Classic Swedish Vegan Eggplant “Herring”

by veronica

There is a classic dish made from herring that Swedes eat at every holiday, may it be Easter, Midsummer or Christmas, the herring is a staple on the table. I have never enjoyed it as a child, prior to becoming a vegetarian. But the various sauces and techniques to flavour the herring, is something that I’ve always found fascinating from a foodie perspective. 

I made this version of the most classical of the flavours with seaweed caviar. I will experiment with king oyster mushrooms as well, but thats for another recipe. 

  • 1 pc eggplant 
  • 1 pc spring onion 
  • 2,5 dl oat crème fraîche or any other plant based crème fraîche
  • 3 tbsp seaweed caviar 
  • 1,5 tbsp freshly chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped chives


  • Slice the aubergine in equally thick slices (about 1 cm thick). Steam for  3-5 minutes until tender but still tight. Let cool off. 
  • Chop the onion, chives and dill. Blend with the oat creme fraiche, and lastly add the seaweed caviar in a jar.
  • Once the aubergine has cooled off, slice the longer pieces into smaller squares. If you prefer, remove the black skin on the aubergine. I tend to do that because I prefer that smooth texture. 
  • Blend with the oat crème fraîche.
  • Let stand overnight in the fridge before serving.
  • Last for a week or so in the fridge. 


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