This is a traditional Scottish recipe for a dish of herring that are boned, coated in oatmeal before being pan-fried until cooked golden brown.
Herring and Oatmeal is a healthy, thrifty and tasty meal.
Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’?
They’re bonnie fish and halesome farin’;
Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’,
New drawn frae the Forth ?
Lady Nairne 1766-1845 Caller Herrin’
- 4 small herringsSalt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tbsp medium or coarse oatmeal
- 60g unsalted butter or lard
Season the fish well.
Spread the oatmeal on a plate and coat the fillets in it, pressing it on well.
Shake off any excess.
Melt butter or lard in a heavy-based frying pan until smoking.
Add the herrings and cook on a medium heat for a couple of minutes, carefully flip over and cook for a minute or two more, until cooked through.
Serve with lemon slice.
Scottish Word of the Day!
Scran – Food – A snack of food
Gis a bit of scran i’m starvin’ – Give me some food I’m starving
Thu’re gien me juist the merest scran o maet – They’ve given me just a tiny bit of meat
That I may be blest wi’ health, And scran. – Robert Wilson, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1824)