Hitchcock Deli Presents: Scandinavian-Style Pickled Herring Tartine (RECIPE)

Scandinavian-Style Pickled Herring Tartine from Hitchcock Deli for Alaska Herring Week 2017! Photo by Zachary D. Lyons.

This simple, yet beautiful dish for Alaska Herring Week 2017 is Scandinavian-Style Pickled Herring Tartine from Hitchcock Deli with locations in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, as well as on Bainbridge Island in Downtown Winslow! We had the good fortune of doing “Quality Control” on this last Friday, and it is light, refreshing and delicious. The texture of the herring perfectly matches the texture of the butter… really.

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:

Scandinavian-Style Pickled Herring Tartine
Sea Beans
Radish Greens
  • 3/4 C Salt
  • 15 C water
  • 3# herring
  • 6 C white wine vinegar (4 C white wine vinegar, 2 C distilled vinegar)
  • 3/4 C white sugar
  • 3 TSP mustard seed
  • 3 TSP black pepper corn
  • 1 TSP coriander seed
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 20 lemon slices
  • 20 orange slices
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
Dissolve 3/4 cups salt in 12c warm water. Cool and brine herring for 24 hours.
Combine remaining water with the rest of the ingredients in a pot, bring to boil and cool.
Pull herring from brine, pour over pickling liquid and refrigerate. Brine for 2 days. They will keep for up to a month.