Icelandic Mashed Fish, or Plokkfiskur

plokkfiskur, Icelandic

Icelandic mashed fish and potatoes, or plokkfiskur, was my favorite dish when I visited Iceland.  It’s like American mashed potatoes with added mashed fish.  It’s a very comforting dish for cold weather.  Since the weather is changing and getting cooler, I thought it would be good.  I adapted this recipe from Cool Dishes by Nanna Rognvaldardottir.

Mashed fish, or plokkfiskur

3 codfish steaks, cooked

3 medium potatoes, washed and peeled

1 onion, chopped

1/2 stick butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups milk

salt to taste

pepper to taste

pinch chives

Boil the potatoes as you would for mashed potatoes, until they are soft enough for mashing.  Cook the codfish (I boiled it).  Mash them both together in a mixing bowl with a potato masher.  Saute the onion in the butter until soft.  Add flour and stir.  Add milk, salt and pepper.  Bring to a low boil, then lower to a simmer until thickened, stirring often.  Add milk mixture to mashed potatoes and fish and mix.  Top with chives.


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