Sweden: Recipes and Cuisine

Country | Sweden | Stockholm Gamla Stan

Swede's enjoy a simple, elegant cuisine based on meats, fish and seafood, potatoes, cabbage, root vegetables and a variety of fresh berries. Hearty and warming meatballs and dumplings are popular, often served with cream-based sauces. Tart lingonberry jam is a beloved condiment and cuts through any heaviness. Pea soup is traditional on Thursdays. The Swedish smörgåsbord, a buffet feast, is world-famous.

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Swedish Recipes


Soups | Ärtsoppa

(Swedish yellow pea soup)

Ärtsoppa (AIRT-soh-puh) is a thick yellow pea soup traditionally served on Thursday evenings in Sweden, along with ham or sausages and pancakes with jam. A similar soup made with green split peas and called hernekeitto is eaten in Finland. Read more »


Ingredients | Blackberries Image

(Swedish berry cream dessert)

Enjoy this spring and summer dessert, so refreshing in its simplicity. Bärkräm is a creamy berry pudding from Sweden that can be made with blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, or any berries in season. Read more »


(Swedish warm spiced wine; see Mulled Wine recipe)


Fish | Gravlax

(Swedish cured salmon)

Gravlax--also spelled gravlaks, gravadlax, or gravadlaks — is a classic Swedish way to preserve salmon. It is often served as part of the first course of a smörgåsbord. Gravlax is delicious on a slice of rye bread with a bit of hovmästarsås or a squeeze of lemon. Read more »


Vegetables | Hasselbackspotatis

(Swedish Hasselback butter-baked potatoes)

Hasselback potatoes are a stellar side dish when you want to wow special guests. Deep parallel cuts let the butter's rich flavor penetrate to the heart of the potatoes as they bake and ensure a golden-brown crust. Read more »


Ingredients | Dijon Mustard

(Swedish mustard-dill sauce)

A classic accompaniment to gravlax, hovmästarsås, a dill-scented mustard sauce, is an excellent condiment for all kinds of fish and seafood. Hovmästarsås (pronouced "hohv-mestar-sohs") comes together in a snap. Another name for this creamy spread is gravlaxsås. Read more »

Janssons Frestelse

Vegetables | Janssons Frestelse

(Swedish potato, onion and cream casserole)

The name of this creamy potato side dish is Swedish for "Jansson's temptation." It's not really clear just who Jansson was — either a 19th century opera singer, or a character in an early 20th century Swedish film. Either way, an entire nation was tempted in the end. Read more »


(Swedish potato pancakes; see Latkes recipe)


Ingredients | Beets Image

(Swedish pickled beets)

Rödbetor is a simple yet beautiful side dish popular throughout Scandinavia. In Denmark it is known as syltede rødbeder. Read more »

Stekt Gås

Poultry | Stekt Gås

(Swedish roast Christmas goose with pan gravy)

Roast goose is a favorite Christmas dish in many countries. This version, with its apple stuffing, comes from Sweden. Unlike other poultry, all goose flesh is dark meat and roasts up like a lean roast beef. Geese, like ducks, are fatty birds,but prepared correctly the meat will be nice and lean and not greasy at all. Read more »