Arenque Guisado - Recipe & Video (Herrings in Tomato Sauce)

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?
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Caribbean, Dominican
Keyword fish
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 porciones
Calories 313kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 2 lb [0.91 kg] of smoked , salted herrings (see photo above)
  • 1 small red onion , sliced
  • 2 peppers cut julienne
  • 4 plum tomatoes cut into eights (or 1 doz. cherry peppers halved)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or more, to taste)


  • Chopped cilantro or parsley (optional)


  • Soak the herrings in a galon [4 lt] of water for half an hour. Remove from the water.
  • Boil the herrings in half a gallon [2 lt] of clean water till it starts flaking (15-20 mins). Remove from the water and cool to room temperature.
  • Flake the herrings, cleaning from bones and skin. Set aside.
  • In a pot heat the oil over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, peppers, and tomatoes until cooked-through (about 5 mins).
  • Stir in herrings, 1/2 cup of water and tomato sauce. Season with salt to taste. Simmer until everything is heated through.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with white rice or boiled cassava and a few slices of avocado.



Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 742mg | Potassium: 824mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 42.8mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2.4mg