Smoked Herring Choka Recipe

Published on November 3rd 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on April 1st 2024
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Overview of a bowl of choka salad next to a plate of crackers

Smoked Herring Choka is an excellent smoked salty snack that pairs great with some crackers or in a sandwich with roasted or fried bake. Before refrigeration, people would smoke or salt their meats as a form of preservation; however, the tradition has survived because of the intense flavors that come from these processes. We take the strong smoky flavors with this Smoked Herring Choka recipe and enhance them with fresh herbs and vegetables to create a unique fishy, smokey, and salty salsa.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 2 (3.25 oz) Tins Smoked Herring 

  • 2 Medium Tomatoes diced

  • 1 Small Onion chopped

  • 1 Clove Garlic minced

  • 3 Seasoning Peppers minced

  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Tarragon

  • 2 Spring Onions chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

  • Black Pepper To taste

  • Spicy Option - Scotch Bonnet Pepper seeded and chopped

Instructions

Place Smoked Herring fillets into a bowl, flaking the meat using a fork. 

Overview of flaked smoked herring in a bowl

Prepare the Onion, Garlic, Seasoning Peppers, Tomatoes, Tarragon, and Spring Onions adding them to the bowl with the flaked herring.

Overview of diced vegetables and herbs being mixed with flaked smoked herring

In a small sauté pan, warm the 4 tablespoons of oil on medium to high heat for 3-5 minutes.

Overview of a pan of vegetable oil being heated up.

Once the oil is hot, remove from the heat and slowly pour all over your fish and vegetable mixture listening for the sizzling sound. Mix to incorporate all the ingredients and add black pepper to taste.

Overview of hot oil and seasonings being mixed with the choka in a bowl

Serve with crackers or your favorite fried or roasted bake.

Overview of a bowl of herring choka with a spoon inside next to a plate of crackers

Spicy Option - Add Chopped and Seeded Scotch Bonnet to step 2.

Scotch bonnets being added to cholka salad for the spicy option
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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart