Poppy Seed Herring

Poppy Seed Herring

Serves 4

This is such a fragrant dish; use the marinade and crunchy topping on sardines or mackerel.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes


  • 8 fresh herring or sardines, cleaned and heads removed
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • juice and rind of half a lemon
  • juice and rind of half a lime
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of poppy seeds


  1. Mix together the shallot, oil, garlic, lemon and lime juice and rind, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Pour into a shallow dish and add the fish. Toss to ensure and even covering.  Spoon a little of the mix into the cavity of the fish for added flavour. Leave for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the fish from the marinade, place on a tray under the grill and cook for about 12 minutes turning regularly.
  3. When cooked, sprinkle liberally with the poppy seeds.
  4. Serve with couscous or rice salad.