Pike, “Matjes style”

Fischerei Stechlinsee

The pike is known to be a fish that feels at home in the lakes of Mecklenburg. It feels all the more at home in Lake Stechlin, which with its 70 meters depth (the deepest lake in Brandenburg) and its pure water offers a habitat that is otherwise only found in lakes in the Alps and their foothills. Pike isn’t immensely famous/popular as a food fish, although there isn’t any particular reason for that in terms of taste. In any case, it really gets to shine prepared Matjes-style by Martin Böttcher and co: first it is matured in brine, then pickled in oil with spices, allspice, pepper and onions. Due to the maturing process in the brine, the pike gains an amazing consistency as you probably have never seen with this fish. An absolute gem and a true delicacy!

 

7,50 

Idea

Perfect with a slice of good bread or peeled potatoes, cream cheese from Erdhof Seewalde or sour cream.

Alternatively, make a “Häckerle-Salat”: chop up the fish, some boiled eggs, onion, and pickled gherkins and add dill and apple to taste, among with a little bit of the pike’s own oil.

Fischerei Stechlinsee
Martin Böttcher and his father Rainer are the 4th generation to run this family business at the Großer Stechlinsee. Their small lakeside business combines time-honored craftsmanship with new processing methods, yielding products that are delightful and untouched by the mass market. Grandfather Adolf Böttcher recently retired from the business after 50 years on the job. Compared to how hard and depriving the work used to be, he feels that today's fishing is almost like a vacation. A verdict we’re absolutely willing to concede to Mr. Böttcher, who after the war still knotted nets by hand from cotton and went fishing on the lake without a motorboat. In addition to managing a large part of the lakes in the Stechlin nature reserve (800 hectares of water), the company prepares and markets the catch. The snack bar at the Stechlinsee has been an insider's tip in the region for many years. The Stechlinsee is a unique lake that feeds the Böttcher family and its residents and, with its clear and pure water, almost has the character of an alpine lake.