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Kippers for breakfast recipe needed

zzDan May 28, 2012 07:39 AM

One that you use or know firsthand. I once tried cooking kippers and it came out awful. Used to be some bagel restaurants where you could get them. But they are no longer on the menu. Probably because they stink up the place and were not ordered too often. But my father and I both liked kippers and eggs for a once in a while breakfast.
Do you soak the kippers first to get some of the salt out? IIRC last time I tried to make this the fresh salted kippers were very salty, too salty. I did not soak them.

Here is what got me thinking about them>>>

I have caved and eaten the canned kippers but they are not as good as the refrigerated salted ones I see from Canada in some groceries. Few weeks ago I found fresh salted smoked alewives. They were very salty so I soaked them but then they were nearly impossible to fry. Fish need to be dry to fry them so I did dry them best I could


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    rjbh20 RE: zzDan May 28, 2012 10:02 AM

    Agreed that kippers are next to impossible to find, but thankfully they're still on some breakfast menus at stodgy old Anglo establishments, e.g., the Union League club.

    I've recently discovered a source for the good ones (sealed in cryovac , fish/pkg and refrigerated) and put them under the broiler. Serve with soft scrambled eggs and toast -- perfection. Also popular with the neighborhood cats...

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      Harters RE: zzDan May 28, 2012 10:29 AM

      My partner enjoys a kipper breakfast occasionally. Cooks them by dotting them with a little butter and then putting them under the grill for a few minutes.

      Jugged kippers are a very traditional way of dealing with them. Simply put them in a talll jug and pour boiling water over them anbd leave for a few minutes. They'll need drying off with some kitchen paper.

      Can't comment on which mught be best as I find them far too salty for my tastes.

      1. Antilope RE: zzDan May 28, 2012 09:16 PM

        BBC Food

        Kippers cooked in a jug with cider and lime butter

        Kipper rosti with poached egg and hollandaise sauce

        Kipper kedgeree

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