RECIPE: Poppy Presents Alaska Herring with Radish and Charred Scallion Salad, and Radish Green Salsa Verde

Alaska Herring with radish and charred scallion salad, and radish green salsa verde, from Poppy for Alaska Herring Week. Photo courtesy Poppy.

Introducing Alaska Herring with radish and charred scallion salad, and radish green salsa verde, from Poppy on Capitol Hill for Alaska Herring Week.

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:

Alaska Herring with radish and charred scallion salad and radish green salsa verde

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds Alaska herring fillets
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 scallion, coarsely chopped

For Brine:

  • 2 quart water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt

For Salsa Verde:

  • 1 cup radish greens
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ¼ cup snipped chives
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup olive oil

For Radish Salad:

  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • ½ cup thinly sliced fennel bulb

Brine Fish

Stir water and salt until salt is dissolved. Soak the herring in this brine for 24 hours. (Note: this is not a bone softening brine, as the pressure cooking in the next step will accomplish that.)

Pressure Cook

Put ½ cup water, ginger, and chopped scallion in the bottom of an electric pressure cooker. Lightly oil squares of parchment paper. Set a small rack in the cooker, cover with a piece of parchment and stack the herring fillets on top, placing a piece of parchment between each layer. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Release steam, open the cooker, carefully pull up the rack and place in a refrigerator until chilled.

Salsa Verde

Put all ingredients except oil in a food processor. While the machine is running, slowly pour in the oil.

Radish Salad

Preheat a grill until very hot. Toss the scallions with the oil. Grill until very charred and blackened. Cool and coarsely chop.

In a mixing bowl whisk the vinegar with the honey and salt. Toss in the radishes, fennel and charred scallion.

Serving

Lightly brush the herring with olive oil. Grill the fillets skin side up until marked and warmed through. Arrange the radish salad on serving plates. Place the gilled herring skin side down beside the salad and top with a spoonful of the salsa verde.

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RECIPE: Lemon Dill Herring from Central Coop’s Deli!

Lemon Dill Herring from Central Coop’s Deli for Alaska Herring Week 2017. Photo courtesy Central Coop.

Meet Lemon Dill Herring from Central Coop’s Deli for Alaska Herring Week 2017, available all week from their deli counter!

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! In fact, Central Coop’s Meat & Seafood Department has pre-brined Alaska herring fillets available, if you want to skip the brining step! Once you’ve done that, here’s the recipe:

Bone Softening Brine

  • 1 cup vinegar, white wine, organic (org)
  • .5 cup water
  • 4 fl oz lemon juice, fresh

Combine liquids (enough for about 2 pounds of fillets — adjust proportionally, as needed)

Brine fillets for 3-4 hours (test one fillet for bones, if not soft enough, brine longer)

Pour off brine

Soak brined fillets in ice water for 30 minutes

Lemon Dill Herring

  • 15 lb Alaska herring fillet
  • 1 cup oil, sunflower/olive blend org
  • 2 tsp salt, sea
  • 2 tsp black pepper, ground, org
  • 1 cup lemon juice, org
  • 2 bunch dill, fresh org
  • 4 ea lemons org, sliced for garnish

(Note: ingredients for marinade based on Deli’s 15 pounds of herring. Reduce proportionally, as needed.)

Heat up charbroiler/grill.

Combine oil, dill, salt and pepper and lemon juice.

Place brined and drained herring onto pan and brush on the marinade.

Spray charbroiler with oil.

Sear for about 2 minutes on each side, until herring is crackling.

Garnish with lemon slices.

 

Cafe Juanita Presents: Alaskan Herring in Saor on Hearth Bread crostini with shaved fennel

Alaskan herring in Saor on Hearth Bread crostini with shaved fennel from Cafe Juanita for Alaska Herring Week 2017. Photo courtesy Cafe Juanita.

Did you know that Alaska Herring Week 2017 features no less than eight James Beard Award winners? From James Beard Award winner, Cafe Juanita, in Kirkland, we have Alaskan herring in Saor on Hearth Bread crostini with shaved fennel for Alaska Herring Week 2017.

