Picture of Forshmak
Yelena Vasilyeva's Forshmak. Photography: Ksenia Prints

Forshmak – Chopped Herring Spread

Forshmak is a typical Russian dish served at Seder on matzah, it looks and reminds one a little of foie gras pate but it is made from salted herring

Despite herring’s reputation as food with a strong flavor (not to mention gross and blunt), forshmak is actually a delicate and extremely tasty dish because its preparation emphasizes the more refined and noble flavors of the fish. After tasting it, it is easy to understand why salted herring is considered the undisputed king of Russian Jewish cuisine.

Picture of Forshmak
Yelena Vasilyeva’s Forshmak. Photo: Ksenia Prints.

Ingredients for Chopped Herring Spread

  • 1.1 lbs (500 grams) herring filets
  • 1 green apples (Granny Smith) medium, peeled
  • 1 onion medium, peeled
  • 3 eggs hard-boiled
  • 3 tablespoons matzo meal or the dried crumbs of a 1.2" (3 cm) thick slice of white bread
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons mayonnaise


  • 1. Taste the herring. If it is very salty, soak in boiling water for about half an hour, drain and gently dry with paper towels.

  • 2. Transfer herring to a food processor and pulse until you get a spread with a pleasant texture, without large lumps but not too soft either.

  • 3. Serve the forshmak on top of matzoh, lettuce leaves or crackers (if not served on Passover) alongside or garnished with a sliced ​​pickle.

*שמנו לב שחסרים כמה פרטים קטנים להשלמת הפרופיל שלך ב־FOODISH, אפשר להוסיף אותם בקלות בעמוד המשתמש שלך.