Torsk (Scandinavian Cod)


Torsk is a Scandinavian dish of poached and broiled cod with butter. This recipe uses frozen fish; defrosting is not necessary. Be sure to use butter, as there is too much water in margarine.

close up view of a fillet of Torsk (Scandinavian Cod) on a red plate
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 6 cups water, or more as needed

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 6 (6 ounce) fillets cod

  • 1 ½ cups butter, melted

  • 1 dash paprika


  1. Preheat the broiler. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

  2. Mix together water, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Add fillets to water mixture; add more water to fully submerge fillets if needed. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Remove fillets from water and blot dry on paper towels. Brush with 6 tablespoons melted butter; sprinkle with paprika.

  4. Broil in the preheated broiler until fillets are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Serve with remaining melted butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

670 Calories
47g Fat
33g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 670
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 29g 147%
Cholesterol 183mg 61%
Sodium 2764mg 120%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 579mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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