Have you ever tasted Plokkfiskur, otherwise known as traditional Icelandic fish stew? Well, today’s your lucky day as we provide with you our favourite Plokkfiskur recipe!

Plokkfiskur directly translates to “Plucked Fish” and is considered a dietary staple among those living in Iceland.


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This should hardly come as a surprise given Iceland’s historic reliance on fishing; in fact, one could go as far as to say that Plokkfiskur has become an iconic delicacy for this island.

The recipe is fairly simple, making this an easy dish to serve up when looking for an authentic Icelandic taste come dinner time. Today, we will be following a recipe by Margrét Thorlacius the mother of our current President, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

One of the great advantages of cooking up Plokkfiskur is the few ingredients necessary; white fish (haddock/cod, etc), potatoes, onion, flour, butter and water. As with everything, salt and pepper should be added to strengthen the dish’s flavour.

Below is a list of all you’ll need:

600 g haddock
500 g potatoes
1 medium-sized onion
3 tablespoons flour
50 g butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Fish stock, about 300 ml

First things first, make sure to boil water in a large pot, then place the haddock inside. Almost immediately, lower the heat and allow for the fish to simmer for about 10 minutes, ensuring the pan is covered with a lid. While this is happening, maximise your cooking time by cutting your one onion into small pieces

After ten minutes, remove the fish but leave the stock (this will be used for added flavour later). Don’t worry if the fish breaks apart when you remove it—that’s supposed to happen! Place the white fish on a dish and leave it to one side.

Next up, melt butter in a saucepan, then stir in flour. Pour in the fish stock and stir until the texture resembles a soft pudding. At this stage, lower the heat, mix the fish in with the sauce and add peeled potatoes, whole or chopped. Finally, add salt and pepper, then serve with butter coated rye bread.


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