Go Fish

The signature dish from the Swedish region of Västmanland is Lake Mälaren Walleye with horseradish. Walleye being the main ingredient has its natural explanation; it happens to be extremely important for commercial fishing and is regarded as Lake Mälaren's character fish. The walleye can weigh over 14 kilograms and with its firm, lean meat, it is highly popular to serve.

 

A boy holding a walleye

 

If you want to experience the thrill of catching your own walleye, try going on a guided fishing trip. If you want to try this delicious fish without going out on the lake, you can buy it at fish shops in Västmanland. Engsö Fisk sells fresh fish from their MSC certified commercial walleye fishing in Lake Mälaren. MSC is an environmental standard for well-managed and sustainable fishing, and the world's leading standard for wild commercial fishery.


You can also visit Borgåsundsfiskarn to buy your walleye. Borgåsundsfiskarn is beautifully situated at Borgåsund near Strömsholm.  During summer, you can enjoy simple dishes such as fish soup, salmon, and pan-seared pickled herring right on their dock.

 

A close up photo of a walleye


Recipe

Pan-seared walleye with bacon and parmesan crème - 4 people
2 shallots
2 dl white wine
2 dl crème fraiche
1 dl grated parmesan cheese
140 g bacon (1 pack)
750 g walleye fillet
Salt and black pepper
Butter to pan sear
1 bunch of fresh parsley
1 lemon

 

Finely chop the shallots, put in a pot, and add wine. Boil down until only a couple of tablespoons remain. Add crème fraiche and grated parmesan. Heat up to melt the cheese and add salt and black pepper to taste. Remove the pot from the heat but keep warm. Shred the bacon, fry and let drip onto paper towels. Pan sear the walleye in butter for about 2 minutes on each side, add salt and pepper. Serve with parmesan crème, bacon, chopped parsley, lemon wedges, and freshly boiled potatoes.

 

Recipe from Borgåsundsfiskaren