Torsk! What in the world does torsk mean you say? Torsk itself means “cod” in Swedish, Danish, & Norwegian. It is also a cod dish in Scandinavia that is poached then broiled. I am always looking for good fish recipes besides the trusted ol’ fish n’ chips! This recipe will impress even the pickiest fish eater! It’s nice and firm with a flavor that some have said resembles lobster! That alone should make you want to try this out;)
We are extremely spoiled! My husband’s Grandpa owns a perfect little beach house right on the Oregon coast. It’s just a short drive away from the Tillamook Cheese Factory & a 3 minute walk to the Port of Garibaldi! A beautiful & friendly little fishing town that holds so many precious memories for our family. We always look forward to seeing the GIANT “G” lit up on the hill every night & hearing the fog horn from our bedroom window. Like I said, we are spoiled for getting to enjoy our little piece of paradise nestled on the coast! We try to run away to it every chance we get; to have our fill of the ocean’s bounty! Right up the road is an oyster bed for fresh oysters & we have never been skunked when it comes to crabbing in the bay. When the salmon are running we have a blast reeling them in & when they’re not, there is ALWAYS bottom fish & ling cod!! We fill our freezer as much as we can, but unfortunately we still run out!!!
Frozen cod is our next best friend;) It’s super handy and tastes great as long as you get it from a trusted source. These days many fishermen can flash-freeze it almost immediately after harvesting which makes it hold that fresh catch of the day taste! I recommend “Precious Cargo Seafood” as your seafood retailer. Their net and line caught wild fish will satisfy your craving for tasty and healthy fish. They have a new retail location in Bend, Oregon that is easy to find and access for your shopping needs. Check them out on their Facebook page as well here>>https://www.facebook.com/preciouscargo.seafood?fref=ts
The owner is amazing & they know their seafood! You can rest easy knowing that you are always getting the best in quality!! They have great recipes & tips on their website as well. I have come to realize that many people don’t know the correct way to defrost fish for cooking. Precious Cargo Seafood suggests allowing it to thaw in the fridge over night & not on your counter at room temperature. A plate should be placed under the thawing fish to catch any liquid. Improper thawing can result in a wonky fish texture & nobody wants that!
Torsk is super handy recipe because you can literally take your fish out of the freezer & put it on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes!! It’s convenient, especially on those nights where you have completely spaced what you’re going to fix for dinner! Plus, you’ll totally impress your family when you announce that you’ll be serving “Torsk” for dinner! I mean, you have to admit, it sounds kinds fancy;)
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp salt
Frozen cod filets
1 tsp black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
4 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
- In a large pot add the honey and salt, peppercorns & bay leaves to hot water, stirring to dissolve. Place filets in the pot & make sure that the water sufficiently covers them. Bring the contents of the pot to just a soft boil and allow filets to simmer until the fish is soft to the touch, but before it starts to flake apart. About 6-8 minutes if using fresh fish & 8-10 for frozen filets.
2. Turn on your oven and set it to “broil” & melt butter in a small dish in the microwave. Add the seasonings to the butter & mix thoroughly.
3. Carefully remove the filets from the liquid and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly coat the bottom of your baking dish with some of the butter/seasoning blend. Add the fish to the baking sheet; brush the remaining butter onto the fish and place in the oven to broil. Fish will broil fast, about 3 minutes or until golden and just flaking.
** You can always add extra salt & pepper at the end to suite your taste
** To kick it up, serve with a horseradish mayo or your favorite vinegar-based hot sauce!
One of the best parts of preparing fish this way is there isn’t that fried fishy odor lurking around your house for the next few days;) So, expand your dinner choices & liven up your menu tonight! Give “Torsk” a chance!
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