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Creamed cod: an easy and tasty appetizer

Creamed cod

Sunday lunch and you don’t know what to prepare for an appetizer? Try the recipe for creamed cod, you will not regret it!

The creamed cod or stockfish, if you prefer, is a traditional Venetian recipe. It is generally served as an appetizer and spread on croutons that will make all the components of the table quarrel, busy grabbing the last spoonful of this soft and velvety cream.

To make the recipe for creamed cod even easier, you can buy the fish already soaked . If you are wondering how to prepare it, here are the steps.

Creamed cod
Creamed cod

How to make creamed cod

  1. To make the creamed cod according to the original recipe, the first thing to do is to soak the cod . You will need to soak the cod for 3 days in a bowl of water and change it every day. If you want to avoid this procedure, you can buy the cod already soaked.
  2. At this point, you have to cut the cod into slices that are not too small . Fill a saucepan with cold water, add half a lemon and a few bay leaves.
  3. Bring the pot to the heat and as soon as it reaches boiling boil the cod for about 30 minutes , making sure to remove the excess foam with a skimmer during cooking. Cooking times may vary according to the size of the slices, so always check that it is well cooked.
  4. Once ready, keep the cooking water and transfer the stockfish to a bowl.
  5. Eliminate any bones , if any, and with the help of a pair of electric whips, start blending adding the oil slowly.
  6. Add about 100 ml of cooking water. The final consistency must be that of a spreadable cream .
  7. Your Venetian cod is ready to be served spread on croutons or polenta or in the way you prefer.

History of creamed cod: the origins of the dish

The history of Venetian cod dates back to 1432 , in the Lofoten archipelago beyond the Arctic Circle, where Piero Querini is sailing with his sailors. A storm, however, suddenly breaks loose, the sea swells to such an extent that the captain cannot help but shout at his sailors to go to the lifeboat.

As a good captain, he is the last to leave the boat and finds refuge on the island of Rost, where he sees his ship sink with all the cargo. On this island he knows a new fish that the inhabitants prepare both fresh and salty. It is precisely the stockfish that will arrive in Italian cuisine only a century later, thanks to the chef Bartolomeo Scappi.


The creamed stockfish is great to taste at the moment, but you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days at the most.

Did you like this recipe? Also try the very similar brandacujun !

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