Kiluvõileib - Estonian Herring Sandwich


Kiluvõileib - Estonian Herring Sandwich

Savor the Baltic Delight: Kiluvõileib - A Taste of Estonian Coastal Cuisine

Indulge in the flavors of Estonian cuisine with Kiluvõileib, a traditional herring sandwich. This dish showcases the coastal influence of Estonia, combining the richness of marinated herring with the freshness of vegetables and the creaminess of butter.

Jan Dec

10 minutes


10 minutes

4 servings


Pescatarian, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Low sugar, Low calorie

Fish (herring), Gluten (rye bread)

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Paleo, Keto



  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 280 kcal / 1172 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 15g, 7g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 25g, 2g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Salt: 2g


  1. 1.
    Spread a tablespoon of softened butter on each slice of rye bread.
  2. 2.
    Place a layer of cucumber slices on two of the bread slices.
  3. 3.
    Top the cucumber slices with marinated herring fillets.
  4. 4.
    Add a layer of radish slices on top of the herring.
  5. 5.
    Close the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread, buttered side down.
  6. 6.
    Cut the sandwiches diagonally into halves or quarters.
  7. 7.
    Serve and enjoy!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Herring — If using salted herring, soak it in water for a few hours to remove excess saltiness before marinating.
  • Rye bread — Opt for a dense and flavorful rye bread to complement the herring. If unavailable, substitute with a dark whole grain bread.

Tips & Tricks

  • For added flavor, marinate the herring fillets in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and spices overnight before using them in the sandwich.
  • Customize your Kiluvõileib by adding thinly sliced red onion or fresh dill for extra freshness and aroma.
  • If you prefer a milder taste, rinse the herring fillets before assembling the sandwich to reduce the saltiness.

Serving advice

Serve Kiluvõileib as an open-faced sandwich for an elegant presentation. Garnish with fresh herbs such as dill or parsley to add a pop of color.

Presentation advice

Arrange the Kiluvõileib sandwiches on a wooden cutting board or a platter, allowing the vibrant colors of the vegetables to shine through. Serve with a side of pickles or a fresh green salad to complete the presentation.