Herring butter savoury party food spread Russian finger food

Herring butter spread

Russian finger food herring butter spread recipe
Herring butter (Seleyodochnoe maslo, Селедочное масло)

Herring butter is a Russian finger foods spread. This savoury paste can be spread over crisps or canape style bread, especially coriander flavoured Borodinsky bread. It can also be served in a small bowl for the guest to spread it over snacks themselves.

In the basic and traditional recipe you blend 2 parts of pickled herring fillet cut into small pieces with 1 part of unsalted butter. Then refrigerate. As straightforward as possible!

There are also a slightly more complex recipe, where such ingredients as a bit of mustard, hard boiled egg, lemon juice and herbs are aded. In this variation it is more of Vorschmak-style bread.

Recipe 1: Classical herring butter
300 gr pickled herring –
200 gr unsalted softened butter

  1. Cut the boneless pickled herring fillet into small pieces.
  2. Combine with unsalted butter and blitz the mixture.
  3. Put in a form you wish to later serve the herring butter in and cool down.


Recipe 2. Herring butter a la Vorschmak
300 gr pickled herring –
200 gr unsalted softened butter
1 hard boiled egg
1 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 bunch parsley, chopped


  1. Cut the herring into small pieces (smaller then the pieces needed for Herring under fur coat salad). Break the boiled egg with the fork.
  2. Combined prepare herring and egg with other ingredients. Put into a serving bowl and refrigerate.

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