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:

Recipe: Herring in Saor on Crostini with Shaved Fennel

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. salt
  • 1 gallon water
  • 10 ea. herring filets
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 ½ c. Champagne vinegar
  • 8 large shallots, cut into ¼” rings
  • 1 c. pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. Fennel seeds, toasted and coarsely ground
  • 2 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 loaf, day old, sour dough bread, cut into 10 large slices, 1/8th inch thick
  • 1 whole head of fennel, shaved into thin slices
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

To prepare the herring filets and place them ‘en saor:’

  1. Combine the water and salt and whisk until the salt dissolves to make a brine.
  2. Place the herring filets in the brine. Cover the container and place in refrigeration for 2 days.
  3. Combine the raisins and the champagne vinegar together and leave to plump, at room temperature, for at least one hour.
  4. Remove the herring filets from the water and pat dry with paper towels until all the filets are completely dry.
  5. Heat a large sauté pan on medium to high heat. Once it is hot add about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Place the herring in the pan skin side down. Only put enough herring in the pan that they are in one layer in the pan with about an inch between filets. You will have to cook them in batches.
  6. Once the herring are crispy on the skin side, about 1-2 minutes, flip them over and cook them on the flesh side for about another 2 minutes. Place them, skin side up in a shallow container that can hold all the filets. It is perfectly great if you need to stack the herring fillets in a few layers.
  7. Once all of the herring fillets are cooked and stacked in the shallow container, heat up a clean medium sauté pan over medium heat.
  8. Add about 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil and the sliced shallots.
  9. Turn the heat down to medium low and let the shallots sweat for about 5-7 minutes or until they are translucent and soft. Stir often.
  10. Add the champagne vinegar, golden raisins, pine nuts, ground fennel seeds and the 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil to the shallots.
  11. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then pour the mixture over the herring filets.
  12. Make sure the herring are completely covered with the mixture. If the level of liquid does not cover the herring, add enough of the extra virgin olive oil so that all the fillets are completely covered.
  13. Leave the counter out of refrigeration until it cools to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 days.
  14. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

To make the crostini and assemble the dish:

  1. Place the slices of sourdough bread onto a sheet tray and brush with extra virgin olive oil. Season the slices with a little kosher salt.
  2. Place the sourdough slices in the preheated oven and cook until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix the shaved fennel with 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil and 1 tsp. of the lemon juice. Season to taste with kosher salt. Keep in the bowl until ready to serve.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, add the chopped parsley, ¼ c of extra virgin olive oil and 2 tsp. of the lemon juice. Keep in the bowl until ready to serve.
  5. Right before serving, place the herring filets, in the shallow container, in the oven. Leave in the oven just until the olive oil has melted, being careful not to heat up the herring filets, 2-3 minutes.
  6. On a platter or on individual plates, place the sourdough crostini.
  7. Gently remove the herring filets from the container. Drain some of the excess olive oil off and place them directly on top of the crostini.
  8. Spoon some of the shallot mixture on top of the herring filets, making sure to also get a generous amount of the pine nuts and raisins.
  9. Place some of the shaved fennel on top of the filets and spoon the parsley mixture on top of the fennel and around the platter or plate.

RECIPE: Swedish Pickled Herring Plate from Old Ballard Liquor Co.

Swedish Pickled Herring Plate from Old Ballard Liquor Co. for Alaska Herring Week. Photo courtesy Old Ballard Liquor Co.

The Swedish Pickled Herring Plate from Old Ballard Liquor Co. for Alaska Herring Week, features pickled herring five ways. While the perfect Midsommar treat, it is available year-round at Old Ballard, though flavors may vary. Wanna make this at home? At Old Ballard Liquor Co., you can also purchase the same Alaska Herring fillets being used by Seattle’s top chefs for Alaska Herring Week! Once you’ve done that, here’s the recipe:

Swedish Pickled Herring Plate (Allow 7 days)

Step 1: Salt the Herring

Make a 25% salt brine using the following proportions, and scale up to whatever quantity is needed:

25g Salt per 100mls of Water

Bring the solution to a boil until the salt dissolves, and then cool in the refrigerator to 35-40 degrees.

Refrigerate and brine the herring fillets in the salt brine for three days.

Step 2: Make the Herring Pickle Brine

Add the following ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally:

  • 1 C Water
  • 2 C White Sugar
  • 2 C Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 Tbl Allspice Berries
  • 4 ea Crumbled Bay Leaves
  • 1 Clove

Turn off the heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.  Do not remove spices.  Chill overnight to 35-40 degrees. Brine can be refrigerated and should be used within 60 days.

Step 3: Soak and Peel the Herring

  • Soak the salted herring for one hour in fresh, cold water
  • Change the water and soak the herring for a second hour.
  • Peel the skin off of the fillets and trim off any large rib bones or bruised portions.

Step 3: Pickle the Herring

Cut the fillets into serving size pieces

Drain the water, put the pieces into a plastic or glass (nonreactive) container and cover with pickling brine.

Refrigerate and allow to pickle for a minimum of three days

Step 4: Flavored Pickled Herring

In a clean, dry container, layer the pickled herring with spices, fruit or vegetables.  Cover with fresh brine and allow to sit for a minimum of 24 hours.

  •     Onion Herring
  •     Lemon Herring
  •     Dill Herring
  •     Nectarine-Cardamom Herring
  •     Etc…

Step 5: Cream Herrings

For cream herrings, drain the pickled herring well and make a cream of:

  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • Powdered spices to taste

Mix the cream with the herring and refrigerate.

