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How to Cook Herring Roe

Updated February 21, 2017

Light, creamy herring roe has a fishy flavour and a delicate texture. In Japanese culinary traditions, herring roe is served with rice as sushi. The Scandinavians use herring and herring roe in a variety of dishes. Herring is a strong tasting ocean fish that is rich in healthy fats and oils like omega-3 fatty acids. Cooking herring roe takes only a few minutes. Served on toast it makes a delicious appetizer or a full meal in itself.

Place 2 tbsp of butter or cooking oil in a frying pan. Place the pan on medium heat until the oil is hot. Butter stops bubbling right before it burns, so watch it carefully and add the herring roe before the butter burns.

Lay the herring roe into the hot butter or oil and cook it for four to six minutes. Add salt and pepper as desired.

Slide a spatula under the herring roe and flip them over. Cook for an additional two to four minutes. The total cooking time should be between six and eight minutes.

Remove the herring roe from the pan and place them on a serving plate or lay them over buttered toast for a tasty snack.

Things You'll Need

  • Frying pan
  • Oil or butter
  • Spatula
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Eulalia Palomo has been a professional writer since 2009. Prior to taking up writing full time she has worked as a landscape artist and organic gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University. She travels widely and has spent over six years living abroad.