Tommy ruff has a soft, slightly oily flesh and are thought of as a high-quality food fish.


BY Frederick Monaghan – The Loca-Vore Wine Bar Stirling


  • 12 Australian Herring fillets trimmed
  • 600l water
  • 129g salt
  • 500ml white wine vinegar
  • 200g red onion sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 black pepper corns
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 200g caster sugar


  1. Roll the fillets and place a cocktail stick to hold. Mix water and salt together and cover the fillets with the liquid (brine). Leave to stand for approx 3.5 hours, then remove fillets and wash under cold water
  2. Add vinegar and rest of ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil and allow to cool
  3. Pour over fillets, cover and place in fridge, after 2 days turn fillets and place back in fridge for 1 more day
  4. Remove and serve with some of the sliced onions and a little of the liquid warm bread



Restaurant Name

The Loca-vore Wine Bar

Restaurant Details

49 Mount Barker Rd
Stirling SA 5152
(08) 8339 4416



The Locavore (Local-eater) is Stirling’s fantastic award winning Wine and Tapas Bar based on the principles of the “100 Mile Diet”. Wherever possible everything we serve is grown or produced within a 100 mile radius.
If not local, family farmed;
if not family farmed, organic;
if not organic, fair trade.

Nutritional benefits – Herring, raw
Serving size 100 g

% Daily Value*Amount DV %
Total Fat9 g12%
Saturated Fat2 g10%
Cholesterol60 mg20%
Sodium90 mg4%
Total Carbohydrate0 g0%
Dietary Fiber0 g0%
Sugar0 g0%
Protein18 g36%
Vitamin D4.20 mcg21%
Calcium57.00 mg4%
Iron1.10 mg6%
Potassium327 mg7%

* The Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contribute to a daily diet.  2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Source:  Nutrition Value Org.

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