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Vegan Fiskesuppe (Norwegian fish & vegetable chowder)

Next week, friends, Mr J-M and I will board a plane to Oslo and we’ll both visit Norway for the first time. When I’m getting in the mood for a holiday I’ll often try to recreate some of the country’s traditional dishes; this wasn’t too tough for Spain, say, but Norway’s cuisine seems to be (unsurprisingly given its geography) rather fish-centric. Since Mr J-M is quite fond of a chowder, I decided to attempt a veganized fiskesuppe – a creamy, smoky, milky soup usually made with root vegetables and big chunks of fish. It’s generally not seasoned with much other than salt and pepper, and maybe a little dill.

So I thought and thought, and my beloved PPK group came up with some great ideas for replacing the seafood, but Manchester city centre was entirely devoid of hearts of palm and so I decided to grab some organic smoked tofu and lots of oyster and chunky chestnut mushrooms and take it from there.

Having never sampled a fishy chowder in my pregan days, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Mr J-M gobbled the lot and assured me that it’s a very acceptable substitute and hits the right notes of smoky, fishy, and chowdery. The smoked tofu is kind of a must, as it takes the place of chunks of smoked fish. The veg can be substituted for other root veg as you see fit (carrots, parsnips, celeriac, etc.) but I’d recommend leaving the oyster mushrooms in for a bit more….gill-iness? The dulse isn’t compulsory either but it lends a fishy taste, if that’s your thing. Let’s go!

Ingredients

  • 1 large knob vegan butter (I used Vitalite)
  • 1 x block smoked tofu (drained and pressed)
  • 4 x garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 x leek, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup oyster mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups stock
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened soy)
  • 1/2 tub Oatly oat fraiche OR 1 small carton non-dairy cream
  • Salt, pepper, & dulse (or crumbled nori) to taste
  • Juice of one small lemon

Begin by heating the butter in your pan, along with the minced garlic and your tofu, chopped roughly into big chunks. You don’t want to fry off the tofu to a crisp – you want it to be soft and squishy like fish.

Add the leek and celery and let sweat over a low heat until softened. Add a splash of olive oil or stock if needed.

Add the mushrooms (and/or other vegetables) and the stock and milk. Add salt, pepper, and dulse.

Cover the pan and let simmer over a low heat for around 30 minutes.

Before serving, mix in the oat fraiche/cream and the lemon juice.

Serve with crusty bread, and a little wee dollop of the leftover oat fraiche on top (or a drizzle of the cream).


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  • Reply Joey

    I am not only very jealous of your trip to Norway, I am very jealous of your bowl of soup as I sit here in my freezing flat. Do you deliver?! In other news, I have never been able to find Oatly creme fraiche anywhere. I must live in an Oatly desert or something.

    November 6, 2018 at 20:49
  • Reply Susan

    Smoked tofu and mushrooms sound better than hearts of palm to me!
    Have a great time on your trip.

    November 8, 2018 at 01:54
  • Reply Jenny Marie - Smoked tofu fritters - Jenny Marie

    […] the Scandi recipes I looked up before we went away. I was so impressed with the smoked tofu in the fiskesuppe I made that this weekend I decided to try my hand at another fishy dish. When I found a non-vegan […]

    November 18, 2018 at 16:29
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