Icelandic Dishes

7 Icelandic Dishes You Have To Try

Icelandic dishes never disappoint when it comes to fresh flavours and quality ingredients. The island’s isolation under the Arctic Circle means that Icelandic cuisine focuses on fresh seafood from the North Atlantic ocean and lamb from sheep that roam the rugged countryside.

The food here is simple, highlighting the amazing produce that the country is known for, with tender stews, homebaked breads and fermented foods all popular. It’s comfort food on a whole new level.

We’re sharing some of the best classic Icelandic dishes. These recipes aren’t just any recipes either, as they have been created by the world’s top food bloggers. The best of the best. Make sure check out the other great dishes on their sites too.

The Best Icelandic Dishes

1. Vínarterta (Icelandic Vienna Cake)

This cake reached the height of its popularity in the late 19th to early 20th century. Back in the day, the thin layers of this cake could be easily baked in the more primitive ovens of the time or even on the stove top. And when some Icelanders emigrated to parts of Canada and the Northern United States.

Recipe created by Lea.

2. Rúgbrauð (Icelandic Rye Bread)

Often served topped with smoked salmon or lamb, rúgbrauð is a classic Icelandic bread commonly found in cafes and homes throughout the country. This is the perfect bread for non-bakers – no yeast, no kneading, just mix it all together!

Recipe is by Mountain Cravings.

3. Rice Pudding With Berry Sauce

This easy pudding uses the natural starch in the rice to thicken – no eggs needed!  It can be eaten warm or cool, based on your preference.

Recipe created by Saltwater Daughters.

4. Humarsupa

A creamy soup made with langoustine (langoustine is a type of prawn similar to lobster, known as the “Norway Lobster”) and potatoes and a touch of curry powder. It’s a bit like lobster bisque, though langoustines are lighter in flavor.

Recipe created by Caitlin.

Icelandic Dishes

5. Bacalo Potatoes

The base of this recipe is creamy mashed potatoes mixed with bacalo, or salt cod, a combination sometimes called brandade.

Recipe created by Katie.

Icelandic Dishes

6. Lingonberry Skyr Mousse

A light and airy lingonberry mousse made with Icelandic yogurt (skyr) and whipped cream.  A delicious and impressive make-ahead dessert for easy entertaining this holiday season!

Recipe created by Kristi.

Icelandic Dishes

7. Icelandic Lamb Soup

Icelandic lamb soup is a very old and traditional dish, showcasing the best of cold weather cooking with simple ingredients.

Recipe created by Smita.

Icelandic Dishes

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