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Washington DC's Legal Sea Foods Features Norwegian Skrei Cod to Create an 'Oh My Cod' Dining Experience

Sample the world’s finest cod and dine like a Viking

For seafood lovers in search of the ultimate dining experience, listen up. 2016 was a banner year at Legal Sea Foods restaurants all over the country. This year, they introduced a special menu program featuring Skrei cod fish, also known as “The Norwegian Miracle,” and it was a huge success.

Considered the finest cod in the world, Skrei is an exceptional migratory fish. Skrei, which is pronounced skray, means wanderer in the ancient Norse language. Fishing season for this special cod only runs from January to April each year; moreover, these fish have been caught in the icy Arctic waters off the coast of Norway since time immemorial. Caught wild, hand selected for blemish-free skin and flesh, and flown within hours to distant shores, the quality of this bright white, flaky meat is second to none.

The firm flesh and delicate flavors make Skrei versatile enough that it can be prepared sautéed, roasted, grilled, or lightly pan fried (which is considered the best cooking method by Norwegians and master chefs.) Moreover, it marries well with a variety of sauces, vegetables, herbs, and side dishes from cuisines around the world.

For their special Skrei promotion this year, Legal Sea Foods’ corporate chefs created a special recipe designed to highlight the cod’s best qualities. For a meal that had us exclaiming “Oh My Cod!,” we began with the restaurant’s addictive baked Maryland crab dip made with Maryland lump crab meat, cheddar cheese, Old Bay seasoning, and Japanese shrimp chips for dipping.

By that point we were primed for the Skrei, which arrived lightly sautéed with green olives, Brussels sprouts, and bacon, and garnished with a Meyer lemon and artichoke relish. It also came with a side of fingerling potatoes. We hope they bring this special fish back again next year, and can’t wait to see what the new recipe holds in store.

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