25+ Scandinavian Recipes • Nordic Comfort Food! (2024)

25+ Scandinavian recipes from pfeffern?sse and cardamom buns to gravlox and aqua vit! Delicious comfort food, Nordic style!

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Sure, you’ve baked spritz cookies during the holidays, and maybe you’ve had a Swedish meatball or two, (thanks Ikea), but do you really know what Scandinavian food is all about?

These 25 Scandinavian/Nordic recipes run the gamut from light, bright, and minimal all the way to uber cozy and comforting ~ and that’s what’s so exciting about Nordic cuisine, it’s got it all covered, and more. Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden have made an art out of cold weather cooking, and it’s what I’m craving as we head into the cooler months. If you happen to have some Scandinavian DNA, share your favorite recipes in the comments!

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CHOPPED STEAK WITH BACON AND MUSHROOM GRAVY

This classic shopped steak skillet is a Danish recipe straight from Mormor’s kitchen. Served with a big plate of boiled parslied potatoes, this chopped steak is a meal fit for a (Viking) king.

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FINNISH SALMON SOUP (Lohikeitto)

One of my favorite Nordic recipes, this pretty soup has a light creamy broth infused with dill and allspice, and of course, chunks of tender salmon. I make a quick fish stock, which is essential for the flavor, using the salmon skin. Waste not want not 🙂

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SWEDISH CARDAMOM BUNS (KARDEMUMMABULLAR)

Swedish Cardamom Buns is a classic Scandinavian recipe ~ they’re soft, plush sweet rolls with a fragrant cardamom sugar filling. This easy knotted pastry is beyond delicious and so easy to make, I?ll hold your hand through it, step by step!

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ROAST CHICKEN WITH POTATOES, APPLES, AND BROWN CABBAGE

I guarantee this aromatic meal is like no chicken you’ve had before ~ it’s become a winter staple in our house. It brings together everything we love about Scandinavian recipes into one delicious pot!

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LINGONBERRY JAM TART WITH CARDAMOM

The combination of tart jam with warm cardamom all wrapped up in a buttery shortbread crumble is irresistible!

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SWEDISH VISITING CAKE

Swedish Visiting Cake is a buttery, almond-infused cake that is simple and elegant ~ the perfect excuse for a Swedish style fika coffee break!

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NORDIC GRANOLA : CARAMELIZED GRAINS AND SOURED MILK (Melkering) ~ My Nordic Kitchen

Rye, spelt, and oatmeal are caramelized with butter and honey, and then served in a puddle of soured milk. Don’t be afraid of the soured milk ~ it’s cultured, like kefir, or yogurt.

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FINNISH SMOKED SALMON AND FARRO SALAD ~ Kira ?kerstr?m

Kira is a Finnish blogger who now lives in San Francisco (she won the Finnish Masterchef competition!) and she makes this grain salad super fresh with lots of cilantro and dill. The smoked salmon makes it a healthy complete meal.

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NORWEGIAN RHUBARB AND ALMOND CAKE

This lovely breakfast cake hails from Norway where rhubarb thrives in the chilly climate.

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GRAVADLAX WITH CUCUMBER PICKLE AND DILL MUSTARD MAYONNAISE ~ Donal Skehan

This gorgeous silky cured salmon with fresh dill is probably what comes to mind first when you think Scandinavian food. And for good reason, it’s one of the best ideas to come out of the far North, thanks to the plentiful fish in their icy waters. I add edible blossoms to my Nordic Open Faced Sandwiches for an elegant look.

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TRADITIONAL SWEDISH PEPPARKAKOR

This traditional Swedish Pepparkakor Recipe makes deliciously crisp spice cookies with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and clove. They?re aScandinavianChristmas tradition and they?re absolutely fabulous!

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LINGONBERRY JAM ~ Masala Herb

No, you probably won’t find lingonberries in your area, but try this method with any foraged berries. Lingonberry jam, which you will find on most large supermarket shelves, is an essential side to Swedish Meatballs.

