Lutefisk (which is pronounced 'LUDE-a-fisk') is codfish that has been dried or cured, and then reconstituted with lye-and-water baths. In fact, roughly translated, lutefisk means 'lye fish.'
A Maritime Delicacy Steeped in History – In the Sagas of the Norwegian Kings, from the 12th century, Snorre wrote about King Oystein building fishing shanties in Lofoten. Then as now, Lofoten was the most important spawning ground for the cod, and for centuries Norwegian fisherman have hauled in huge catches of mature cod in January to April spawning period. The age-old adventure continues, creating the foundation for human existence and sustenance along with entire Norwegian coast.
The Vikings – Stockfish is probably one of Norway’s oldest trading commodities. It has been used for trading with foreign countries for centuries, along with skins and furs. In Viking times, stockfish was both a main part of the diet, and a trading commodity on long voyages.
Perfect Timing – It is precisely the time of year when climatic conditions in Northern Norway are perfect for drying fish…that the cod comes in to the coast, either to spawn or feed. The cod that is used for stockfish production is caught in the course of a few hectic winter months. The fresh catch is cleaned immediately and hung to dry on drying racks.
The pure air and the cold winter climate from January to April are the ideal components in this unique processing – without doubt the least energy consuming in the world.
Codfish. This product thas been carefully processed from North Pacific Codfish. Great care has been taken to bring you this product as free from waste and bone as possible. More than fifty years of experience has produced this famous Poulsbo product.
Old Fashioned Lutefisk: Combine 3 quarts of water with 1 ½ Tbsp of salt. Bring to a boil, then add fish. Cook 8-11 minutes or until fish flakes. Remove fish from water and serve immediately.
Traditional Lutefisk: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place fish in a casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes or so until fish flakes. Remove fish from pan and serve immediately.
Microwaved Lutefisk: Place fish in a microwave safe dish and cover. Cook on medium/high setting 8-10 minutes. Watch closely since microwave powers vary. Remove fish from dish and serve immediately.
Norwegian Lutefisk Taco: Put a piece of lefse on a dinner place. Top with a thin layer of mashed potatoes. Flake Lutefisk on top of potatoes. Pour melted butter over the top. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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