Norwegian Lutefisk

04 Oct

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


  1. 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.
  2. Remove fish and thoroughly clean wooden bowl. Make a solution of water, lime and ashes and allow to stand overnight.
  3. Drain off clear liquid and pour over soaked fish, set in a cool place for 7 days.
  4. When fish is soft, remove from solution, scrub bowl well and soak fish for several days in cold clear water.
  5. Cook in boiling salted water at simmering temperature for about 20 minutes. Drain well and serve.
  6. The Norwegians serve the fish with melted butter. Allow 1/3 pound per person.
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Main Dishes


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