Skrei: Norwegian Cod

Skrei

Skrei is often called the “Norwegian Miracle.” Available for only a limited time each year, see how Skrei’s epic swim through Arctic waters transforms cod into a true seasonal delicacy. 

Origin: Hailing from the world’s largest cod stock, Skrei are larger than coastal cod and have a firm consistency with very white, flaky meat. Boasting a clean flavor, it is considered a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world.

Availability: January–April. Climatic conditions may cause variations, but generally available in the winter months. Bad winter weather can prevent fishermen from getting out to the fishing grounds, further affecting availability, so check with your fishmonger.

Marine Stewardship Council certified

The Fish:

Known as “the Norwegian Miracle,” the name “Skrei” comes from old Norse word for “the wanderer.” Thought to be one of Norway’s first exports, its annual arrival enabled people to inhabit far north areas of Norway when other food wasn’t available.

Today, Skrei comes from one of the world’s largest and most sustainably managed cod stocks. Only 10% of over 400 million migrating cod are caught and branded Skrei.

In Norway, it’s also known as the “Valentine’s Fish” as a Skrei has prepared its whole life to make the journey to meet its mate at the spawning grounds where it’s caught.

Wild-Caught:

  • Skrei is caught as it migrates from the Barents Sea to the traditional spawning grounds along the Norwegian coast 
  • To be certified Skrei, Norwegian cod must be caught, packed and processed in accordance with Skrei’s strict quality standard:
  • Fully grown (approximately 5 years)
  • Caught in the traditional spawning grounds
  • In immaculate condition—no nicks, bruises or damage
  • Packed within 12 hours of being caught
  • Stored between 32° and 39.2°F

Taste and Texture:

  • White, light and lean meat
  • Meat features large, smooth flakes and firm texture
  • Delicate, fresh flavor
  • Clean taste that comes from swimming

Handling & Storage:

  • Store between 32° and 39.2°F
  • Keep Skrei in its box until you’re ready to prepare it
  • Keep Skrei boxes upright at all times
  • When storing fillets, do not allow the Skrei’s skin or meat to come in contact with ice
  • Keep Skrei fillets dry at all times
  • NOTE: Water will change Skrei’s skin color

Yield:

  • A whole fish split into two fillets will yield 74%

Nutritional Information:

Skrei is one of the leanest types of fish because it stores surplus fat in the liver and not in the muscles. Although it is a lean fish, the small amount of fat contained in Skrei is rich in:

  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidants

How to Prepare:

Skrei can be prepared in the same way as other types of fish such as:

  • Poached
  • Baked
  • Fried
  • Marinated
  • Roasted
  • Salted