  •     Sour Cream
  •     Curry Cream
  •     Horseradish Cream
  •     Garlic Cream
  •     Etc…

RECIPE: Teriyaki Herring Sandwich from Mean Sandwich

Teriyaki herring sandwich from Mean Sandwich for Alaska Herring Week 2017. Photo courtesy Mean Sandwich.

Ballard’s Mean Sandwich presents a Teriyaki Herring Sandwich with vegan kimchi and burnt scallion mayo for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Once you have fallen in love with it, you can use the recipe below to make it at home. (Pick up Alaska Herring fillets from nearby Old Ballard Liquor Co. or Wild Salmon Seafood Market.)

Teriyaki Herring Sandwich Recipe:

Brine:

  • 1 C rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 C water

Mix ingredients. Soak fillets for 2-2.5 hours. Rinse. Pat dry. Transfer to teriyaki sauce for additional 1/2-1hr.

Teriyaki sauce:

  • 1 C Soy sauce
  • 1/2 C mirin
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 knob ginger, chopped
  • 1 bu Scallion
  • 8 pc dried red chilies

Cook until viscous and flavors are married. Strain, cool.

Kimchi (make more save for later):

  • 6 head napa cabbage
  • 1 bu scallions
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 C salt
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/4 C kochukaru
  • 2 T red miso or ssamjang

Chop napa cabbage and add salt and sugar, let sit for an hour or two. (Can sit up to 24hrs) Add remaining ingredients, mix thoroughly and put in airtight container preferably on counter top for 3 days then transfer to refrigerator. The mixture can also just go directly into the fridge. It will just take longer to jumpstart. Wait minimum 1 week. The longer the wait the more sour the kimchi.

Burnt scallion mayo:

  • 1bu scallions, green and white separated.
  • 2 C mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Grill, griddle or torch scallion bottoms until literally black. Reserve. Chop scallion tops (greens). When cool, chop charred whites, fold both parts into mayo and season with salt and pepper.

To finish:

Sort fish on sheet pan with rack. Torch on skin side until black. Drizzle excess teriyaki on fish. Assemble sandwich: kimchi on bottom, fish on kimchi, mayo on top bun. Serve.

Teriyaki Herring Sandwich from Mean Sandwich for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo courtesy Mean Sandwich.

RECIPE: Smoked-Then-Fried Herring From Old Ballard Liquor Co.

Smoked-Then-Fried Herring from Old Ballard Liquor Co. for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo courtesy Old Ballard Liquor Co.

Meet Smoked-Then-Fried Herring, just one of the herring dishes being offered by Old Ballard Liquor Co. for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Wanna make this at home? At Old Ballard Liquor Co., you can purchase the same Alaska Herring fillets being used by Seattle’s top chefs for Alaska Herring Week! Once you’ve done that, here’s the recipe:

RECIPE: Smoked-Then-Fried Herring

Tasty Smoking Brine

You’ll need:

  • 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ C Pickling Salt
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 tsp Juniper Berries
  • 1 tsp Allspice Berries
  • ½ tsp White Peppercorns
  • 6 C Ice Cubes

Prepare the Brine:

Add all ingredients except the ice cubes to a pot and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Add the ice to cool the brine. Store brine in the refrigerator for up to 45 days if not used immediately.

Prepare the Herring:

Peel the skin off of the Alaskan herring fillets, and brine for 2-3 hours.

Lay the fillets on a cooling rack on a small pan and put uncovered into a refrigerator for three hours to dry slightly.  The fish should be sticky to the touch when ready.

Cold smoke the herring in alder smoke at 120 degrees max for 30—45 minutes.

Remove from the smoker. If the fish is dry to the touch, moisten by lightly brushing fresh brine over both sides.  Set aside.

In a wide frying pan, heat ¼ Cup clarified butter on medium-high heat (substitute 1/8C butter + 1/8C canola oil).

Dredge the fish in plain, unseasoned rye flour.

Pan-fry on each side until golden.

Serve with mashed potatoes and sweet dill cucumber pickles (pressgurka).

From The Harvest Vine: Arenque (a.k.a, Keith Haring Herring)

Arenque, Spanish for Herring, from The Harvest Vine. Photo courtesy The Harvest Vine.

Meet Arenque, featuring olive oil poached herring with piquillo peppers, piparras, cured black olives and alioli, from The Harvest Vine. (Click here to download recipe.) Arenque is Spanish for “herring.” But the crew at The Harvest Vine is having a little extra fun with its herring dish, with its alternate name, Keith Haring Herring, as an homage to the great artist.

Arenque, a.k.a., Keith Haring Herring from The Harvest Vine. Photo courtesy The Harvest Vine, with a shout out to the original artist who inspired it, Keith Haring.