Rollmops Berlin-style

Course Appetizers
Cuisine Berlin
Region Berlin


  • 6 fresh herrings
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1-1/8 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 jar gherkins
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp juniper berries
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • dash of sugar
  • 12 toothpicks


  • Clean and filet the herring, making 12 filets. Slice the carrot and chop the onion into rings.
  • In a saucepan combine the vinegar, wine, carrot slices, peppercorns, bay leaf, juniper berries, thyme, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Lay the herring filets side by side in an oven-safe dish. Sprinkle with the dill and onion rings. Pour the just made sauce equally over the filets. Allow to cool.
  • In the meantime cut the gherkins lengthwise, halving them. Wrap each herring filet around one gherkin strip and pierce with a toothpick to hold in place.
  • Place each “rollmop” back into the marinade and cover in the fridge. Allow to marinate overnight.
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