Rügen Fisch Herring Fillets in Horseradish Sauce


Dan used to travel for business to Germany (Munich and Düsseldorf) on a regular basis and the things he misses the most are the beer (of course), one spectacular herring sandwich from a street vendor, and the vast array of thoroughly delicious and surprisingly inexpensive Rügen Fisch products available at every supermarket and bodega.

Lemon and hot pepper get all the glory in the sardine world, but we are and have always been big fans of cream and horseradish as a magic blend for fish.

200g (7.05 oz) tin

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Ingredients: Herring Fillets (Clupea harengus), water, horseradish (horseradish, water, canola oil, salt), canola oil, sugar, skimmed milk powder, vinegar, cream, salt, guar gum, pepper.

Contains: milk.

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  1. jfeyes (verified owner)

    Quality of the fish was very good, unfortunately if you like horseradish with a little kick this is not the brand for you. With that said I did enjoy… as the fish was of good quality!

  2. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    Very good tin but *very* light on the horseradish. I caught a slight hint of it on the first bite but didn’t really detect any after that. The tin would probably be better off being named ‘Herring Filets in Cream Sauce’ … but since they mention horseradish, I’d imagine most folks will be let down a little here. I enjoyed half of it as-is but then added some wasabi to the tin and definitely liked it more. Regardless of horseradish, the overall Rügen Fisch herring texture, the fish quality, the huge size of the tin relative to the low price … it’s pretty much an unbeatable combination.

    If you love canned herring, buy this tin. If you love Rügen Fisch herring and want to try them all (like me), buy this tin. If you happened to find $3.50 between couch cushions, buy this tin.

    But if you’re here because you *love horseradish* … well, you should either (1) still buy it and add your own, or (2) find a different tin where the horseradish is more prominent. For me, I love all of the Rügenherring options so I’m happy to have tried this one but probably won’t reorder it over some other favorites (looking at you, Rügenmustard).

  3. Greg L (verified owner)

    These are probably better than I will make them sound. I was hoping for more horseradish and less cream. What I got was mostly cream, almost no horseradish. To be fair, I expected that from the tin before going in so it wasn’t a surprise. While this tin just isn’t to my tastes, that’s not to say it isn’t good. The quality of the herring is great. Much more soft and moist than King Oscar Kipper Snacks. I really enjoy the Rügenfisch Herring in Mustard Sauce and the quality of this tin is on par with that of the “in Mustard Sauce”. If you like creamy sauces with you fish and a hint of horseradish, this is a no-brainer. Just get it. If you, like me, don’t care for fish in cream sauce, you can skip this one.

  4. Lauren Giunta (verified owner)

    This tin definitely tastes of horseradish but without the nosey “kick”. It’s a mild horseradish. Very creamy & dairy forward as others have stated. We ate this straight out of the tin at room temperature, and I’m not sure that that’s the best way…

  5. gebhard.abby (verified owner)

    This tin definitely punches above its weight class considering how dang affordable it is. Like others have stated, the horseradish is fairly mild, which I prefer, but my husband added a little prepared horseradish to his portion to kick up the flavor! All in all, would absolutely purchase again.

  6. jannabalthaser (verified owner)

    A great product, especially for the price. I really like this one. The scent is characteristic of tinned fish, on the mild end of the spectrum, which is nice if you live with anyone who doesn’t like the smell of fish.

    The sauce is cream-forward, with a gentle presence of horseradish, offering a faint kick and just a hint of bitterness on the back of the palate. In my opinion, this makes for a balanced sauce, rather than a horseradish bomb which many people have come to expect from any product containing horseradish. This isn’t like the horseradish cream sauce you put on prime rib. This judicious approach suits the delicate nature of herring, so you also taste the flavor of the mild fish itself. Any stronger and it would run the risk of becoming “Horseradish Cream Sauce, with Herring.”

    The herring itself has a good flavor, which I found to be milder than sardines and more substantial than tinned cod, and does not have an acidic tang because it’s not pickled. There is vinegar in the list of ingredients, but its presence is not at the forefront. The texture is similar to tuna, firm but not dry or chewy. It flakes easily but does not fall apart on the fork.

    My serving suggestions: The first thing I did was have some over crackers, which was lovely. It would also be great on toast made from a substantial bread with some heft and chew (sourdough, rye, pugliese, pain de campagne), or on a baguette or soft roll as a sandwich, with or without the usual accompaniments such as fresh lemon juice, fresh dill or parsley, sliced onion, etc.

    I read that herring in horseradish sauce is often served with potatoes (fried, roasted, boiled, mashed, or even on a baked potato). This gave me the idea of using the rest of the tin in my standard recipe for potato salad, and it was great! (My basic approach to making potato salad: Red potatoes, quartered and boiled in well-salted water, drained until fork-tender but not falling apart, sprinkled with apple cider vinegar while still hot, mixed with minced white onion and celery, and a restrained amount of mayonnaise and mustard.)

    It would also work well with buttered egg noodles, with some vegetables on the side. That’s what I’m going to do with my next tin.

    I would also suggest trying it in a Buddha Bowl, with a grain (rice, farro, barley), a type of bean (white beans would work, or flageolet), a cooked vegetable (green beans, broccoli or asparagus), and a raw pickled vegetable for tang and crunch (red cabbage or onion). The sauce from the can won’t be enough to flavor the whole Buddha Bowl, so I would use a mustard vinaigrette. In fact, using it as a variation of Salade Niçoise would be awesome.

    But for a simple, satisfying and tasty meal, just open a tin and eat with crackers and whatever else you like to eat with your tinned fish.

  7. sparrowking (verified owner)

    If you’re looking for a good kick of horseradish, you’re going to have to add some more of your own. The flavor is definitely still there, and it added a wonderful bitterness and acidity that made this can my favorite of the sauce flavors I tried from this brand. The fish was beautifully soft and creamy and flaked apart wonderfully.

    I heated the sauce and the fish briefly in a saucepan with shallots, lemon juice, citrus garlic powder, and topped a lemon pasta with it. Finished with lemon zest and parsley, it made for a very quick and easy dinner that I thoroughly enjoyed. I only regretted not having some horseradish on hand to add to it, or a glass of horseradish vodka from my favorite Russian restaurant. This would be wonderful in a potato salad, and I imagine I’ll be making a similar version of the sauce I made cold to eat over crackers when it gets hot this summer.

    The quality is fantastic, and at this price it’s definitely something I’ll be keeping stocked in my pantry in the future.

  8. Eliza Jane Manoff (verified owner)

    This was my first ever tin of herring, and I really enjoyed it. The texture is really nice and firm, almost like king crab meat. The fish is mild tasting and on the less “fishy” end of the spectrum. Like others have said, I wish the horseradish was stronger, but I’ll just add extra horseradish next time. I would buy this again and maybe eat it over scalloped potatoes.

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