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  • Cod

    It is the animals’ presence in Greenland that made it possible for people to settle along the coast and cod has long been one of the most important fish for human consumption in Greenland.

    In contrast to the ocean temperature in warmer climates, the cold water that surrounds Greenland makes the Greenlandic cod grow slowly, which gives it a unique freshness, taste and texture. The very white, flaky meat has a mild flavour, which appeals to most. Furthermore cod is also a very versatile fish that it can be prepared in numerous ways; fresh fillets, smoked, salted, and dried. In addition pretty much all of the fish can be utilized; cod roe (boiled or smooked), cod cheeks, cod tounges and cod liver – which is a good source of vitamins A and D.

    Historically the cod is a periodic guest. It comes and goes - depending on the temperature of the water. During particularly warm periods in the 1920s and 1970s for example, the Greenlandic waters were very rich in cod - with catches of up to 500.000 tons! Thus making cod the commercially most important species in Greenland at the time!

    Catching Cod
    Greenlandic cod is common along the entire coast from Uummannaq on the west coast to Tasiilaq on the east coast and is primarily caught by small boats and dinghies, which in the summer fish with nets and in the winter with long lines. These methods secure that high quality fish are delivered fresh at the factory ashore without bycatch of non-target species and without undersize fish getting caught. Furthermore both methods are fuel efficient due to the small boats used.

    Royal Greenland
    Royal Greenland is Greenland’s biggest business and a leading company in the international seafood market. Royal Greenland is 100% owned by Greenland’s Home Rule and has nearly 2000 employees including about 800 in Greenland. Moreover Royal Greenland is renowned for its high quality seafood – amongst other, cod. The cod of royal Greenland is exported to fish markets all over the world and ultimately ends up on plates in Europe, Asia and America.

    Locally cod is bought and sold on the local fish and meat market, ”the board”, and in supermarkets all over the country - although many Greenlanders will simply catch the fish themselves.

    Going Fishing
    For tourists wanting to try and catch cod themselves an organized fishing trip is an excellent offer! The trips take place from boats that are either allowed to drift or lie at anchor. Experience show that there are good chances of catching cod between islands, at places with currents and at the mouths of fjords. Glaciers and outflows from the ice cap are also good places for catching cod, due to the erosion of nutrients from the ice cap, which creates a good food source for the fish.

  • Fried Cod w. Celeriac Salad

    ½ Celeriac
    1 radish
    20g lemon skin
    Pinch toasted Pumpkin seeds
    Pinch toasted Pine Kernals
    Pinch toasted Sunflower Seeds
    Drizzle olive oil
    ¼ lemon

    2 New potatoes
    Pinch thyme
    Small splash olive oil
    20g butter

    Salad Method
    Slice thinly the celeriac, radish and lemon skin and place in a bowl. Add 2 pinches of mixed seeds, drizzle a splash of olive oil and squeeze of quarter of a lemon.

    Fish Method
    Cut the fish in to 2 equal pieces, sprinkle rock salt to season on top and drizzle some olive oil. Turn the fish over and coat evenly in the excess oil. Put a knob (20g) butter in to a very hot pan and place the cod in flesh down for around ½ minutes until golden brown, turn over and cook for a further 1 minute until the skin is crispy.

    Spoon some potatoes onto the middle of a plate. Place the celeriac mixture on top. Place the fish on top of each other over the tower.