Plokkfiskur (Icelandic Fish Stew)

(from staceydan’s recipe box)

Categories: fish


  • 1 1/4lbs cod, halibut or haddock, boiled
  • 1 1/4lb potatoes, boiled and peeled
  • 1 white onion
  • 12 oz milk
  • 2 oz butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chives, freshly snipped to add colour, flavour & garnish


  1. Skin, bone & break up the boiled fish into flakes.

  2. Roughly chop potatoes & finely chop onion.

  3. Slowly heat milk in a saucepan almost to a boiling point.

  4. While the milk is heating, in a medium to large sized non-stick saucepan, melt butter & sauté onion over medium heat until soft. Do not allow it to brown.

  5. Sprinkle flour over onion, stir well & cook for 1-2 minutes.

  6. Gradually add warmed milk, stirring continuously. Simmer for 3-4 min, stirring often.

  7. Add flaked fish & stir briskly to break up the fish flakes completely. Season liberally w/salt & pepper.

  8. Add potatoes & stir gently. Cook over low heat until heated through.

  9. Spoon into 4 bowls & sprinkle each serving with 1/2 tbsp chives. Serve hot w/dark rye bread & butter

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