Herring under a Fur Coat

Herring under a Fur Coat

Margaret has sent in this recipe for her favourite cold starter. It is a traditional Russian recipe called Селёдка под шубой , pronounced Selyodka pod shuboy and translated as Herring under a Fur Coat. This one was made by her daughter Katherine who is back in the UK these past few months from St Petersburg.


  • 1 large potato
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 medium beetroots
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 onion
  • 250g herring (we used all of the 380g pot as it had onions and marinade in it)
  • Mayonnaise 


  • Cook the beetroots, potato and carrot in their skins (beetroots in separate saucepan). Leave to cool, peel and grate. 
  • Boil the eggs. Leave to cool, peel and grate.
  • Finely chop or grate the onion. Soak in boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain. 
  • Chop the herring into small pieces. 
  • The salad is prepared in a dish in layers as follows: herring, onion (you don’t need much), thinly spread mayo, potato, pinch of salt, thinly spread mayo, carrot, thinly spread mayo, egg, pinch of salt, thinly spread mayo, beetroot, thinly spread mayo. 
  • You can vary the thickness of the layers as you prefer. 
  • Cover the dish with cling film and put in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours and better if it is refrigerated overnight. 
  • Before serving, decorate with dill or grated egg yolks. 
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!