Monday, 17 February 2014

Review: Norwegian Skrei Cod in a simple Butter and Parsley Sauce

I don't get to eat much fish at home as the OH isn't a fan of anything with gills and I certainly can't be bothered to make something different for both of us! Now I'm working from home I can have all sorts of things for lunch. The mind boggles. In reality it's almost always toast but I was offered some Skrei cod to try and I thought it would make my midday meal much more exciting.
Skrei is a much loved Norwegian delicacy. Skrei must be caught fully grown and meet the strict quality standards to be labelled as such. This source of cod is a sustainable one and most of the Skrei are line caught. You can read more about Skrei via an article from Hugh's Fish Fight here.
I didn't want to mess around and over complicate this delicate fish so I cooked it very simply. I fried a piece in a little olive oil and butter only flipping it once to prevent it breaking up.
When the cod was almost ready I added a little extra butter, some salt and pepper and a small handful of parsley to make a quick sauce.
As I'm no expert in cooking fish I was really pleased how this turned out. The cod was lovely and thick, nice and firm, but fell apart with the slightest nudge from a fork. The flakes that it fell into were huge and you could see the texture of the flesh really clearly. The simple butter and parsley sauce worked a treat as it didn't distract from the flavour of the cod itself. If you would like to try it for yourself it's only available between January and April each year and you can get it from Harrods, Booths or ask your local fishmonger.
Thank you to Bray Leino for the Skrei samples. All opinions expressed are my own.

21 comments:

  1. Looks divine, proper posh fish. Luckily we all like fish here so it features quite a lot but then again we like different recipes. Never mind.

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  2. Sometimes, simplicity is the best. That does look have the look of one flaky fish though and I can practically taste the butter in my mouth.

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  3. Your arrangement with the OH sounds very like ours. I don't eat any seafood, so my wife waits until I'm out of the house to eat fish. I can detect it though - I can smell fish at 100 paces!

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  4. I think fish dishes are best left simple...and this looks so yummy!

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  5. That does look yummy. I love fish and will be trying this :)

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  6. I only have heard that Norwegian salmon is amazing :)

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  7. I was in Norway some time back and yes, amazing dishes with salmon. Though they were not my fav, my other half loved every-bit of everything we had. Just that amount of ingredients and flavors brought out a delicious fish dish.

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  8. Cod in butter sauce sounds delicious!

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  9. gorgeous... I love this fish as it's so meaty and yet light... can't wait to tuck into my own!

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  10. The butter sauce looks lovely on this cod fish :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. I've never heard of this type of fish but it sounds like you found the perfect sauce to pair it with!

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  12. Love meaty succulent cod fish. Simple sauce is the best for the fresh seafood.

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  13. i think that if i ever want to visit norway, and i do, i'm going to have to learn how to love fish. :)

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  14. Refined and delicious! I'd love to taste that cod.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. I need a lot of help when it comes to cooking fish! Love this!

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  16. Looks delicious, all the better for being sustainable and simply cooked too.

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  17. I've had loads of cod, but I don't believe I've ever had Skrei. I should check at my fishmonger's to see if they carry it! Looks wonderful, and I love the simple preparation.

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  18. Luvly, always good not to mess around much.

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  19. I don't think I have ever heard of this particular kind of cod before. Not surprising in my rural area - I bet my husband would love this though, so I will have to see if i can find some. Thanks for the lovely idea!

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  20. Mmm a thumbs up from this Norwegian here :D My favourite way of preparing "torsk" is simply to boil it in heavily salted water, and serve it with boiled potatoes and carrots, and melted butter to pour over, divine! And it certainly brings back a lot of good childhood memories. This looks delicious :D x

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