Definition of rollmop in US English:



  • A rolled uncooked pickled herring fillet.

    • ‘This recipe is a nice way of doing something different, a bit like pickled rollmops, but nowhere near as intense.’
    • ‘He comprehensively describes many other ways communities have presented the ‘silver darling’ - marinating, rollmop, Bismarck to name a few.’
    • ‘It was my fault I followed rollmops with an old-fashioned ham salad with pickled beetroot and onions.’
    • ‘When the mood strikes me, I can eat an embarrassingly large number of dillpickles or rollmops, even a bag of pretzels in a sitting, or more olives than I should.’
    • ‘In the end, I went for the fish plate of smoked salmon, prawns, gravadlax, rollmop herrings and smoked mackerel for €14.95, which was served with more tasty bread.’
    • ‘They often call it zaviná which is a rolled-up herring or rollmop.’
    • ‘Try it stirred into soured cream next time you buy rollmops.’
    • ‘Since then, it's been pretty quiet - a silence broken only by the glurp associated with necking rollmop herrings, followed by interminable choruses of ‘Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen, Salty Old Queen of the Sea.’’
    • ‘Gram for gram I ate more smoked salmon than almost anything else, hotly followed by rollmop herrings at 7.3kg.’
    • ‘One of their most popular innovations has been the creation of Scottish tapas: a platter that allows tourists to sample delicacies such as haggis, smoked venison and herring rollmops, without committing to a full meal.’


Early 20th century: from German Rollmops.