Traditional Norwegian Stewed Fish

A traditional Norwegian dish found on
Traditional Norwegian Stewed Fish

Traditional food with an asumed origin from Western Norway. These days, this dish is eaten all over the country, and every “stewed fish family” have their own recipe. Some people use plain cod or stock fish instead of lightly salted cod. Some families may swear to pollock, but there is one thing they all have in common. A really tasty meal.


600 g [1,3 lb] lightly salted cod, cooked and cleaned
of skins and bones and cut into cubes
10 potatoes
2 onions
1 leek
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper

White sauce:

4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 liter [2,1 pt] milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
about 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

12 slice of bacon


[1] Boil the potatoes, cool in cold water and cut them into small cubes.

[2] Finely chop onions and cut  the leek in as thin slices as you can.

[3] Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Pour in the milk while stirring and let the sauce boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The finished sauce should be relatively thick.

[4] Saute the onion in the butter till it is soft. add in the potatoes and ¾ of the leek. Add the white sauce and fold in  the fish cubes. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

[5] Fry the  bacon crisp in a dry frying pan.

Serve with crispy bacon and the rest of the leek. Traditionally stewed fish is served with flatbread and a good tablespoon of butter.