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Forshmak (German: vorsmach) is a stew made from herring, and sometimes also sheep or lambs meat. It has traditionally been eaten in Eastern Europe and in the Nordic countries.

It is traditionally served on top of dark and heavy rye bread.

Recipe for cold forshmak

This is a recipe for cold forschmak based on herring. Warm baked forshmak is usually made from both herring and sheep/lamb meat.


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 herring fillets
  • 1 sour apple
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 pieces of white bread soaked in milk


  1. Hard-boil the eggs.
  2. Clean the fillets.
  3. Peel and chop the apple, onion and eggs.
  4. Grind all ingredients together. Blend well.
  5. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.

Recipe for warm baked forshmak


  • 3 herring fillets
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • ½ tablespoon of butter
  • ½ lb of boiled sheep or lambs meat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of sour cream
  • ½ lb of meat broth
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of bread crumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to medium-low.
  2. Cut the herring fillets into very small pieces.
  3. Cut the onion into small pieces.
  4. Put a frying pan over low heat and add the butter.
  5. Cut the boiled meat into small cubes. Set aside.
  6. Whip the egg. Set aside.
  7. Add sour cream, broth, onion, herring, boiled meat, whipped egg, pepper and salt to the butter in the pan. Mix very well. Heat until its hot (approximately 175 degrees F).
  8. Pour the mix into to form, add the breadcrumbs on top.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until the crumbs are golden or lightly brown.
  10. Serve hot.

Recipe for Jewish forshmak


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 sour apple
  • A few scallions
  • 4 herring fillets
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 pieces of white bread, soaked in milk or water
  • 4 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar


  1. Hard-boil the eggs. Separate the yolks from the whites. Set aside.
  2. Peel and core the apple. Set aside.
  3. Chop scallions. Set aside.
  4. In a food processor, blend herring fillets with apple, egg-whites, sugar and bread. Add oil and vinegar, mix thoroughly.
  5. Place the mixture in a bowl.
  6. Crumble egg yolk on top and garnish with scallions.
  7. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.