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MEATBALLS WITH CELERIAC AND APPLES ~ Refinery 29

Celeriac, apples, and a touch of fresh nutmeg makes this meatball skillet quintessentially Scandinavian. These are definitely not mom’s meatballs ~ I love the fresh green color! Celeriac also features in these Celeriac and Sardine Toasts.

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DANISH KRINGLE RECIPE ~ Culinary Hill

Meggan’s mother-in-law from Racine Wisconsin makes this authentic almond Kringle (Wisconsin’s official state pastry.) I’m so glad she passed on the recipe!

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SHAVED WINTER VEGETABLE SALAD

I was influenced by Scandi minimalism in this colorful salad ~ it proves that just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fresh crunch in your diet.

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SCANDINAVIAN WHITE CHOCOLATE CAKE (Kladdkaka) ~ Yellow Days

This classic sticky chocolate cake comes straight from the sidewalk cafes of Sweden, and the pages of theFika and Hygge cookbook. You can use your favorite type of chocolate for this cake.

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SCANDINAVIAN RICE PUDDING WITH CRANBERRIES

Although rice pudding is often served chilled, I love it best warm from the pot. The vanilla and cardamom are extra aromatic and it’s the most comforting treat ever.

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7-LAYER SMOKED SALMON DIP

This beautiful Scandinavian inspired layered salmon dip is a stunning appetizer for any gathering. I?ve given you suggestions for the layers, but you can definitely customize it, there are so many possibilities.

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TRADITIONAL DANISH RYE BREAD WITH SOURDOUGH ~ Wholesome Nordic Living

Rustic rye bread is a staple of Nordic cuisines. Danish blogger Helene makes this nutritious fiber filled bread from scratch, using a sourdough starter.

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ICELANDIC PANCAKES ~ Fun & Food Cafe

These light crepe-like pancakes are a traditional Icelandic breakfast, served with fresh jam or whipped cream. The recipe is from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book.

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MIDSUMMER AQUAVIT co*ckTAIL ~ Honestly Yum

A beloved Nordic spirit, Aquavit (water of life) is a neutral alcohol, like vodka, flavored with caraway, and sometimes dill, fennel, coriander, citrus and anise. Everybody drinks it up North. Skoal!

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BEETROOT RISOTTO WITH MUSHROOMS ~ Our Kitchen Stories

This stunningly simple risotto comes from a Berlin based blog with a decidedly Scandinavian flair.

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CHANTARELLE AND GOAT CHEESE SKILLET (Kantareller og Geitost) ~ North Wild Kitchen

Scandinavian food isn’t all yogurt and lignonberries…there’s a strong tradition of comfort food, too ~ it’s cold up there, for Pete’s sake! I love this cozy cheesy skillet, and I think you could use whatever mushrooms you can get your hands on.

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RICE PUDDING WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND MARINATED ORANGES (Ris a la Malta) ~ Call me Cupcake

This traditional Scandinavian Christmas dessert can also be eaten for breakfast…I bet it helps keep one’s mind off the long dark days of winter.

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NORDIC OPEN FACED SMOKED SALMON SANDWICHES

Open faced sandwiches are a way of life in the North. They make a lunch or light dinner, and the toppings are endlessly variable. Move over avocado toast!

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ROSEMARY AND THYME ROASTED RADISHES WITH SKYR~ @scusatema

Skyr is the Icelandic version of yogurt, but it has a milder flavor. You can sometimes find it in larger supermarkets or whole foods type stores, (I think Trader Joe’s sells it) and I’ve got a skyr recipe coming up on the blog soon, so stay tuned.

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CARDAMOM SPRITZ COOKIES

Spritz cookies are a beloved tradition in Scandinavia and we love them! Mine are cardamom spiced and super colorful.

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What are the 5 favorite Scandinavian foods? ›

From princess cake to cloudberries, here are some of the top Scandinavian heritage foods to try on your next trip.
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What is a typical Scandinavian dish? ›

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What is an example of a Nordic food? ›

Generally, though, this is a hearty cuisine based on fresh, local ingredients. While Scandinavian cuisine comes with plenty of traditional dishes that immediately spring to mind—gravlax, cinnamon buns, waffles, reindeer, and aquavit—there's a sophisticated food movement now in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

What is the staple food of Scandinavia? ›

You'll soon discover that the Scandinavian countries have similar diets, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Common foods include bread, dairy products, potatoes, porridges, creamy soups, salted or smoked meats and fresh, salted or smoked fish.

