A very traditional Norwegian recipe, this meal is usually prepared for Christmas Eve. Dried cod is soaked for two and a half weeks to rehydrate, and then it is boiled in salt water for about 20 minutes and served with drawn butter.
-By Carrie (Strommen) Lennie
2 ½ lb lutefisk (dried cod imported from Norway)
1 cup Slaked lime
4 cups Oak or Maple ashes
- Saw fish into 3 parts, clean thoroughly and place in a wooden bowl or pail. Add water to cover and set in a cool place for 5 to 6 days. Change water each day.
- Remove fish and thoroughly clean wooden bowl. Make a solution of water, lime and ashes and allow to stand overnight.
- Drain off clear liquid and pour over soaked fish, set in a cool place for 7 days.
- When fish is soft, remove from solution, scrub bowl well and soak fish for several days in cold clear water.
- Cook in boiling salted water at simmering temperature for about 20 minutes. Drain well and serve.
- The Norwegians serve the fish with melted butter. Allow 1/3 pound per person.