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Norwegian skrei with bacon and peas a la Unstad

At Unstad surf camp in Lofoten, the annual arrival of the skrei is very special. "There is no better fish in the world than skrei. The quality is second to none". Try this popular recipe with Norwegian skrei from Unstad! 

Cooking time50-60 min
Difficulty levelMedium



Mashed potatoes

  • Boil the potatoes until tender
  • Peel them and mix them with butter, cream, salt and lemon. 
  • Mash the mixture lightly and leave on low heat while you prepare the fish

Mashed peas

  • Melt butter in a saucepan and add the peas
  • Blend the mixture with a hand blender to a coarse puree. 
  • Season to taste with sugar, salt and pepper


  • Pat the fish dry with kitchen paper and sprinkle over a pinch of salt 
  • Place the skrei skin side down in a flat pan on medium high heat 
  • The skrei is ready with it starts flaking and has acquired a slightly bouncy consistency
  • Alternatively you can bake the skrei in the oven: Pre heat the oven to 100-120°C. Place the skrei in a oven-proof dish and pour over some good olive oil. Bake for about 10 minutes. 


  • Cut into cubes and fry in butter 


  • At Unstad, the skrei is served on a warm plate over the mashed potatoes and peas, skin side down in company of crispy bacon cubes.