Kiluvõileib is a delicious Estonian open-faced sandwich that showcases marinated Baltic herring as its star ingredient. It is typically accompanied by a variety of flavorful toppings, including boiled eggs, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream. The combination of these ingredients creates a harmonious blend of textures and flavors.

To prepare kiluvõileib in a distinct way, follow these steps:


Sliced bread (rye bread is traditional, but you can use any bread of your choice)

Marinated Baltic herring fillets

Boiled eggs, sliced

Tomatoes, sliced

Onions, thinly sliced

Sour cream or crème fraîche

Fresh dill or parsley for garnish (optional)


1- Start by toasting or lightly grilling the slices of bread. This will add a nice crunch to the sandwich.

2- Once the bread is ready, place the marinated Baltic herring fillets on each slice. You can use one or two fillets per sandwich, depending on your preference.

3- Arrange the sliced boiled eggs, tomatoes, and onions on top of the herring fillets. You can layer them in any order you prefer.

4- Drizzle some sour cream or crème fraîche over the toppings. This adds a creamy element to the sandwich and enhances the flavors.

5- If desired, sprinkle some fresh dill or parsley on top for a touch of freshness and additional flavor.

6- Serve the Kiluvõileib sandwiches immediately and enjoy their delightful blend of textures and flavors.

Note: Kiluvõileib can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to experiment with additional toppings like cucumber slices, pickles, or herbs to make it your own.

Here's an approximate breakdown of the nutritional information for the main ingredients in Kiluvõileib:

Sliced bread (based on 1 slice, approximately 28 grams):

Calories: 70-80 kcal

Carbohydrates: 14-17 grams

Protein: 2-3 grams

Marinated Baltic herring fillets (based on 1 fillet, approximately 20 grams):

Calories: 40-50 kcal

Carbohydrates: 0 grams

Protein: 5-6 grams

Boiled eggs (based on 1 large egg, approximately 50 grams):

Calories: 70-80 kcal

Carbohydrates: 0.5 grams

Protein: 6 grams

Tomatoes (based on 1 medium tomato, approximately 123 grams):

Calories: 22 kcal

Carbohydrates: 5 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Onions (based on 1 small onion, approximately 70 grams):

Calories: 28 kcal

Carbohydrates: 7 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Sour cream or crème fraîche (based on 1 tablespoon, approximately 15 grams):

Calories: 25-30 kcal

Carbohydrates: 1-2 grams

Protein: 0.5-1 gram

Please note: that these values are approximate and can vary depending on the specific brands or variations of the ingredients used. It's always a good idea to check the nutritional information provided on the packaging of the products you use for more accurate data.

Remember that the overall nutritional content of your Kiluvõileib sandwich will also depend on the amounts and proportions of each ingredient you use.

Enjoy your homemade Kiluvõileib!

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