Classic german fish recipe

Rollmops is a typical “ hangover breakfast ” and a snack classic in this country. It is a rolled up marinated herring fillet with a filling. Pickled cucumbers and onions are used for the filling. One or two wooden skewers that hold the roll together are oligatory.

Due to its size, the rollmops is a typical finger food. This fish classic is also part of a typical Labskaus dish.

Rollmops with onion rings on a kitchen board

Recipe Rollmops

You can easily make a delicious rollmop yourself without preservatives.
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Course: preserve
Cuisine: Northern Germany
Keyword: savoury
Difficulty: Experienced
Resting time: 5 days
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 pieces

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 8 green herrings (green = fresh, not pickled)
  • 2 tbsp medium hot mustard 
  • 4 pickles
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • Sugar, amount to taste


  • Boil water, vinegar, a little salt, sugar and bay leaves to a broth. Let this cool down completely. It must be really cold, not lukewarm.
  • Debone the pegs, cut off the head, thoroughly clean and wash. Pat lightly dry with kitchen towels. Unfold the fish pieces and lightly salt.
  • Spread the mustard mixture, onions and cucumber on the fish and roll them together like a roulade. Fix the end with wooden sticks.
  • Layer the rolls in a lockable container, e.g. a glass. Pour the spice stock over so that all parts are covered.
  • Let it stand in a cool place for 4 to 5 days.

Tips & Hints

The rollmops are ideal as a hangover breakfast, with a roll as a snack or as an appetizer for a party.

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