Herring is one of my favourite fish in the sea and it's dead cheap, so it's a real 'value' fish. And cooking it like this makes it stretch much further, making it even better value for money. Places like Sweden revere it but in British seas, about 97% gets taken elsewhere or turned into fertiliser or fish feed. I reckon half the reason we've fallen out of love with herring is because we've become quite lazy and don't like the thought of getting rid of all those bones. Well I've got a solution, simply trim down the fillet on either side of the bones to give you two sort of goujons, and chuck the bony bit away. Your fishmonger should be able to do it for you. Because cod and haddock normally feed on herring, as their numbers deplete, the numbers of herring are obviously rising. So we really need to be eating further down the food chain! Also, because herring feed on plankton and so on, they're the ones that are really full of those omega 3s, vitamin D and all that other good stuff.
Nutritional Information - Amount per serving:
- Calories 334kcal
- Carbs 21.2g
- Sugar 1.1g
- Fat 17.3g
- Saturates 3.9g
- Protein 22.1g
BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH
Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.
When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.
For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:
Marine Stewardship Council