Déagol’s Baked Fish
Recipe by Astrid Winegar

Since we are discovering the Splendor of the Lands that inspired Middle-earth, I thought a recipe influenced by Scandinavian cooking would be appropriate. You might want to accompany your fish with green vegetables, such as cabbage or green beans; some pickled beets on the side would also be lovely.

This particular recipe showed up in my original cookbook as part of a “Pre-Ring Idyll,” whereby Sméagol and his cousin Déagol used to go fishing together often. Perhaps they brought home their catch of the day and their collective grandmother would make them some creamy comfort food.

Of course, Déagol was oblivious to his future fate, poor guy…

Déagol’s Baked Fish

I have used frozen cod, tilapia, and even salmon for this recipe and they all are fine. If you use frozen fillets, thaw according to package directions.

  • 4 boneless, skinless fish fillets (your choice, between 1½ and 2 pounds total)
  • ¼ teaspoon and ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper, divided

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Astrid Tuttle Winegar

Author, Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls

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