Simple, delicious, and natural, three words that aptly describe Finnish cuisine. Still not sure? Then take a look at these traditional Finnish recipes and decide for yourself!
While similar in many ways to Swedish cuisine, Finns still have their own tweaks and preferences that characterize their own.
The following recipes however, will definitely give you a taste of traditional Finnish food.
So even if you’ve only tried lohikeitto so far, take your pick(s) from the list below, and don’t hesitate to try them at home!
Classic Finnish bread
These soft carrot bread rolls are excellent for breakfast or as an accompaniment to a bowl of soup.
You get just a hint of sweetness, so they go so well with jam, butter, or cheese — whatever you’re in the mood for.
Traditional Finnish soups
Light, refreshing goodness in every serving of this Finnish summer soup.
You wouldn’t think it would work if you look at the list of simple ingredients, but trust me, it does.
Try it, and I bet you’ll be a fan too. 🙂
This lohikeitto is an authentic Finnish soup recipe that will transport you straight to the Helsinki market — and I have at least a couple of readers who can attest to that. 🙂
Finnish salmon soup is perfect for those days when you just want to cozy up with a warm bowl of hearty soup at home.
Go ahead, reach for that second serving — DELICIOUS!
Although Finnish spinach soup is always served with boiled eggs by the locals, feel free to skip that if you just want to savor the pure, delicate flavor of spinach.
Excellent as an appetizer or served as a light meal on its own, pinaattikeitto will surely satisfy your whole family — even the ones who hate vegetables.
Traditional Finnish casseroles
I don’t normally prepare anything else when I serve this traditional Finnish dish.
I got everything in there – ground meat, rice, then cabbage as my vegetables, all the major food groups in every serving.
Oh! And any leftovers for Finnish ground beef and cabbage casserole? Trust me; it tastes even better because the rice has absorbed all the flavors. Yum.
Porkkanalaatikko is a staple in every Finnish household’s Christmas table; it’s a creamy and slightly sweet casserole that pairs so well with baked ham.
You have to try that combination to see for yourself.
But, take my word for it: Finnish carrot casserole and ham — heavenly pairing.
Authentic Finnish desserts
Did you notice that Finnish baked pancakes are under dessert, not breakfast?
That’s right because that’s how the Finns enjoy their pancakes — served with fresh fruits, jam, or sugared lingonberries. Yum!
So, have you decided which traditional Finnish recipe to try first? Let me know in the comment section below!