Salads and Appetizers

How to cook herring under a fur coat – a classic recipe with a little trick

We will tell you how to cook a herring under a fur coat tasty and correct, but much faster than usual. You no longer have to wait 2-4 hours for the salad to infuse – this recipe will allow you to serve a juicy “fur coat” to the table in just 30-60 minutes, and if necessary, immediately after cooking.

  • No, we are not proposing radical changes to the recipe. The secret is only to mix the mayonnaise with each ingredient separately, and not at the time of laying the salad in layers, as we usually do. As a result, you will get the same classic herring under a fur coat, only faster..

We have supplemented the step-by-step recipe for “fur coat” with a selection of photo ideas for a beautiful salad serving.

How to cook herring under a fur coat – step by step

Herring under a fur coat on a platter

Ingredients (for 3-4 servings):

  • Beets – 1 pc.;
  • Potatoes – 1 pc. (potatoes and beets should be taken in equal quantities);
  • Carrots – 1 pc. (small);
  • Egg – 1-2 pcs. (needed rather for decoration);
  • Mayonnaise – to taste (about half a glass);
  • Onion – 1/2 small onion (about 50 g.);
  • Herring – 1 pc. (can be replaced with herring in oil 150-200 g.).

Ingredients for herring under a fur coat


  1. Boil beets, carrots, potatoes and eggs until tender, then cool. It is best to do this in the evening. All vegetables must be cooked in their uniform..
  • Beets are cooked from 35 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the tubers. How to tell if beets are cooked? Pierce it with a knife. If the blade goes through the skin easily, then it’s time to get the vegetable. However, it is best not to boil the beets for salad, but to bake them in foil for 20-25 minutes at 190 degrees. So you can save time and avoid staining the pan..
  • Hard-boiled eggs are boiled for 10 minutes after boiling.
  • Boil potatoes and carrots in the same saucepan. Cooking time – 20 minutes after boiling.

Cooking vegetables

  1. While the vegetables are cooking, cut up the herring and then cut it into cubes. Pieces of herring should not be too small, otherwise the chopped fish will turn into mashed potatoes.
  • Cut off the head and pectoral fins;
  • Cut the abdomen with a knife from the head to the tail;
  • Also, remove the caviar and offal with a knife, scrape off the black film;
  • Pull the skin off the fish with your fingers;
  • Holding the fish flat towards you, divide it into two parts by pulling the tail in different directions;
  • Pull out the ridge and bones;
  • Cut off the tails of two fillet halves.

  1. Peel and dice the boiled and cooled carrots and potatoes, grate the beets on a coarse grater, and the egg on a fine grater. Put each vegetable in a separate bowl (this is important!).
  2. Chop the onion (quite finely) and mix with the herring. The mixture can be slightly pepper.
  3. Mix potatoes, carrots and beets with mayonnaise (to taste). Don’t touch the eggs yet.
  • We added a medium amount of mayonnaise (0.5 – 1 tablespoon in each bowl).
  • Why mix each ingredient with mayonnaise? The fact is that this way the salad will soak much faster. If necessary, you can even serve it to the table immediately after preparation..
  1. We begin to lay out the salad in layers in the following order:
  • Potato;
  • Herring with onions;
  • Carrot;
  • Beet;
  • A layer of mayonnaise;
  • Sprinkle with egg. Ready! The salad can be decorated with a sprig of herbs or green peas.

Ready-made herring under a fur coat

And here is our recipe in video format:

Important nuances

  • If you have a lot of time in stock, then you can cook the Herring under a fur coat salad in the usual way. Lay out the chopped ingredients in layers in the following order: potatoes, onions, herring, mayonnaise, carrots, onions, herring, potatoes, onions, herring, mayonnaise, etc. (if there are still vegetables left). Then evenly spread the beets on the salad, coat it with mayonnaise, sprinkle with grated egg. The most important thing in this recipe for herring under a fur coat is to let the salad brew for 2-4 hours in the refrigerator..
  • You can add a little grated apple to the salad (a third or half for 200 g of herring). The apple layer is stacked after the carrot layer.
  • If the onion is too vigorous, scald it with boiling water..
  • If the herring is too salty, add more potatoes to the salad.

Ways and ideas for a beautiful presentation of herring under a fur coat

How beautiful to serve herring under a fur coat? This can be done in different ways:

  • Portions. The salad is laid out in bowls, bowls, glasses and even in small jars. Here are some photo ideas.

Herring under a fur coat in a bank

Herring under a fur coat in a glass

Herring under a fur coat in a glass

Herring under a fur coat in a glass

Also, portions of lettuce can be served with “turrets” formed with a plastic ring cut from the bottle.

Portioned herring under a fur coat

Portioned herring under a fur coat

  • Roll. To cook herring under a fur coat roll, you need to cover a large cutting board with cling film, put the layers on it in the reverse order (starting with the beets), lay the herring in the center, then roll the resulting rectangular pillow into a roll. For a detailed recipe, see this video tutorial..

  • On toast. Herring goes well with rye bread. Why not serve it as an appetizer on toast? It is convenient and uncommon.

Herring under a fur coat on toast

  • On a platter without walls. It can be a pretty dish, tray, cake dish, or just a large plate. You can “collect” the salad in a baking dish both without a bottom or with a bottom (in this case, the layers are stacked in reverse order, starting with the beets).

Herring under a fur coat cake

Herring under a rectangular fur coat

If you have an unusual baking dish (you can buy it on Aliexpress), use it for an unusual serving of herring under a fur coat. So, for example, you can make a fish-shaped salad.

To keep the herring under a fur coat in shape, its top layer is prepared with jelly.

Herring cake under a fur coat with jelly

  • In a platter with walls, a lasagna dish, a roaster. Such a feed is the most convenient and simplest way. It is especially suitable for preparing herring under a fur coat for future use, as well as for a feast with a large number of guests..

Herring under a fur coat in a lasagna mold