© 2011 Elmlid UsedomRollmops

Time for Mops

How to make a classic north German Rollmops

  • 60g salt
  • 6 large herrings, descaled, gutted, filleted and pin-boned
  • For the marinade:
  • 750ml cider vinegar
  • 12 allspice berries
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Zest of 1 large orange, pared in strips with no white pith
  • 1 small onion, very thinly sliced
  • 200ml medium cider

1. Dissolve the salt in 500ml water to make a brine. Add the fillets and leave for 3 hours.

2. To make the marinade, put all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring slowly to the boil and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

3. Drain the herring fillets from the brine and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Roll them up from tail to head, skin side out, and pack the rolls into 3 x 500ml sterilised preserving jars.

4. Pour the cooled marinade over the herrings, making sure the lemon zest, bay leaves and spices are evenly distributed between the jars. Seal the jars.

5. Store in the fridge for at least 3 days before eating. They are best from 5-10 days but will keep for up to a month (still sealed). To serve, drain the fillets from their marinade.



Recipe from River Cottage. I would roll them around a little pickled cucumber. Tasty.

Pictures by the Photographer Nadine Elfenbein. I really really like how you take pictures Nadine.



  1. Posted November 9, 2011 at 14:44 | #


    …. i love these pics :D

  2. Posted November 11, 2011 at 02:03 | #

    I love your new jacket. You should post more pictures!

  3. Posted November 18, 2011 at 11:30 | #

    Thank you Maria and Federica :)

    Nigel Cabourn is the Man behind the Jacket. I love it too. But I must say I am the wrong person to wear such light colored coats. I like playing in the sand too much.

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