Scandinavian Pickled Smelts or Sardines Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6 - 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh smelts or sardines
  • Dill
    Stock:
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 white peppercorns
  • 1 whole allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Dill
  • Gelatine
How to cook Scandinavian Pickled Smelts or Sardines:
  • Clean smelts and rinse under cold running water. Drain, split and bone.
  • Put a dill sprig on each fish, roll tight place rolls close together in low saucepan.
  • Bring stock ingredients to boil, pour over smelts and simmer 6-8 minutes. Watch very carefully lest fish boil to pieces.
  • Remove gently to serving dish, strain stock and pour over.
  • Chill and garnish with dill. If molded shape is preferred, stir 1/2 tablespoon gelatine into each cup strained stock.
  • Serve the pickled smelts cold with Smorgas­ bord or as luncheon dish.

Notes:

The Scandinavian Pickled Smelts or Sardines is a very affordable dish. Delicious, simple, and easy recipe.

Tips:

Fresh smelts should be stored refrigerated at 32°F to 40°F (0°C to 4°C), excess liquid drained, packed into airtight containers and eaten within 3 to 4 days, or 1 to 2 days when fried.
Smelts should be frozen at 0°F (-18°C), into airtight food containers, immediately after buying bought frozen, smelts should be eaten within 4 to 6 months for maximum freshness.

This recipe for Scandinavian Pickled Smelts or Sardines serves/makes: 6 - 8

The Scandinavian Pickled Smelts or Sardines recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Smelt (more Smelt recipes)
Preparation Method: Poached/Simmered (more Poached/Simmered recipes)
Cuisine: Scandinavian (more Scandinavian recipes)

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