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Kippers: How To Cook Them Perfectly Every Time

Grilled Kipper with Creamy Scrambled Eggs Recipe Abel & Cole from We all love the smell of kippers in the morning,...

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Grilled Kipper with Creamy Scrambled Eggs Recipe Abel & Cole from

We all love the smell of kippers in the morning, don’t we? But it can be a bit tricky to get them just right. Too often they’re either too dry or too soggy. But no longer! In this blog post, Journalist Lily Morgan will explain how to cook kippers perfectly every time.

What are Kippers?

Kippers are herrings that have been split in half, gutted, salted or pickled and smoked. They’re an incredibly versatile fish and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. Kippers are a popular dish in many countries including the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Ingredients and Equipment

To cook kippers perfectly every time you will need:

  • Kippers
  • Butter or oil
  • A heavy-based frying pan

Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Kippers

Now you’ve got the ingredients and equipment, you’re ready to get cooking!

Step 1: Heat the Frying Pan

Place the heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat and allow it to heat up. Once it’s hot, add a knob of butter or a splash of oil and swirl it around the pan. This will help to prevent the kippers from sticking.

Step 2: Add the Kippers

Gently place the kippers into the pan, skin side down. Allow them to cook for 4-5 minutes or until the skin has become a deep golden brown. Then, flip them over and cook for a further 4-5 minutes.

Step 3: Serve

Remove the kippers from the pan and serve with your choice of accompaniment. Kippers are delicious with boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables or a simple salad. Enjoy!

How to Store Kippers

If you’ve cooked too many kippers, don’t worry! They can be stored in the fridge for up to two days. Simply wrap them in cling film, foil or place them in an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Tips and Tricks for Cooking Kippers

  • If you’re cooking kippers in the oven, preheat it to 180°C (356°F) and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try adding some herbs and spices to the kippers? Thyme, chilli flakes, garlic or paprika work particularly well.
  • Kippers are a great source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals. So why not add them to your weekly meal plan?

Cooking Kippers: The Final Verdict

Kippers may be small, but they pack a big flavour! So why not give them a try? With the right ingredients and equipment, you’ll be cooking perfectly cooked kippers every time. And if you’re stuck for ideas, you can always ‘Smoke on the Water’ (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself!).

Happy cooking!

Table of Kippers Nutrition Information

Nutrient Amount per 100g
Calories 127
Protein 14g
Fat 8.9g
Carbohydrates 0g
Sodium 272mg
Fibre 0g

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