In the Netherlands herring with onion and pickles in an ancient tradition. Herring with spicy Korean sauce is probably new to the Dutch. The crispy sesame and red onion in the sauce ensure a nice bite with the soft herring. Perfect for a light and quick lunch.

Herring with spicy Korean sauce. The crispy sesame and red onion in the sauce ensure a nice bite with the soft herring.

Why herring with Korean sauce?

Some recipes are born out of necessity and this is one of them. FYI: I like to eat my herring with a sour crunch. Barbaric, according to some herring lovers but I love contrasting textures and flavours that party in my mouth.

Well, now the emergency: I am coming back from the fish shop and want to attack immediately. You will just see that the fish seller has forgotten the pickle AND we don’t have any pickles in the house. Quickly salting cucumber cubes and putting them in a rice vinegar bath would be a good alternative, but unfortunately: no cucumber to be found.

And then: a miraculous inspiration? Well, not entirely. A few days earlier I was busy experimenting for my ebook in which I emphasized Korean flavour enhancers. So it was not entirely “spontaneous” to make a Korean sauce for the herring.

Herring with spicy Korean sauce. The crispy sesame and red onion in the sauce ensure a nice bite with the soft herring.

Herring with spicy Korean sauce. The crispy sesame and red onion in the sauce ensure a nice bite with the soft herring.

“For this sauce you mix the ingredients and you are ready to go.”

The herring with Korean sauce is:

  • Savoury because of the soy sauce
  • Slightly sweet due to the brown sugar or honey
  • Crispy due to spring onion, red onion and white sesame
  • Full of flavour due to sesame oil and sesame
  • Fresh and sour because of the rice vinegar
  • Spicy because of the Korean chili flakes/ powder

“Make the Korean sauce creamier by adding a tablespoon of Greek yogurt or mayonnaise.”

Add cooked quinoa or couscous and Korean spinach with sesame for a complete lunch or light evening meal.

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Herring With Spicy Korean Sauce

Haring met pittige Koreaanse saus. De krokante sesam en rode ui in de saus zorgen voor een fijne bite bij de zachte haring.

Herring with spicy Korean sauce. The crispy sesame and red onion in the sauce ensure a nice bite with the soft herring.

  • Author: Kamwoj
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2-4 1x
  • Category: fish, sauce
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Korean
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Ingredients

4 herrings

Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp roasted white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (not the dark soy)
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey or other sweetener
  • 1 tsp of Korean chili flakes *
  • 2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion, only the green in thin rings
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt or mayonnaise, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Place the herrings on a large dish or divide in 2 or 4 plates.
  3. Serve the sauce on the herring or in a bowl next to it.

Notes

You better not replace Korean chili flakes or – powder with a different type of chili powder. Often other chili powder, Thai for example, is much spicier. You still want to be able to taste the herring.

gluten-free: replace regular soy sauce with gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.

Keywords: gluten free, herring, Korean, lactose free, lunch, spicy, sauce, snack, fast, fish

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