Are eggs part of Nordic diet? ›

Lean meats, such as skinless poultry, and eggs are acceptable in moderation, although most Nordic Diet proteins are derived from fish and plant alternatives, such as legumes, nuts, and seeds.

What are the top 3 foods in Sweden? ›

These days, the food is made up of many of the dishes Sweden is most famous for, including meatballs, Jansson's temptation (a potato gratin with cream and sprats) and gravadlax.

What vegetables do Scandinavians eat? ›

Nordic vegetables are cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, roots and peas. Fish varieties include salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring and dried salty cod. Fruits do not grow abundantly in the region; therefore, berries tend to be the primary source of fruit.

What fruits do Scandinavians eat? ›

Here's everything you need to know about the delicious berries of Scandinavia:
  • Wild Strawberries. Season: early June till July.
  • Blueberries. Season: Mid-July till August.
  • Raspberries. Season: Mid-July till August.
  • Lingonberries. Season: Late July till September.
  • Gooseberries. ...
  • Black/ Red currants. ...
  • Cloudberries.

What do Scandinavian people eat for lunch? ›

A traditional lunch can take hours, and aquavit is enjoyed at regular intervals, of course. Popular dishes for a smörgåsbord include bowls of pickled herring served with rye and crispbread, beetroot and apple salad, meatballs, pâtés, and different types of cured and smoked salmon.

What is a Viking meal? ›

The children would usually have porridge and dried fruit or, on occasion, buttermilk and bread. A Viking dinner or evening meal was called Nattmal, which they would have at the end of their working day. This meal consisted of meat with stewed vegetables accompanied by an ale drink.

What is the most popular Scandinavian food? ›

Meatballs. Thanks to a certain Swedish furniture company meatballs (köttbullar) are perhaps the best known of any individual Scandinavian dish. They are traditionally made with a combination of ground beef and pork, alongside spices including nutmeg and cardamom.

What do Scandinavians have for Christmas dinner? ›

In Norway, two traditional dishes are contenders for the most popular Christmas dinners – “ribbe” (pork rib) and “pinnekjøtt” (lamb or mutton rib). Whilst the former has been the overall prime choice for years, the popularity of pinnekjøtt grows for each passing year.

What do Scandinavians eat for dessert? ›

What to eat in Scandinavia? Top 50 Scandinavian Desserts
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  • Dessert. Oven Cheese (Kalvedans) NORWAY. ...
  • Dessert. Æblekage. DENMARK. ...
  • Dessert. Våfflor. SWEDEN. ...
  • Rice Pudding. Risengrød. DENMARK. ...
  • Pancake. Æbleskiver. DENMARK. ...
  • Rice Pudding. Risalamande. DENMARK.

What is the national dish of Denmark? ›

The "national dish of Denmark" is stegt flæsk - pieces of pork, fried until crisp, and then served with boiled potatoes and parsley sauce.

What is the national dish of Sweden? ›

What's the most iconic Swedish dish? Köttbullar or Swedish meatballs are arguably the most iconic, often representing Swedish food culture globally.

What is a typical Scandinavian breakfast? ›

Many eat porridge ( mostly oatmeal), typically with milk and jam, applemash, fruit or berries. Many eat yoghurt ( either natural or flavored) or fil ( Cultured buttermilk), with cereal, fruit, berries or jam. Many eat sandwiches, with a variety of toppings; cheese, eggs and various cold cuts are all common.

What meat is eaten in Scandinavia? ›

Northern Norwegians eat a lot of smoked, dried lamb. Of course, we can't discuss meat without mentioning meatballs. There must be tens of thousands of different recipes – actually, that's probably a vast underestimation. In Sweden, a mixture of pork and beef is usually prepared, whereas Danes prefer pork and veal.

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