Plokkfiskur Recipe – Traditional Icelandic Fish Stew

Want to make a classic Plokkfiskur recipe at home? Here’s my favorite version of the traditional fish stew from Iceland.

This particular recipe for Plokkfiskur will yield a serving of 4 portions and can be made either on the stovetop or in an oven. 


Plokkfiskur Recipe

Plokkfiskur is a traditional fish stew from Iceland which is very simple with few ingredients. It's a hearty dish that is typically eaten with rye bread on the side.
You can make plokkfiskur at home even if you're not living in Iceland. Cod and haddock fillets are available almost all over the world. The same goes for potatoes and onion, which are the main ingredients.
This particular Plokkfiskur recipe can be cooked in the oven for a more savory effect or fried in a saucepan on a stovetop.
If you make the Plokkfiskur in the oven, you should cook it at 220°C (428°F). The potatoes should then be preboiled until almost finished, and added to the casserole.
Make the sauce with butter, milk, fish stock, and wheat flour on the side and add it on top before putting the casserole into the oven. Cook the Plokkfiskur in the oven until it gets a nice golden surface.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine Icelandic
Servings 4


  • 800- gram cod or haddock fillet
  • 600- gram potatoes
  • ½ onion chopped or sliced
  • 50- gram butter
  • 3 dl milk
  • 1 fish stock cube
  • 1 tablespoon wheat flour
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Boil the potatoes
  • Chop the onions, preferably fine chopped
  • Cut the fish fillet into smaller pieces and place it in a saucepan along with the onions and bay leaves. Add some water to the saucepan.
  • Allow it to cook and put it aside when the water is boiling
  • Add butter, milk, fish stock, and wheat flour into the saucepan
  • Put it back on the stovetop and stir until it's mixed nicely
  • Add salt and pepper

  • Additionally, you can add some herbs such as dill, parsley, or chives as well. This can be added during the cooking or afterward as a garnish.


There are various plokkfiskur recipes, and it can be prepared either in the oven or in a pan on a stovetop.
Plokkfiskur is typically served with rye bread on the side. It's optional but makes a nice combination which is even more filling.
Recipe by Gourmand Trotter
Keyword fish stew, icelandic food, plokkfiskur
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More information about Plokkfiskur

Plokkfiskur literally means “plucked fish” and it’s a very traditional dish from the Icelandic cuisine. It’s a comfort food which has been a great way of preserving leftovers in the past.

It has a long tradition in the country, and a lot of Icelandic families have their own Plokkfiskur recipe, even though the basics remain the same. The main ingredients are fish, either cod or haddock fillets, potatoes, onions, and a bechamel sauce. 

It can be served in casserole-style made in the oven, but it’s more commonly cooked on a stovetop. Plokkfiskur is a dish that is simple to make without too many ingredients, so it’s a classic for families.

The dish is also served in some restaurants, so if you’re visiting Iceland, just ask around for a local restaurant serving up some traditional Plokkfiskur for lunch or dinner. 

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