Monday, September 17, 2012

Herring in Tomato Sauce (serves 3-4)

My family rarely eats canned foods but occasionally we eat these little tins of sardines in tomato sauce. I like eating them with rice or toasted French bread and a few little squirts of soy sauce. I still have some herring left from my freezer and I am able to harvest a few tomatoes and Thai basil from my garden so I decided to replicate the sardines in tomato sauce. The result is delicious!  

Herring in Tomato Sauce (serves 3-4)


Eight 8-inch fresh herring and its roe, cleaned and cut each herring in half
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Cup diced onion
1/3 Cup chopped scallions
1 Tbsp finely minced garlic
2 Cup diced vine ripened tomatoes
2 Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
1 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/3 Cup chiffonade or chopped fresh Thai basil leaves (garnish when ready to eat)


1) In a medium size pan heat oil over high heat.
2) Add onion, scallions, and garlic, sauté for 1 minute or until onion is translucent.
3) Turn heat down to medium, add sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper, sauté for 1 minute.
4) Add salt, pepper, sugar, soy sauce and water, cook for 1 minute and mash 1/2 of the tomatoes with the flat part of the spatula.
5) Arrange all the herring and roe in the pan, turn heat to medium low, cover the pan and cook for 20-25 minutes.
6) Spoon the sauce over the herring and cook for 5 more minutes.
7) Add basil leaves and serve immediately.

arrange the herring and roe in the pan
spoon the sauce over herring and roe
add the basil on top and serve
*Herring and sardines are very similar in taste and texture. Both types of fish can be used in this recipe. The herring may be a bit bony for some people.  However, the bones are very small.  
*F/V (fishing vessel) Rimrack is a family owned fishing business located in beautiful Rye Harbor, NH. They have passion and take pride in harvesting the best and freshest seafood to sell directly to you. I know because I received these fish from them and you really cannot get them more fresh than this. One minute these fish were swimming and the next they are on your table! Thank you Rimrack for the amazingly fresh and tasty fish!! Please support and buy from your local fishermen.  
*If you are interested in buying from F/V Rimrack please visit their website: Rimrack staff is very friendly and helpful and they will happily assist you.
*You may peel and de-seed the tomatoes prior to cooking in this dish.

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