Here is a quick and easy recipe for a simple weeknight meal using tinned kipper snacks. If kippers are new to you, they are smoked herring. Kippers are usually sold in a pop-top tin and are a type of canned fish often called kipper snacks. You’ll find kippers to be reasonably priced. They are a nutrient-dense food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
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Table of Contents
- What are Kippers and Why Should Be Eat Them?
- Ingredients to Make a Kippers Meal
- How to Make a Kippers Meal
- Recipe Tips
- Storing and Reheating
- How to Use Kippers in Other Ways
- More Canned Fish Recipes
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What are Kippers and Why Should Be Eat Them?
Kippers are smoked herring, which are small oily fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. This fact sheet from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows Omega-3s are especially beneficial to heart and brain health. So to aid your physical and mental health, you’ll want to consume fatty fish, like kippers, on a regular basis.
Although fresh kippers are occasionally available from a local fishmonger, they are generally sold pre-cooked in a tin labeled kipper snacks in the United States. These snacks are perfect for home cooks since they are fully cooked and require minimal preparation, making them an ideal ingredient for a quick weeknight meal.
But don’t underestimate kippers just because they may be labeled snacks or because they come ready to eat in a can. Kippers are a nutrient-dense food because, ounce for ounce, they are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and are also rich in vitamins D and B12, niacin, and riboflavin.
- Learn more: Everything You Need to Know About Smoked Kippers
Ingredients to Make a Kippers Meal
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- 2 Tins of Kippers
- 1 Bunch of Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Shallot
- Olive Oil
How to Make a Kippers Meal
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You can prepare a delicious kippers meal as follows:
- Cook the rice with chicken broth or bone broth, butter, and sea salt.
- When the rice is done, place a portion in a bowl and top the rice with one can of kippers. Set aside.
- Chop the parsley and mix it with the lemon zest, pulp, and juice.
- Add a minced shallot to the parsley mixture.
- Drizzle some olive oil into the parsley mixture to create a sauce.
- Top the kippers with the sauce and enjoy!
In case you have tried kippers and are not a big fan, not to worry. Canned mackerel works well in this recipe too!
The kippers require very little preparation, but be sure to improve the nutritional profile of the rice. In place of water, prepare the rice using the following ingredients:
- Chicken Broth or Bone Broth
- Sea Salt
Storing and Reheating
This meal made with tinned kippers is best eaten soon within the time you prepare it.
However, you can store the topping in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also put the topping in your freezer for up to 2 months, but note the freezing process will slightly change the consistency of your parsley mixture.
How to Use Kippers in Other Ways
You can use kippers in a variety of ways, including:
- Simply eaten right out of the can.
- Topped on crackers with a few capers or a squeeze of lemon juice.
- As a source of protein in a salad.
- Sautéed in butter and served for breakfast along with toast and eggs.
More Canned Fish Recipes
You can store lots of canned fish in your Prepper Pantry since they are a nutrient-dense food and have a long shelf life. And once you’re ready to enjoy your canned fish, try the following recipes.
- How to Make Salmon Patties with Canned Salmon
- The Best Sardines Recipe for Canned Sardines
- How to Make Tuna Boat Surprise Using Canned Tuna
- How to Make a Depression Era Tuna Pie
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Tinned Kippers Recipe
- 2 Serving bowls
- 2 cups Cooked rice See Recipe Notes.
- 2 cans Kippers Alternatively, you can use canned mackerel.
- 1 bunch Flat-leaf Italian Parsley, chopped, stems removed See the recipe video for the process of trimming your parsley.
- 1 large Lemon, zest, juice, and pulp Be sure to remove the seeds.
- 1 medium Shallot, minced
- 1/4-1/2 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
- Put one cup of the cooked rice into each bowl.
- Open the 2 cans of kippers.
- Empty the contents of one can of kippers on the rice in your first bowl. Repeat this process with the second can of kippers in your second bowl.
- Mix the parsley, lemon zest, juice, pulp, and shallots in a bowl and mix well to incorporate.
- Add in enough olive oil to the parsley mixture to make a sauce.
- Top the kippers with as much sauce as you would like and serve immediately. This dish is best consumed when made.
- You can store any remaining sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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