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Recipe for Herring Fish Egyptian Renga

by Lily
recipe for herring fish

Renga is a common seafood appetizer in Egypt. The first time I tried Renga was from my husband. In fact, it was one of the very first dishes he made for me. This original recipe for herring fish is authentically Egyptian. It can be an appetizer or quick dinner meal (with a side of homemade french fries).

To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first. Smoked herring fish? I didn’t even know it existed at the grocery store. If you like smoked salmon, then you really have to try this dish.

I’ve tried Renga in several seafood restaurants in Egypt, and still, without a doubt, my husband’s recipe is the best. Not that I’m biased or anything.

Renga is made a quick dinner when you add some easy homemade french fries. This meal is so good!

Recipe for Herring Fish – Renga

Buy smoked herring from the grocery store. Often times the fish will come whole, just like the one below.

smoked herring fish

Remove the bones and skin from 2 smoked herring fish. Chop the herring fish, bell pepper, and 2 small onions into similarly small pieces.

renga ingredients

Add chopped bell pepper, onion, and smoked herring to a bowl. Add the juice of 4 whole limes. This is not a typo!

Add 3/4 cup of plain yogurt and 1/4 cup tahini to the bowl. Make sure the yogurt is not sweet in any way. You can also use greek yogurt if you like.


Mix ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

recipe for herring fish

If wanting to make this recipe as a standalone dinner, make some easy homemade french fries to accompany.

egyptian renga

How Do You Eat Renga

For those of you who have never eaten Renga before, you eat it with pita bread. I personally like to take a piece of bite-size pita bread and dip it in the Renga, much like you would hummus. Oh, and if you are not green onion adverse, add them on the side.

Another option is to eat Renga with fried or baked pita chips.

How Long Can You Store Renga

I am pretty weird when it comes to seafood. With the exception of ceviche and Renga, I typically do not eat my seafood after day 1. But that’s a personal preference. For Renga, I’d eat it within 2 days of making.

What is Tahini

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It kind of reminds me of peanut butter. Tahini is used in several middle eastern dishes such as hummus.

Where To Buy Tahini

This is a common question. Tahini is actually pretty easy to find in the supermarket. If you have an international section, look there. If you can’t find it in the supermarket, then buy it on Amazon.

Make Your Own Tahini

If you cannot find Tahini anywhere, then make it at home yourself. It’s pretty easy to do. This is the same way I make my own homemade Tahini.

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recipe for herring fish

Recipe for Herring Fish Egyptian Renga

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Halal


This appetizer turned quick dinner option is authentically Egyptian. If you are looking for a tasty quick recipe for herring fish, read on.



  • Two whole herring fish
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 small red onions
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 4 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Remove meat from smoked herring fish.
  2. Chop bell peppers, onions, and herring fish into similarly sized pieces. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  3. Squeeze 4 whole limes over the ingredients.
  4. Add yogurt and tahini.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Mix and enjoy with pita bread.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Chopping
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 370
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 90 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 22 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Cholesterol: 2 mg

Keywords: renga raynga ringa egyptian smoked herring sald recipe

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Lilian B. April 21, 2020 - 11:07 pm

Thanks Mo, glad you liked it!

Mo April 9, 2020 - 9:19 am



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