Foods of Norway


Fish is popular among the foods of Norway and Grilled Salmon (above) is surely a favorite.

No surprise - there is an abundance of seafood found in the waters inside and surrounding the nation. The fishing industry is flourishing, so naturally, Norway is a large exporter of fish.

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Seafood is healthy; we do not seem to eat enough of it. It is a well-known fact that salmon (laks in Norwegian) is a rich source of Omega 3 Fatty Acid, the healthy fat, which lowers our cholesterol.

No wonder that the Norwegian population is one of the healthiest in the world, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. In Norway, it is quite common to eat fish three to four times a week, which is recommended by International Health Organizations.

Since fresh fish is good and plentiful in Norway, the people there have developed numerous delicious ways to prepare seafood.

Unusual facts about the Foods of Norway...

They poach, grill, bake, fry, marinate, smoke, grind it, salt-and-dry it; cure it in salt brine, pickle it in wine, vinegar and spices, and would you believe, they just hang-it-up-to-dry.

What more could they possibly do to it? Oh, yes - they saute it and you'll find it as the main ingredient in soups and salads, yummy dumplings and seafood loaves.

The famous Cod-liver oil is made of the cod liver; a side dish is made of the cod liver poached in water, vinegar coarsley ground black pepper, onions and seasalt and served with poached cod.

Delicious Norwegian kaviar (caviar) is made of fish roe prepared with delectable herbs, spices and sauces and is usually sold in tubes.

Read on for more weird facts about the Foods of Norway...

Ever heard of Lutefish, Oh My, that is another chapter... but, first we'll talk about Stockfisk/"Kleppfesk"/Klippfisk:

When the fish is salted and dried, it is called Stockfish (klippfisk or kleppfesk in Norwegian and that is the fish used to make Bacalao among other delicacies, s.a. Lutefisk.


Stock fish (klippfisk or kleppfisk in Norwegian (above)

The fish commonly used to make lutefisk is cod, but other kinds of fish are also utilized. The fish is first soaked in lye, made of birch ash, and secondly, slowly dried and then you have... Love it or Leave it...Lutefisk...I told you Norwegian food is weird. ha ha


Lutefisk Dinner (above)

Oh, I totally forgot about sild/herring...which is cured in salt and used to make scrumptious sursild in Norwegian , that's pickled herring in English. There are numerous recipes for making pickled herring, including ingredients s.a sour cream to fruits and vegetables - your imagination is the limit.

Find recipes for various Foods of Norway here...

seafoos bisque
Seafood Bisque/Averøy Fiskesuppe/Fish Soup

No one can "whip up" this soup better than my sister-in-laws, Gerd Merete and Marit. I remember, for mom's birthday, one year, they made seafood bisque for about 50 guests. People are still talking about how delicious it was.
bent fishing
Bent Fishing

My brother, Bjørn, and his son, both hobby fishermen, provided most of the ingredients from their fishing excursions.

Read on for seafood recipes below...

Fish Soup
Seafood Bisque with Shrimp
Savory Baked Salmon with Vegetables
Healthy Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce
Salmon Chowder
Salmon in Lemony Lemon Sauce
Marinated Salmon with Sherry Sauce
Dill Marinated Salmon/Norwegian Gravlaks
Hoffmeister Sauce

Smoked Salmon (Røkt Laks in Norwegian) - how delicious, and another popular choice from the many foods of Norway.

breakfast is served
Breakfast is served
Sliced smoked salmon with an egg omelet/omelette and tomatoes)

My family and friends in Michigan, love it when I bring vacuum-packed, smoked salmon fillets from Norway for them to enjoy.

Norwegian Smoked Salmon, cream cheese,
sliced hard-boiled egg on a Bagel

My brother Bjørn, makes sure we are well supplied. His friend does salmon farming in Averøy, an island nearby the city of Kristiansund. Cleaning, smoking, and vacuum-packing the fish takes place immediately after it is harvested. Fresh Smoked means fresh here.

Norwegian Gravlaks is made from fresh or frozen salmon fillets. It is marinated in a dill-infused marinade and served with Piquant classic Hoffmeister Sauce.

Cod, "the Beef of the Sea", is definitely a Norwegian food because there are tons of codfish being fished in Norway and we Vikings eat a lot of it and also other kinds of seafood. Cod is lean and mild in flavor, which lends itself well in many recipes.

That might be one of the reasons you'll see a lot of slender Norwegians running around. One whole codfish has the same calorie content as one tiny, little sugar cube. HUH? Makes you think - right?

Try these Cod Fish Recipes...

Norwegian Bacalao, a delicious Cod Recipe
Cod Casserole
Cod Baked in Foil
Cod in Cream Sauce
Cod and Broccoli
Fish Nuggets Norwegian Fiskeboller
Fish Patties/Fish Burgers
Caviar (Kaviar in Norwegian)
Pickled Herring Recipes
Stewed Green Peas

Pickled Herring is herring (sild) fillets pickled in sweet-sour sauce; sour cream, wine sauce, in tomato sauce (tomatsild) and more. Homemade Tomatsild is my son's favorite and aunt Gerd makes it just right.

Norwegian Caviar (Kaviar) is another delicacy. It is packaged in tubes so it is easy to keep fresh and also to use as a sandwich spread and a tasty garnish on appetizers.

Fish Nuggets Norwegian Fiskeboller are exported all over the world. They are also available fresh, frozen, or canned in Norwegian supermarkets. Also, they can easily be made from white fish in your own kitchen. My daughter makes them from frozen cod and they turn out well.

More Norwegian Recipes...


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This might come as a surprise to you - Norwegians do not only eat fish...they eat beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, venison and more. You will find wonderful roasts baking; soups and stews simmering and chicken grilling in Norwegian kitchens.

Mom makes awesome soups, "purrrfect" cold-weather food. Today is very cold here in Michigan, so I am making my mom's Savory Yellow Pea Soup to warm us up on this cold winter day. hamburger So, do you believe you would go hungry if you visit my country? Will you be asking for hamburgers or might you try some of the authentic Foods of Norway instead?

By the way, they have hamburgers, just in case you "get lonely" for American food.

You will also find hot dogs in buns or varme pølser i lumper, which are hot dogs (wrapped in potato cakes) with a Norwegian accent.

Last, but not least, one of the favorite foods of Norway is Blotkake.

On your birthday you can count on having Bløtkake, most likely with whipped cream all over it or maybe your birthday cake will be covered with marzipan (marsipan.) YUM YUM

I remember how much fun it was to get all dressed up in my beautiful party dress. Mom would curl my hair with "papirlotter", and top it off with a huge silk ribbon to match my dress, and of course, I would wear my lakksko, my black, shiny Sunday shoes.

It was a wonderful feeling to go to the birthday parties dressed in my prettiest clothes.

I remember as a child, at one birthday party I had 4 pieces of bløtkake. WOW!

Bløtkake Birthday Cake (left)


Birthday Party with Little Friends.)(above)

Naturally, one of the "funnest" part of a birthday party for kids is the birthday cake.

Norwegian bløtkake is usually covered with tons of whipped cream and topped with berries, which seem to be perfect for little girls and boys.

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