Danish curry herring (Curry pickled herring)

Danish Curry herring is a must-have on the table for Easter lunch or for Christmas. It’s actually super easy to make homemade curried herring this way, and you can adjust the flavor exactly as you like it. In this version, it’s with apple, red onion, and capers. Read on and get our recipe for delicious herring in curry sauce for Easter or Christmas lunch.

Danish curry herring or curried pickled herring served with hard boiled eggs and rye bread

Easter lunch or Christmas lunch

Herring is healthy! We can’t ignore that, and it’s actually one of the animal products that have a relatively low carbon footprint.

Therefore, there is a huge advantage to eating herring, and it also tastes fantastic.

We love curried herring at home, or curry herring as we call it here in Denmark (Karrysild).

We prefer to make them ourselves so we can get exactly the taste we like best. Here you get our favorite, with diced red onion, apple, and capers.

It gives a fantastic flavor.

Curried herring is wonderful to serve for Easter or for Easter lunch, but it also works great for Christmas lunch. Remember to put the schnapps in the fridge, as it is part of the tradition.

Curried herring is actually “just” pickled herring in a curry dressing, and you can make it exactly as you like. It’s easy to make because the marinated herring is so easy to work with. They just need to be cut into smaller pieces and tossed in the dressing, and then they are ready to serve.

bowl with danish pickled herring in curry sauce

Ingredient notes

Pickled herring – Pickled herring fillets can be purchased in most supermarkets. They are easy to work with, and it’s also relatively cheap compared to other fish.

Apple – Apple, curry, and herring just go well together. The small diced pieces of apple are lovely in curried herring.

Curry powder – Of course, curry is needed in curried herring. We can’t avoid that.

Red onion – Red onion has a good taste and a nice color. You can also use shallots if you prefer.

Capers – Capers are great in this dressing. The small acidic capers are chopped and give a good counterpoint to the fatty fish.

Dill – Dill and herring just go well together. You can also use chives instead.

How to make Danish curry herring?

It’s really easy to make homemade curry herring from pickled herring fillets.

First, the herring should be taken out of the brine and placed on a piece of kitchen towel. When they have dripped off, they are cut into bite-sized pieces.

The dressing is mixed together with sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped apple, red onion, capers, sugar, salt, pepper, and curry powder. Chopped dill is added, and finally, the herring pieces are tossed in, and then your curried herring is ready to serve.

Garnish with capers or caper berries and dill on top.

Find the full recipe further down this page.

danish curry herring with caper berries on top

Frequently asked questions

How to store curry herring?

Curried herring should be stored in the fridge until it’s time to serve.

How long can I store the dish?

When we make homemade curried herring, we always eat them within a couple of days. They can keep for 2-3 days in the fridge.

What can I substitute dill with?

If you’re not fond of dill, you can make the recipe with chives instead.

What should I serve with curry herring?

Danish curry herring should be served on a slice of rye bread with onion rings and preferably a hard-boiled egg. It also tastes good with a cold beer and a schnapps if it’s for Easter lunch or Christmas lunch.

Other Danish lunch recipes you might like

lunch with danish rye bread and marinated herring in curry and eggs

Tips and tricks for the recipe

  • Taste the dressing constantly. It may need additional salt, sugar, pepper, or curry, so it’s important to taste the dressing well.
  • Use slightly tart apples, as they complement the fatty fish well.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve with homemade rye bread and boiled eggs for lunch.
  • Set on the table for Easter or Christmas lunch along with a variety of other hot and cold dishes.

Do you love herring?

Try our recipe for delicious Pickled herring in mustard sauce
pickled herring in curry sauce with eggs and rye bread
danish curry herring

Recipe for pickled herring in curry sauce

Here’s our recipe for the best Danish curry herring with apple, capers, and dill. They’re so delicious to serve at Easter or Christmas lunch, but they also taste wonderful on a regular Sunday.

We hope you feel inspired to serve the herring to your family. At our home, both children and adults love herrings.

Danish curry herring or curried pickled herring served with hard boiled eggs and rye bread

Danish curry herring (Curry pickled herring)

Recipe for Danish curry herring
Homemade curry herring with apple, red onion, capers, and dill. These are delicious curry herrings to serve at Easter or Christmas lunch or just as a tasty Sunday lunch with a slice of homemade rye bread and a hard-boiled egg.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people
Calories 300 kcal


  • 4 pickled herring fillets about 300 grams
  • 1 dl sour cream
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 apple
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 bunch dill


  • Remove the pickled herring fillets from the brine and let them drain on a piece of kitchen paper.
    4 pickled herring fillets
  • Chop the red onion finely. Cut the apple into small cubes. Chop the capers and dill. Save some of the dill for garnish.
    1 apple, ½ red onion, 2 tbsp capers, 1 bunch dill
  • Mix sour cream with mayonnaise. Add chopped red onion, apple, capers, and dill, and season with curry, salt, pepper, and sugar.
    1 dl sour cream, 4 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp sugar, ½ tsp salt, Pepper
  • Cut the drained marinated herring fillets into smaller pieces, about 2 cm each. Turn the herring pieces into the curry sauce and garnish with dill and possibly more capers.
  • Serve with rye bread, hard-boiled eggs, and slices of fresh onion.


Serving: 1personCalories: 300kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 15gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 567mgPotassium: 367mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 294IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Curried marinated herring, Danish curry herring, Pickled herring in curry sauce
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