Scrumptious Seafood: Grilled Herrings with Mustard & Basil Dressing

It’s beginning to look a lot like…herring season! Make room for this tasty, cold weather fish on your menu by trying out this simple BBC Good Food recipe. Healthy, quick and scrumptious – what more could you ask for?


  • 4 x 75g/3oz herring fillets or 4 x 225g/8oz herrings, gutted
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • large bunch basil, roughly torn
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 lemon, grated zest and juice


  1. Heat grill to its highest setting. Rinse the fish under running cold water to dislodge any loose scales. Brush with a little of the oil and season lightly. Grill for 6-8 mins, or until cooked; the eye should be white, the skin well browned and the flesh firm and opaque.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing: whisk the mustard, basil, honey, lemon zest and juice and remaining oil together in a small bowl, and season. Once the fish is cooked, spoon the dressing over and serve.
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