I was raised with having Lute Fish every Christmas. My Grandmother is Swedish so thatis how I was introduced to the fish. As a young child my Grandpa would trick us into eating the fish by mashing it into our mashed potatoes! Then I decided I would just eat it on my own. I like it with white sause and with boild Swedish potatoes covered in real butter. Most Christmass I get two or three feeds of Lute Fish, ist great!
This is a very traditional recipe. My grandfather came from sweden and we had it often. He is gone now but we still keep the tradition alive at holiday time. The trick is not to cook the fish too long or it will be soft and it's the texture that " makes it or breaks it." a funny story tells about a woman who had skunks under her house and she was told to put lutefisk in the basement and they would leave. It worked but then she couldn't get rid of the norwegians! The lye was obviously a preservative; these days you can buy it frozen. If dried lute fisk is used, do not use sterling silverware or the lye will darken it.
But EWWWWWWWWWWw! I thought that my grandmother was the ONLY person on Earth that got offended by people making fun of this stuff. She loves it. I abstain on the basis that body is a temple and eating anything prepaired in lye would defile it. That includes grits too.
My father had told me about using lye to soak dried Lute Fish and it is a Swedish Lute Fish recipe. My ancestors came from Sweden. I thought he was crazy when he told me. I was just kid when I had it. I don't remember if I liked it or not. Boy, does this bring back memories!
Also very good baked in an 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, then served with bacon fat and chunks of bacon. Sounds horrible, but I've grown to love it!
I'm a Swede and grew up eating this during the holidays. After years of being chased arround and made to eat it, I did end up liking it. Really brings back memories reading the preparation. It used to give me the creeps soaking on the back porch.LOL