Stuffed Herring

Serves 4

Herring are sometimes referred to as the ‘Silver Darlings.’

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes


  • 4 x herrings, cleaned and heads removed
  • 55g / 2 oz butter
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 55g / 2 oz breadcrumbs
  • 55g / 2 oz shelled walnut pieces, roughly chopped
  • 140g / 5oz Caerphilly cheese, crumbled
  • 1 x 15ml spoon / 1 tbsp English mustard
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 x 15ml spoon / 3 tbsp fresh mixed herbs such as chives, parsley, rosemary
  • sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, 425°F, Gas Mark 7
  2. Melt half the butter in a saucepan, add the leek and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the breadcrumbs, walnuts, cheese, mustard, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and mixed herbs. Add the leek and mix together well.
  4. Place the herring onto a baking sheet. Open the herring and spoon the stuffing into each fish. Sprinkle each fish with sea salt.
  5. Bake the fish for 15–20 minutes and serve with Welsh potatoes.