Plokkfiskur Recipe

This traditional Icelandic fish stew tells a story of the island’s rugged beauty and the resilience of its people. Beyond being a dish, Plokkfiskur invites you to savor the simple pleasures of Icelandic life and the rich flavors that emerge from the cold North Atlantic waters. Join us as we unravel the tale of Plokkfiskur, offering you a taste of the hearty, satisfying, and authentically Icelandic culinary experience.


  • 1 lb cod or haddock, boneless and skinless, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2-3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Prepare the Fish:
    • Cut the cod or haddock into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the Potatoes:
    • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent.
    • Stir in the flour to create a roux, cooking for a minute to eliminate the raw flour taste.
    • Gradually add the milk while stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
    • Add the diced potatoes to the pot and simmer until they are tender.
  3. Add the Fish:
    • Gently fold in the fish pieces, ensuring they are submerged in the creamy mixture.
    • Continue to simmer until the fish is cooked through, which usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Season and Garnish:
    • Season the stew with salt and pepper according to your taste.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and added flavor.
  5. Serve:
    • Ladle the Plokkfiskur into bowls and serve it hot.

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