Wanna make this at home? You can purchase the same Alaska Herring fillets being used by Seattle’s top chefs for Alaska Herring Week from Central Coop on Capitol Hill, Freshy’s Seafood Market on Mercer Island, Old Ballard Liquor Co. in Ballard, and Wild Salmon Seafood Market at Fisherman’s Terminal! Once you’ve done that, here’s the recipe:
Marinated Herring with Pickled Vegetables
- 1 qt. soy sauce
- 1 qt. rice vinegar
- ½ qt. fish sauce
- 7 Thai chilies, sliced
- 3 T ginger paste
- Herring fillets, thawed and trimmed if necessary
To make ginger paste, combine 4 oz. minced ginger, 1 oz. minced garlic, 1 oz. minced shallot, 3 tbs. fish sauce, ¼ cup canola oil, and 1 tsp. salt in food processor. Run until smooth.
Place herring filets in marinade with a plate or something to weigh them down so they are completely submerged. Chill 48 hours, stirring the filets once to make sure that all surfaces of the filets are in contact with the brine. Drain filets, discarding brine.
Plate as you desire! Have fun with it!