From the cutter to the counter
At Vesthavnen daily fresh fish from the North Sea is sold, that can be wolffish, salmon, lobster, shrimps, cod and whatever else is landed by the 12 commercial fishers in Thorsminde. Here you can also buy shelled prawns, a whole smoked mackerel, pan-fried plaice and fish cakes to take with you or have them served on the shop's terrace on the opposite side of the quay, where the fishing vessels sail in with the fish. In the ovens, both herring, mackerel, salmon and hake get hot or cold smoked over beechwood pellets. Or if you have an own fish you want to have smoked, you will receive them here at the harbour as well. And on the other side of the lock you can also get fish for lunch or dinner with a view of the sea, the dunes and the harbour.
A few hours sailing from Thorsminde, cutters set sail with cod heads to lure crabs in from the seabed. In many other countries around the North Sea, crabs are an exotic dish but in Denmark they have been an annoying by-catch for the fishers for many years as the only edible allure has been the claws, which is why they threw them out again. But in Thorsminde, the fishers advocated for sustainable fishing of the reddish-brown shellfish and tried to have a different look at the crabs, which can be a just as tasty and delicious dish like lobsters. And that applies not only to the claws but the whole crab, which is sold at the fish auction and bought by more and more restaurants along the coast.