Arenque Guisado - Recipe & Video (Herrings in Tomato Sauce): a dish that some people love, some hate, there doesn't seem to be a middle point. Where are you on this?

– 2 pound smoked herring, [0.91 kg] – 1 small red onion, sliced – 2 bell pepper, cut into strips – 4 plum tomato, cut into eights, (or 1 doz. cherry peppers halved) – 2 tablespoon vegetable oil – 1 cup tomato sauce – 1 teaspoon salt, (or more, to taste) Garnish – minced cilantro, or parsley (optional)


Soaking herring:

Soak herring in a galon [4 lt] of water for half an hour. Remove from the water and discard the water.

Boil herring:

Place herring in a pot with half a gallon [2 lt] of clean water and boil over medium-low heat till it starts flaking (15-20 mins). Remove from the water and cool to room temperature. Discard water.

Prep herring:

Flake the herrings, cleaning from bones and skin. Set aside.

Cook herring:

Heat the oil over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, peppers, and tomatoes until cooked-through (about 5 mins). Stir in herrings, ½ cup of water and tomato sauce. Season with salt to taste. Simmer until everything is heated through.


Serve hot and garnish with cilantro. My favorite sides are arroz blanco and boiled yuca. Some slices of avocado go great with it too.

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