Pickled Herring on Rye Toast

Well shoot, I’ll say it—I love pickled herring! Pickled herring, śledzie in Polish, are popular throughout the entire Baltic region. There are even a few bars in Kraków dedicated to herring and vodka (oh yes, I went…listen man, to each his own). I never do the pickling myself, but luckily there are some pretty good jarred varieties out there. This simple recipe of pickled herring and rye toast can be a good introduction into the world of herring. I use herring that are seasoned and pickled with a lot of onions, so I don’t have to add much myself. You can find good herring in most Eastern European stores, and often times in most grocery stores. I specifically used Lowell foods brand herring, which is produced in Poland.


  • 9-10oz jarred pickled herring with onion
  • 3 slices rye bread
  • 2 tbsp coarse chopped fresh dill
  • 2oz cream cheese


Allow cream cheese to soften at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes.

Toast rye bread and cut bread and spread very thin layer of cream cheese on bread. Then, cut bread into quarters.

Add herring fillet on top of bread with spread. Top with dill and serve.


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