Herringsalat: The Traditional German Herring Plate, From Altstadt

Herringsalat. Beet pickled herring, quark marinated herring, beet sauerkraut puree, strawberry and rhubarb pickles, egg from Altstadt for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo courtesy Altstadt.

During Alaska Herring Week 2017, we have a variety of traditional pickled herring plates from around the world. From Altstadt, here is the traditional herring plate from Germany: Herringsalat – beet pickled herring, quark marinated herring, beet sauerkraut puree, strawberry and rhubarb pickles, egg.

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Steckerlfisch from Altstadt: Getting Your Herring On, German Style!

Steckerlfisch. Grilled smoked herb oil marinated herring, zucchini hazelnut spätzle salad with sage vinaigrette, pickled cherries from Altstadt for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo courtesy Altstadt!

Looking for a satisfying lunch, a hearty pre-game bite, or a delicious dinner? Try this Steckerlfisch – Grilled smoked herb oil marinated herring, zucchini hazelnut spätzle salad with sage vinaigrette, pickled cherries – from Pioneer Square’s Altstadt for Alaska Herring Week 2017. This absolutely luscious, traditional German herring plate will blow your mind!

Recipe: Steckerlfisch from Altstadt for NW Herring Week!

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Herring Steckerlfisch from Altstadt for NW Herring Week!

Herring Steckerlfisch from Altstadt for Northwest Herring Week! #nwherringweek #herring @AltstadtSeattle

Recipe:

Herring Steckerlfisch

Marinade:

  • 25 g rosemary
  • 25 g thyme
  • 25 g tarragon
  • 50 g green onion chopped
  • 2 T cayenne
  • 2 T paprika
  • 2 T mace
  • 1 head garlic
  • 8 qts smoked canola oil
  • 3# herring, whole, gutted, head on
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced

Mix the herbs and spices with the oil. Smoke the oil at a low temperature so the oil gets the smoky flavor but doesn’t fry the herbs. Cool and add the herring, Marinate overnight.

Remove herring from marinade. Lay sliced lemons inside the cavity of the herring and skewer.

Grill whole herring 4-6 minutes until flesh is slightly opaque.

Recipe: Bratherring from Altstadt for NW Herring Week!

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Bratherring from Altstadt for NW Herring Week!

Bratherring from Altstadt for NW Herring Week!

Brine and Pickle herring:
(inspired by Hunter Angler Gardener Cook Swedish Pickled Herring Reciper)

  • 1/2 c kosher salt
  • 4 c water
  • 1# herring fillets
  • 1 c water
  • 2 c white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 T mustard seed
  • 2 t whole allspice
  • 2 t black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 4 sprigs thyme

Heat 4 cups of water with salt until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Submerge the herring fillets in the brine and refrigerate 24 hours.

Combine the sugar, vinegar, water and all the spices in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and let it cool.

Remove the herring from the brine. Layer in a 1 qt container with the lemons, onions, dill and thyme. Pour the cooled pickling liquid over and cover. Allow to pickle at least two days before using.

Breading:

  • 1 c cornstarch
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 c AP flour
  • 2 t dill seed (ground)
  • 2 t caraway seed (ground)
  • 2 t dried marjoram (ground)
  • 2 t onion powder
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 2 t celery salt
  • 2 t mace
  • 1 t cayenne
  • 1/2 t granulated sugar

Mix flour and all seasonings together. Beat eggs.

Dry herring fillets from the pickle. Dredge fillets in cornstarch. Dip in egg. Dredge in flour mixture.

Fry at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 3 minutes)

Altstadt Announces NW Herring Week Dishes!

We will let the pictures do the talking. Here are the two spectacular herring dishes from Pioneer Square’s Altstadt German Ball Hall for NW Herring Week, June 20-26:

Herringsalat:

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Herringsalat for NW Herring Week from Altstadt in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Photo by Megan Coombs.

Bartherring:

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Bratherring for NW Herring Week from Altstadt in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Photo by Megan Coombs.

Yeah, a picture does activate a million taste buds, doesn’t it?