Plukkfisk – simple and easy fish dinner

Plukkfisk is a dish I have grown up with. It is a dinner that would make gourmet chefs cringe, sigh, or shake their heads in disappointed frustration. It’s quite bland, it’s easy, it doesn’t look like much on the plate, and it’s wonderful, healthy, not at all time-consuming, and the perfect weekday dinner. Kids tend to love it and it’s an easy way to get them to eat fish, and loads of it!

What you need is:

  • One potato pr person
  • One carrot pr person
  • A quarter of a cauliflower pr person
  • One small filet of salted cod pr person
  • Half a spring onion or some chive
  • salt, pepper and a knob of butter


Rinse and peel the potatoes, dice them and add to a pot, cover with water and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. While these boil, rinse and peel the carrots. After 5 minutes of boiling add these to the potatoes. When you can pierce the potatoes with a knife, and the potato doesn’t follow the knife out of the pot, you rinse the cauliflower and add to the water. Leave it to simmer under a lid while you get the fish ready. When the cauliflower is tender (only takes a few minutes) add the fish and turn of the heat. When the fish flakes it is done. Pour out the water and mash everything with a potato masher. Add the onions or chives, finely cut, and the knob of butter (if it looks very dry you can also add a small splash of milk or soft cheese). Season to taste and enjoy!


3 thoughts on “Plukkfisk – simple and easy fish dinner

  1. I wish we had this recipe when my kids were small – I am sure they would have liked it. Though salted cod is rather hard to find at this end of Canada.

    • Cod is very common here, but any lean white fish would work – I would assume. Salting is very often used for preservation here and is thus very common.

  2. I haven’t thought about this dish for years.
    My Mother, Norwegian made it for us quite
    often and it’s really good. I’ll make it for
    My family.

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