Mustard

Herrings in Oatmeal with Mustard

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Serves 4

Preparation time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 10 minutes

Serves 4

In this delicious dish, crunchy-coated herrings are served with a piquant mustard sauce.

Nutritional Value per serving-
Calories 721 kcal/2997 kj; Protein 35.2 g; Carbohydrate 21.7 g of which sugars 0.6 g; Fat 55.4 g of which saturates 10.6 g; Salt 476 mg


15 ml/1 tbsp Dijon mustard 7.5 ml/1 ½ tsp tarragon vinegar 175 ml/ 6 fl oz thick mayonnaise 3 – 4 tbsps milk 4 herrings, gutted 1 lemon, halved 115g/4 oz medium oatmeal 60g/2 oz unsalted butter Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Beat the mustard and vinegar to taste into the mayonnaise. Chill lightly in the refrigerator.
  2. Place one fish at a time on a chopping board, cut side down and opened out. Press gently all along the backbone with your thumbs. Turn the fish over and carefully lift away the backbone and discard.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice over both sides of each fish then season with salt and pepper. Fold the fish in half, skin-side outwards.
  4. Put the milk in a shallow bowl and dip the fish into the bowl. Place the oatmeal on a shallow plate, then coat each herring evenly in the oatmeal, pressing it on gently with your fingers.
  5. Melt the butter in a heavy based frying pan until sizzling, add the herrings and cook in a medium heat for 4- 5 minutes on each side. Lift the herrings from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.
  6. Serve hot with the mustard sauce served separately.

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