Icelandic home cook Kjartan Ólafsson serves this baked cod dish drizzled with a luscious sauce of butter and chopped hard-boiled eggs at Þorláksmessa, Saint Thorlak's mass on December 23. Traditionally the day is set aside for skata luncheons, large, festive gatherings of family and friends at which fermented skate is served and washed down with brennivín, the regional caraway-flavored liquor. This recipe first appeared in our December 2014 issue with the story Northern Lights.
- 4 (8-oz.) skinless cod fillets, pinbones removed
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 16 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, and roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp. minced parsley
- Lemon wedges, for serving