Sunday dinner, Norwegian style


If you are a vegetarian who doesn’t eat fish, you may not want to read this post.


Last week the weather was cold but beautiful, with clear skies and plenty of sunshine. The weekend arrived and we were hit with another snow storm, but we didn’t let this interfere with our dinner plans.


Yesterday we took the boat out, set some nets and then returned this morning to collect our catch. There were fifteen Cod fish in the net. My father calls Cod, Norwegian turkey.


I don’t like seeing them jump around, gulping air. So when my husband wasn’t looking, I quickly threw the smallest ones back into the sea.


In less than two hours the fish were filleted and ready to cook. When fish is fresh, it curls and splits as it fries on the pan. It smells like the ocean and tastes like a dream.


Later, when my son asked how many fish we caught, I heard my husband answer “I could have sworn there were fifteen but I filleted only ten, I guess the other five jumped ship…”


About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on January 27, 2013, in all things Norsk, Family stuff, Photos and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. I’m laughing about you throwing the fish back – think I may have done the same, Maggie. Loved your pics btw

  2. Terry Anne Wilson

    Made me smile, I would do the same Maggie and free the little ones!

  3. I grew up on lutefisk, so cod is a welcome fish in our home:) I make a wonderful cod stew πŸ™‚ I’m glad you gave a few a second chance at life too!

    • Believe it or not, I have been living in Norway for twenty years and have never tasted Lutefisk. Its not very popular here in the South, but they eat it for Christmas in the North of Norway πŸ™‚

  4. It looks wonderful!

  5. Look delicious! Wish I had some!

  6. Loved your Blog Maggie! I really liked the part about throwing the small ones back, not sure what your Grandpa would say about that though! πŸ™‚

  7. I enjoyed this little snapshot of your life in Norway, Maggie. Glad you are a Fish Liberator! Made me smile.

  8. annie siersema potter

    carlin and i read your post and we laughed! your fish fry looked wonderful! we are playing in the snow inside! she has a cold so i don’t want her to miss the fun! xoxo

  9. You brought the snow inside? You better play, fast!

  10. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Comβ„’ and commented:
    Ms. Maggie….you have a heart of gold. I love this post.

  11. The reference to Norwegian turkey was brilliant!! You give new meaning to preparing dinner!!! πŸ™‚

  12. itsallaboutpurple

    yummy, that fish sure does look good!!

  13. Hee hee hee…! πŸ™‚ Lovely post and that fish really looks delicious! πŸ™‚

  14. I love good cod. Had some frozen fillets last week and they were terrible, and not because of my cooking. Then yesterday I bought some “fresh wild caught Pacific cod” from the fish department at my (really good) supermarket here in the US, and they were fabulous. But I’m betting not nearly as fabulous as yours! Good for you throwing back the little ones. Still, I’m wondering, did you eat all 10??

  15. americaninnorway

    YUM! – looks delicious πŸ™‚

  16. There is nothing better than eating a fresh catch of fish! How wonderful and I feel like having a fish dinner now! (and probably will). You’re so sweet for throwing the little ones back – I do that as well and say, ‘we’ll pick those ones up next time when they’re a bit bigger’ πŸ˜€

  17. A wonderful fishy story. I agree, you should always send some back for next time πŸ™‚

  18. Haha, that would be me too, throwing the little fishies back into the sea. ~ Lily

  19. too funny about throwing the little ones back into the sea – I wouldn’t have been able to touch them πŸ™‚

  20. I love cod I have a recipe I make occasionally for it with a cheddar and herb crust sadly here in the UK cod is quite pricey these days

  21. That looks delicious! I have a friend who lives up in VesterΓ₯len and is a fisherman, when we visited him we tasted the most fresh and beautiful cod I’ve ever had. And I might have done the same as you with throwing the little ones back in the sea… πŸ™‚

  22. Three first photos are my favorite. They show so nicely how sea can be in the North.

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