Gubbröra med potatis (potato salad with herring)


This is my version of “Gubbröra” (translates to “old man’s mix”).  I absolutely love this with Swedish crisp bread or sourdough pumpernickel bread.  It is great for a warm summer’s day, just as is, or for the cold part of a BBQ table.  It does taste strongly of fish so people who are used to bland food won’t like it (I bet) but if you can eat raw sushi (and I don’t mean just with smoked salmon/tuna) you could love it too.

Ingredients for 6 portions:

  • 4 large potatoes/840g boiled, chopped potato
  • 8 hard boiled eggs, roughly chopped
  • 40g spring onion (green bits only) or chives
  • 1 red onion finely chopped, sautéed until softened but not brown
  • 150g herring roll-mops (pickled herring)
  • 200ml creme fraiche

Once the potato, eggs and onion have gone entirely cold, just mix it all up and it’s ready to serve.  I used spring onion because chives are ridiculously expensive, I would have used more than 40g but it was all I had.

It is debated whether or not it should contain potato, I think it’s a regional thing.  For me herring and potato are like peas in a pod!  Traditionally it has dill but much to the shame of my Swedish heritage, I am not a huge fan of dill.  Also traditionally it has anchovies in it but I prefer to use pickled herring.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 276 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.2g
      – Saturated Fat 5.4g
Cholesterol 230mg
Sodium 106mg
Total Carbohydrates 28.9g
      – Dietary Fiber 3.6g
      – Sugars 2.5g
Protein 17.2g