If you're not Scandinavian, lutefisk is essentially cod that gets soaked in lye. After the cod is landed, it's dried to the point of becoming hard and leathery. It's soaked in lye to tenderize the fish and bring it back to its former state. The lutefisk is skinned and boned when it's fresh and tender.
The fish is boiled until it reaches a gelatinous consistency, then boiled. Another way to prepare lutefisk is to season it and bake it in the oven.
Some claim that lutefisk tastes mildly fishy with a soapy aftertaste. lutefisk doesn't smell so good, according to many. Some people coat the fish in beer batter and deep fry it to make it more popular. Many die-hard Scandinavians still eat lutefisk despite its taste and smell. After all, it's a Christmas tradition.
lutefisk is consumed in the United States by Scandinavian Americans, as well as those in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. Madison, Minnesota, is one place in particular that eats a lot of lutefisk. In fact, this town has been described as "the world's "lutefisk capital." Lutherans are particularly fond of the dish. Annual lutefisk dinners are held by Sons of Norway's Sons of Norway groups. In several areas of Canada, Lutefisk is also consumed.
How to celebrate #lutefiskday
Many people around Scandinavia are starting to prepare their lutefisk so that it's ready for dinner on Christmas Eve. And if you are not Scandinavian, you can still participate in this day by: Even if you are not Scandinavian, you can still participate in this day by:
- More information about the past and folklore surrounding lutefisk's ancestor
- Trying to find lutefisk recipes online and learning how to make it
- Learn about the Scandinavian countries
- A lutefisk dinner is being held at a lutefisk dinner
With #LutefiskDay, you can help spread word about this food day on social media.
Lutefisk day history
It took many days to prepare for Christmas during the days of Sweden's old peasant society. Fish was one of the most popular Christmas dishes. Fresh fish was impossible to catch due to the icy waters. Swedes had to make do with dried fish. They would first bathe it in a way to soften it to make it edible. This soaking process usually began on December 9th so that the fish would be the same on Christmas Eve that would be the same as on Christmas Eve. For this reason, December 9th is celebrated as Lutefisk Day. Anna's Day is also known as Anna's Day in Sweden since Anna is a common name in Sweden.