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Scandinavian Food Teaser of the Week: Mystery Meat

By June 4, 2008

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June 4, 2008 at 11:35 am
(1) Kallie says:

Hmmm… I’m guessing it’s salt cod? Reminds me of NASA pictures of one of Jupiter’s moons, actually. But I’m sure it tastes better!

June 4, 2008 at 11:43 am
(2) Newlyweds Guide Francesca says:

It looks like what Italians call stocca pesce, which is like a salt cod. My aunt, who married into the family and was not Italian, used to call it the stinky fish. My father loves the stuff.

June 4, 2008 at 11:46 am
(3) Kate says:

I’ll look forward to finding out more… Kate

June 4, 2008 at 11:47 am
(4) PFR says:

I’m guessing authentic, delicious Norwegian salt cod. Oh yum!

June 4, 2008 at 11:52 am
(5) Barb Rolek says:

Might this be lutefisk or the beginnings of it?

June 4, 2008 at 11:54 am
(6) Mark Kolakowski says:

I don’t know whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing that the others say the same as I do: definitely dried salted fish, perhaps cod. While touring Iceland in ’96, I had my own go at what they call “hardfisk,” which is as much a covenience store staple as beef jerky is here. Not bad and worth a try once, for the adventuresome traveler. I didn’t have their fermented shark, though.

June 4, 2008 at 11:54 am
(7) Clara James says:

I was going to say Lutefisk too…

June 4, 2008 at 12:17 pm
(8) Randall says:

Do Scandinavians always call fish “meat”?

June 4, 2008 at 12:22 pm
(9) Deborah says:

Well, I am thinking it is some sort of fish…..hahahah.

June 4, 2008 at 1:05 pm
(10) Jessica Harlan says:

Sorry, got distracted by those cinnamon rolls at the top of your page….

June 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm
(11) Terri - Scandinavia Travel says:

Thanks for the dinner inspiration, Kari!


June 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm
(12) Beth says:

Well, Randall, I guess they could call it “protein” like the chefs do.

I know it looks like dried fish, but I’m going to pretend it’s bacon!

June 4, 2008 at 6:43 pm
(13) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Well I thought bacon, I’ve never seen fish look like that, but it’s been years since I’ve seen any kind of carcas close up

June 4, 2008 at 8:01 pm
(14) Nancy says:

Looks just like baccala (Italian salt cod).

June 10, 2008 at 8:48 am
(15) Paola says:

yes, baccalà. Stoccafisso is similar. Salt dry cod, I’d say.

December 23, 2008 at 10:01 am
(16) art Helin says:

This has to be salt cod waiting to become Lutefisk for Christmas dinner.

December 23, 2008 at 9:02 pm
(17) scandinavianfood says:

Lol, Art! You’re right that it’s dried cod – but I prefer to use it for codfish balls rather than lutefisk!

July 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm
(18) tiffany says:

thats salt fish

July 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm
(19) tiffany says:

Thats is salt fish

July 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm
(20) Kari says:

Good eye, everyone! And it’s fabulous once it’s soaked and cooked up. :D

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