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Icelandic Fish Stew including cod, potatoes and chopped green onions in a gold rimmed bowl and bread in the background

The Great Icelandic Fish Stew!

This hearty stew is beloved by Icelanders! Here is a modern take on this traditional dish which is creamy, cheesy, and absolutely scrumptious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine European, icelandic
Servings 4 people
Calories 405 kcal


  • Large covered skillet to cook the fish
  • large pot to cook the stew


  • 1 lb cod can also use haddock
  • 1 onion large
  • 1 lb baby potatoes I used a colorful medley! Try to keep the potatoes a uniform size, so you may need to cut some of the larger ones down. Can also use russet potatoes (peeled and cut into smallish pieces)
  • 3.5 cups chicken or fish stock may add additional ½ cup to make 4 cups if you prefer more broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream can use milk if you prefer
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ts curry powder S&B is a great one to use!
  • 1 cup Emmentaler cheese grated
  • salt to taste and also to cook the fish wish
  • pepper to taste
  • green onions sliced as a nice garnish!


  • Begin by placing your cod or haddock in a large skillet that has a cover. Add water to cover the fish, and around ½ ts salt, then bring to the boil and simmer on medium (covered) for around 10 minutes. When finished the fish will be nice and flaky. Drain the water from the fish.
    flaky cod in water in a skillet
  • While the fish is cooking, in a separate pot melt the butter on medium high heat. Add the diced onions and sauté around 5 minutes until softened.
    diced onion and butter in a pot
  • Then you will add the stock and potatoes. Bring this to the boil, and then simmer (uncovered) until the potatoes are fork tender (around 20 minutes).
    fish stew broth in a pot with a fork holding a fork tender baby potato in the foreground
  • Next add the cooked fish to the pot and stir to break it up a bit.
    flaky cod added to fish stew in a pot
  • Lastly, it's time to add the cream, grated Emmentaler, and curry powder. Stir to combine, then add salt and pepper to taste!
    icelandic fish stew containing cod, baby potatoes, cream, pepper, and curry powder with a blue cooking utensil
  • Enjoy this delicious and hearty stew with some nice crusty bread!
    icelandic fish stew with fish on a spoon and baguettes and salad in the background


The nutrition information does not include salt that is added to taste and also assumes using unsalted broth.  
Feel free to substitute Jarlsberg for the Emmentaler if you wish.  You could lighten this up by subbing milk instead of cream.
If curry tastes are not your thing, by all means you can leave this out and just season with salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 31gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 1052mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 733IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 286mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cod, Fish, fish stew, icelandic stew, seafood
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