Matjesfilet in Sahnesauce

Matjes Herring in Cream Sauce

Learn how to make a famous fish specialty from Hamburg in Northern Germany. This recipe consists of tender matjes herring filets also called matie herring with an amazing creamy sauce.

Matjes Herring Recipe

Matjes Herring in Cream Sauce

Angela Schofield
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine German
Servings 4 - 6 portions


  • 10 matjes herring filets
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz. bread and butter pickles
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 large onions
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 bunch dill


  • Mix sour cream and heavy whipping cream in a bowl.
  • Add salt, pepper, sugar and lemon juice and stir well.
  • Peel and core apples. Cut into fine slices.
  • Peel and slice onions into fine slices.
  • Cut pickles into slices.
  • Add apples, onions and pickles to the bowl.
  • Rinse herring filets, cut into 2-inch-wide slices and add to the bowl.
  • Chop dill finely and add to the bowl.
  • Mix gently and allow to marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.


Serve with boiled or fried potatoes or a crispy roll.