Fried herring cured in LINIE with creamed potatoes and rhubarb compote

LINIE-cured fried herring with creamed potatoes and rhubarb compote

4 servings


2 h 30 min

Let's make a delicious dish of LINIE-cured fried herring with creamed potatoes and rhubarb compote. This traditional Scandinavian dish celebrates Nordic flavors, with perfectly cured and fried herring, creamy potatoes and tangy rhubarb compote. The herring, infused with LINIE Aquavit, offers a delicate balance of brininess and subtle caraway notes that enhance its natural flavors. The creamed potatoes provide a velvety and comforting accompaniment, while the rhubarb compote adds a burst of tartness that cuts through the richness. Together, these elements create a symphony of taste that transports you to the shores of Scandinavia. Don't forget to pair this dish with a glass of LINIE Aquavit to fully appreciate the interplay of flavors and textures, making it a truly memorable culinary experience.

Fun fact Did you know that LINIE Aquavit's unique aging process has been passed down through generations, preserving the heritage and authenticity of this beloved Norwegian spirit?


Fried herring

  • 4 nice, tidy herring fillets

  • 2 tbsp coarse mustard

  • 4 tbsp rye flour

  • 100 g butter

  • 100 ml neutral oil

  • 1 organic lemon – both grated zest and juice

  • Salt and pepper

LINIE brine

  • 2 dl vinegar

  • 5 bay leaves

  • 1 tbsp dill seeds

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

  • 1 large onion – sliced thinly

  • 250 g cane sugar

  • 100 ml LINIE Aquavit Original

  • 1 tbsp salt

Rhubarb compote

  • 300 g rhubarb – cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 100 g cane sugar

  • ½ dl vinegar

  • 1 star anise

  • 1 tsp cardamom pods

Creamed potatoes

  • 400 g new potatoes (preferably asparagus potatoes) – boiled and peeled

  • 3 dl heavy cream 38%

  • 100 ml whole milk

  • 1 large onion – finely diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic – finely diced

  • 100 g butter

  • 2 tbsp wheat flour

  • 2 tbsp vinegar

  • 1 tbsp coarse mustard

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 bunch of chives – finely chopped


  • 1 bunch of dill – picked

Preparation steps

    — 1 day before:

    Fried herring

    1. Spread mustard on the herring and season it well with salt and pepper.

    2. Fold the herring in half and coat it in rye flour.

    3. Fry them until golden brown in butter/oil over medium-high heat.

    4. Then place them in a dish, where there is also room for the marinade.

    LINIE brine

    1. Boil vinegar with bay leaves, black pepper, dill seeds and onions.

    2. Add sugar and LINIE Aquavit Original, and let it boil again.

    3. Pour the hot marinade over the fried herring fillets in the dish.

    4. Let it marinate in the marinade for at least a couple of hours, but preferably overnight.

    — On the day of serving:

    Rhubarb compote

    1. Cut the rhubarb into bite-sized pieces and put them in a pot together with cane sugar, vinegar, star anise and cardamom pods.

    2. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, until the rhubarb is tender.

    3. Season with sugar and vinegar and set the compote in the fridge until it is ready to use.

    Creamed potatoes

    1. Cut the boiled and peeled potatoes into bite-sized pieces.

    2. Then fry onions and garlic in butter until golden brown, add flour and cook it until it turns slightly brown.

    3. Slowly add cream and milk while stirring, and let the sauce boil until it is thick and smooth.

    4. Then add potatoes, mustard and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

    5. Finally, add chopped chives just before serving.


    1. Place the creamed potatoes in the bottom of a plate and place the herring on top.

    2. Spread the rhubarb compote on top of the herring and garnish with a little fresh dill before serving.

Serve with a glass of LINIE and share a great story In addition to being a classic, high-quality aquavit, LINIE is also great for food pairing. What sets LINIE apart is its distinctive aging process. During maturation, it develops a natural sweetness and spiciness that makes it perfect for accompanying a variety of dishes. LINIE acts as a flavor enhancer, creating a harmonious balance between both food and aquavit.

As your guests savor the delightful combination of flavors, encourage them to experience the authentic flavors by pairing each bite with LINIE Aquavit, a spirit crafted with time-honored techniques. Share the captivating story of how this aquavit earned its reputation, maturing in sherry oak casks while crossing the equator not only one, but twice, resulting in its unique character. This tale connects the past with the present, adding a sense of heritage to the dining experience.

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