Iceland is known for having some of the freshest, most delicious ingredients and foods in the world. While travel restrictions prevent us from visiting the Nordic nation itself, that doesn’t mean we can’t experience a taste of Icelandic cuisine right from home! We’ve rounded up some of the most delicious recipes, snacks and beverages to try from the comfort of your kitchen to keep you full until your next visit.
For meat lovers, Iceland Lamb has a variety of delicious recipes to explore. If you’re looking for a tasty way to spice up your lunches, try Icelandic Lamb’s delicious Lamb Roast Sandwich with Green Pea-Dill Pesto Recipe:
200 gr lamb steak
Salt and pepper
Sourdough loaf or other bread
Mixed salad leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
2 sprigs fresh thyme
3 cloves garlic
Brush the steaks with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roughly chop and fry on a pan at medium heat for approx 2 minutes each side, adding the thyme and garlic to the pan and bashing the steaks with the oil. Transfer onto a plate and cover for 5 minutes before serving. Slice the bread and toast lightly, add the green pea pesto, salad, sliced lamb and pickled cucumbers and red onions.
Green pea and dill “pesto”
200 g frozen shelled peas, defrosted
1 cloves garlic, crushed
6 tbsp fresh dill
80 ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until quite smooth. Add some more stock if the mixture seems too thick. Season and set aside until ready to use.
Quick pickled cucumbers and red onions
90 ml white wine vinegar
30 g sugar
60 ml water
½ cucumber deseeded and sliced
½ red onion, sliced thinly
Mix vinegar, sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Pour over the vegetables in separate bowls and leave to pickle for at least 20 minutes.
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Iceland is home to some of the freshest seafood in the world. Craving something savory? Try this delicious Wild Icelandic Salted Cod with Prosciutto and Roasted Baby Potatoes:
1½ lb wild, Icelandic salted cod, watered
8 slices prosciutto (Parma ham)
½ lb baby potatoes
Chunky tomato sauce
1 onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
2 (14 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp thyme
10 leaves fresh basil
Black pepper to taste
Boil potatoes. When boiled, set aside, let cool and quarter.
Preheat oven to 200°F.Working with four pieces (6 oz each) of cod, wrap each in the ham (two slices per portion, end to end). Fry fillets and potatoes in oil on a non-stick pan until brown on both sides. Season with black pepper.
Transfer fillets and potatoes to a roasting dish and put in the oven for about 25-35 minutes, or until cooked.
Finely chop the onion and garlic. Let sweat in a pot. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, tomato purée,oregano, thyme and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Let simmer on a medium heat until thick. Serve either chunky or mix with a hand blender until smooth. For elevated flavor, try adding a splash of white wine while boiling.
Serve fillets with roasted baby potatoes and chunky tomato sauce.
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Icelandic Provisions’ Skyr
No meal is complete without a tasty dessert! Next time you’re in the mood for something sweet, try these Krímí Chocolate Coconut Skyrsicle from Icelandic Provisions – North America’s favorite skyr!
1 Chocolate Coconut Krímí Skyr Container (4.4oz)
2 1/2 tbsp Sugar (Powdered or Granulated)
1 ounces Dark Chocolate
Coconut Oil – Several Drops
Whisk together krímí and sugar. Divide into two popsicle molds and freeze for a minimum of 3 hours.n
Melt the chocolate over water bath or in the microwave along with the coconut oil. Sprinkle over already frozen popsicles, sprinkle with shredded coconut right away while chocolate is still soft. Wait a few minutes while the chocolate hardens or pop the popsicles back into the freezer until ready to serve.
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Pair your meal with a tasty cocktail from Reyka Vodka (for those over the drinking age, that is)! Try the Arctic Screwdriver for a sweet, refreshing beverage!
1 ½ part Reyka Vodka
¾ part Amontillado sherry
2 parts fresh clementine juice
½ part lemon juice
½ part orgeat
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 parts Ginger ale (only for hot serve)
Hot: Add all to a pan and heat gently until warmed through. Serve in a mug and garnish with rosemary
Cold (pictured) : Shake hard and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a star anise.
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If vodka isn’t your drink of choice, try Olgerdin’s Brennivin, a unique and authentic Icelandic aquavit. This “Odinn” cocktail will give you a real taste of Iceland!
Crowberry liqueur (Available from Duke’s Liquor Box) 1 oz
Lime juice 1 oz
Simple syrup 1 oz
Shake and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with Arctic Thyme springs, or regular Thyme if unavailable.
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Iceland Glacial Water
Prefer something non-alcoholic? Sip on Icelandic Glacial Water’s delicious sparkling and still waters!
Icelandic Glacial Sparkling is available in five exciting, natural flavors – Sicilian Lemon, Tahitian Lime, Bulgarian Elderflower, Tarocco Blood Orange and Indonesian Lemongrass. Each flavor is free of sugar and artificial sweeteners and contains no calories!
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We hope you try some of these recipes to experience a taste of Iceland while hunkering down at home. Be sure to share your meals with us on social media using #TasteofIceland and let us know what you think in the comments below!