Matjes has a characteristic taste of fresh, mild herring with a salty note. Maturation in the brine gives it a delicate and almost creamy texture. The aroma is light and pleasant and reminiscent of the sea, making matjes a popular dish in many cuisines. The Nordic version can be a little stronger and spicier depending on the maturation methods and seasoning
Matjes is a minted, salted, aged herring. The gills and most of the viscera, except for the pancreas, were removed. The enzymes in the pancreas trigger natural ripening, which makes the flesh of raw herring particularly tender and almost creamy. After aging in a mild brine for a week, the fish acquire their characteristic taste of sea salt and herring aroma. In order to preserve the fish meat, herring is frozen after filleting, as the salt content alone is not enough. The "cold sleep" ensures that the optimal state of enjoyment is maintained for a long time, meaning that matjes of consistent top quality are available all year round from HONEST CATCH.