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Boknacod from Arctic; Great News for Food Lovers

Learn the name of new discovery. Boknacod is semi-dried Arctic Cod and much-loved North of Norway

FINNMARK, NORTH NORWAY: It´s not every year we deliver such a tasty update about a fish. But here is the new word every food lover should pick up; Boknacod. This fish is a culturally cuisine, a love of tradition and historic taste of the future.

Traditional serving: Boknacod, potato, carrot, peas and smoked bacon.

At the epic centre of ongoing darkness and dancing Northern Lights and summer in Midnight Sun, semi-dried cod from this very North area of Norway is the new fish on the plate. In Norwegian, the original name is Boknafisk, following by Boknafisso in Italian and Boknacod in English. This exciting and breaking news feels like discover a new fish arriving from the deep sea.

Fish from the cold Atlantic Sea

Let´s describe the buzz; Boknacod is simply about a delicious fish variant made from Cod. Bokna means half-dried or semi-dried and Cod is the flaky white fish, also named as Skrei, cached in the cold North Atlantic Sea. This variation is hanged to dry for 2-3 weeks in the Arctic winter climate before ready to cook. Except the traditional meal, this fish is eaten by locals in the north of Norway. Actually, there is not many recipes related to Boknacod.

Boknacod without skin ready to be cooked in boiling salted water

Risotto and fish

After 2-3 weeks hanging outdoor, the fish is semi-dried and ready. Based on weather conditions the fish has obtained a nice hint of sour taste. The local way of preparation a meal of Boknacod is by boiling the fish in salted water and serve with potato. Add a stew of vegetables such as carrots and pan-fried bacon.
However, Boknacod is just right for a risotto or a pot along with, chickpeas, ginger and spices served with rise. The alternatives are loads. In addition, cod is healthy, low on calorie and packed with iron, not to forget the arctic taste.

Risotto and Boknacod was a perfect match

Traditional real meal

Back in fashion. Long time ago, Boknacod fell out of fashion even by the locals. Now the deep-rooted favourite from the Arctic is back, driven by love of healthy food, sustainable fish and for long time missing a traditional real meal. The cod is not salted or nothing fancy or extra, just semi-dried outdoor in all weather conditions. This is a fish placed between the white fresh cod and on the other side the complete dried cod and the heavenly salted and dried cod, famed as bacalao and so much loved by the Brazilian.

Cod is Great – Boknacod even better. Editor Gudmund Lindbaek serving Risotto with boknacod – fish from the Arctic of Norway

Cod is Great

We know the fishermen who cache fish along the arctic coast. The main season is from end of February until spring. Ask for further information as we are the self-appointed official promoter and supplier. Year 2020 is The Year of Boknacod and you can secure your order  now. Or ask for Boknacod next time in the Arctic of Norway.
Because, Boknacod is Great!

Before you head north to the Arctic of Norway, we have exclusive story about the Northern Lights

Arctic :Bright, sunny days, with blazing autumn colors mirrored in clear water and dark winters. That´s life in the North of Norway


Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I plan for ambitious once-in-a-lifetime trips. My delight is the prospect of Future Travels: Longer, Slower, Farther! I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.


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