Icelandic Dried Fish

March 15, 2015 | Sarah

Fish dishes pop up everywhere in Iceland. It’s the locals main type of food. If it isn’t fresh, it’s dried. Even at the airport they had an elaborate assortment of various dried fish. Not speaking the language, we weren’t sure what we were eating so we made sure to consult the shop attendant who confirmed with us it was haddock. We figured why not try it!? So we did.

First off if you do like it, and there is actually 50/50 chance you will, you will snack on dried fish for the rest of your trip and dream of dried fish long after you´ve gone. This we guarantee.

When the bag is opened it brings a very strong fish smell, almost like fish food. However, how many times have you been surprised that you liked something even though it doesn’t smell the best? That’s how this is for some.

In Iceland they have fish drying farms where they hang fish to dry then hammer it into a hard candy like form. It’s very common to have dried fish served at parties there!

Fish drying in a field in Iceland.
Fish drying in a field in Iceland.

The dried Haddock was crunchy at first with a spongy feeling once it is chewed. Simply put, it tastes like it smells; very, very fishy. As you can see in the video, I had a strong opinion on the taste, however, Luis and the locals seem to love it and so do many visitors of the area! There is a good chance you might like it so it’s definitely worth a try!

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