Shetland’s larder is brimming with fresh produce and, as an island archipelago, is particularly well known for its fresh fish and seafood. If you’re planning a visit to Shetland then be sure to try some of our famous local produce; you won’t be disappointed.
While delicacies like lobster, crab, mussels and scallops are usually only found on the most exclusive restaurant menus, in Shetland they’re a common sight, thanks to our beautiful island location. For a taste of traditional seafood, head to Fjara, The Dowry or The String in Lerwick, Scalloway Hotel and Da Haaf in Scalloway, or Frankie’s Fish & Chips in Brae (which offers a more casual setting but do a mean bowl of Shetland mussels!).
Another of Shetland’s most famous culinary delights is reestit mutton. ‘Reestit’ means salted and the mutton is made by soaking the lamb in brine and then hanging it to dry. Once cured, it’s commonly used in tattie soup, which you’ll find on menus across Shetland. The Peerie Shop Café in Lerwick regularly has it as a lunchtime special, alongside Cullen skink (smoked haddock and potato soup), another local favourite.
Sassermaet is another common foodstuff you’ll find in Shetland, particularly in cafes. It’s a type of spiced sausage meat and you generally find it served as part of a cooked breakfast or in a bread roll with cooked onions.
While delicacies like lobster, crab, mussels and scallops are usually only found on the most exclusive restaurant menus, in Shetland they’re a common sight, thanks to our beautiful island location.