Plokkfiskur from Iceland

"My DH was excited when I found this recipe in *Cool Cuisine* (Traditional Icelandic Cuisine) by Nanna Rognvaldardottir. The English translation of *Plokkfiskur* is *Mashed Fish* but I found that title more than a little off-putting for something that is so favored here & opted to use the Icelandic word. Per the intro, "In early times when Icelandic housewives served poached haddock (or other white fish) w/boiled potatoes several times a wk, there were usually leftovers & they were typically incorporated into this simple & very popular dish. Today people buy fresh fish just to make this dish & it is even sought after & found in upscale restaurants." (Times have been estimated, but this recipe begins w/the fish & potatoes already cooked so that time is not reflected) *Enjoy* ! - *Edited to Add* on 10/3: When visiting w/an Icelandic friend tonite Re this recipe, she said this dish is also popular in a gratin form that adds cheese (usually Gouda) to the mix, tops it w/extra cheese & then finishes it in the oven to heat thru & melt the cheese. *Yum* !"
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  • 560 g haddock (cooked, 1 1/4 lbs) or 560 g cod (cooked, 1 1/4 lbs)
  • 560 g potatoes (boiled & peeled, 1 1/4 lbs)
  • 1 white onion (chopped finely)
  • 350 ml milk (12 oz)
  • 55 g butter (2 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chives (freshly snipped to add color, flavor & garnish)


  • Skin, bone & break up the fish into flakes.
  • Roughly chop potatoes & finely chop onion.
  • Slowly heat milk in a saucepan almost to a boiling point.
  • In a med to lrg sized non-stick saucepan (while the milk is heating), melt butter & saute onion over med-heat till soft. Do not allow it to brown.
  • Sprinkle flour over onion, stir well & cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually add warmed milk, stirring continuously. Simmer for 3-4 min, stirring often.
  • Add flaked fish & stir briskly to break up the fish flakes completely. Season liberally w/salt & pepper.
  • Add potatoes & stir gently. Cook over low-heat till heated through.
  • Spoon into 4 bowls & sprinkle ea serving with 1/2 tbsp chives. Serve hot w/dark rye bread & butter.
  • UPDATE: I have made this recipe now & it actually comes together faster than the time stated, esp w/the fish & potatoes cooked well-ahead & just heated in the cream sauce. Pls take *SEASON LIBERALLY* to heart. I used McCormick Lemon Pepper & Seasoning Salt liberally in the prep, we added more at the table & it was perfect w/this!

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  1. Julianne D.
    Just returned from an Iceland trip and was thrilled to find this recipe! We substituted halibut as the white fish (due to availability). Turned out great and will definitely make again! I didn't add enough seasoning, so sprinkled on some rosemary lemon salt after serving. The version we ordered in Iceland was more the gratin style. I'll try adding the gouda (per your comment) next time.
  2. 45patrik
    You forgot the Rúgbrauð, still a good recept
  3. tomszack
    My GF and I passed thought Iceland this September and somehow missed this dish... Anyway, we made it last night, adding the Gouda...It was absolutely wonderful! About an hour total prep if not preparing the potatoes and fish beforehand.
  4. Wineaux
    I've been making this with salmon - the kind that comes in a airtight bag - and it's delicious! Sometimes I add a pinch of dill for a different take on the recipe. Good post!


I am an American transplanted from Dallas to Iceland by marriage to a native Icelander & I retired to become his "Kitchen Queen". We love to entertain our family & friends, so I have an eclectic collection of recipes. I especially love simple, easy-fix, flexible & make-ahead recipes - BUT also like challenging myself on occasion. I enjoy baking & food photography. I am devoted to the "More is Always Better Principle" & apply it liberally to bacon, butter & garlic. I can have ingredient issues due to availability here in Iceland & my DH is medically diet-restricted from some ingredients as well. Either situation might require me to modify a recipe, but I will do my best to be true to your recipes & fair/honest in my reviews. Mary Pat (aka twissis)
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