Fiskesuppe (Norwegian Cod Chowder)

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I love cod. Aside from salmon, it’s my second favorite fish. I went to Costco and bought cod and chicken. Lots of it–well, a normal costco-sized amount anyhow. My husband dutifully packaged it and placed it in the freezer for me, while I set out trying to find a way to use it up. Via pinterest and foodgawker I’ve stumbled onto a few exceptional recipes from SAVEUR. Saveur is a blog-like website and magazine owned by the same fellows who bring you Popular Science and Field & Stream. All their pictures are refreshingly global, food porn.

It’s not particularly easy to find recipes if you don’t already know the name–but the recipes I’ve tried so far have been winners. I’m willing to give it another go, and I liked their other articles about travel and food techniques.

For my cod, I adapted their Fiskesuppe recipe–because it is my way, so here it is:

Fiskesuppe
Norwegian Cod and Root Vegetable Chowder (Adapted from SAVEUR)

Tip: Cut all the veggies in advance, because root vegetables are time consuming to peel.

6 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (green bell peppers are bitter)
salt and black pepper (I did about a half tsp each, added more salt at the end post-fish)

Melt the butter and saute the vegetables for about 8-10 minutes.

2 medium carrots, sliced ¼” thick
1 large parsnip, peeled and chopped
1 small celery root, peeled and chopped
8 small dutch potatoes, peeled and cut
3 cups vegetable stock
2 cups half-n-half
1.5 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Add all of the root vegetables, stock, milk, and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 25 minutes.

2 lb. boneless, skinless cod fillet, cut into 2″ pieces

Add cod, and cook for about 6 minutes

1/3 cup dill, chopped
1/2 cup parsley leaves, chopped

Add herbs and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add any additional salt.
Be careful when stirring as cod will break a part once cooked.

Eat with delicious bread! I recommend this recipe (or a loaf from Safeway, which is what I had to do because I didn’t have a chance to make fresh homemade bread! Boo).

Enjoy! 🙂

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