MinneHistory: Love, hate and Lutefisk

Chris Dorff holds a dried cod in front of a 1,000-pound processing tub. photo, Jess MadorAsk nearly any Minnesotan about lutefisk and you’re likely to get a funny answer, especially from Minnesotans with Scandinavian roots. In this episode of “MinneHistory” we explore a controversial subject: Lutefisk.

The fragrant and gelatinous Scandinavian-American codfish delicacy has long been associated with Minnesota. People love to celebrate – and poke fun at – this traditional immigrant food.

What is Lutefisk, and how is it made? And why is it so smelly? Reporter Jess Mador finds out with a visit to Olsen Fish Company, the largest lutefisk producer in North America.