Wondering what a typical Swedish breakfast is? Keep reading then and find out if you can take some excellent tips from the Swedes!
If only we could keep eating Swedish cinnamon buns … 😉
Unlike in other non-Nordic countries, we don’t usually have pancakes for breakfast, either.
But cinnamon rolls are definitely common for breakfast — especially when it’s Cinnamon Bun Day!
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What do Swedes eat for breakfast?
The traditional Swedish breakfast is relatively healthy. It always has at least two of these items:
- fresh fruits
- cheese or cured meat
- fresh vegetables
- bread, porridge, or cereal
- coffee or tea
That’s only the basics, of course.
As expected, we all have our favorites — like that Swedish caviar in a tube (but that’s a different story 😉 ).
Oatmeal or porridge is very common for Swedish breakfast.
Serve it with some fresh fruits or a dollop of marmalade and a cup of coffee, and you’re off to a good start.
Muesli cereal is quite big here if we are to base it on the varieties available in every supermarket.
We love combining it with filmjölk, which is like a light yogurt, and it comes in plain or different flavors.
Sandwiches are either open-faced or the ones with buns.
Although there is a wide variety of ingredients used, these are the typical ones used to prepare a sandwich for a Swedish breakfast.
- Cheese – usually slices of hard cheese, but soft cheese is not uncommon.
- Cured meat, cold cuts, boiled eggs, or shrimp.
- Fresh vegetables – slices of bell peppers, cucumber, and tomatoes are some of our favorites.
- Bread – this could be a bun, a slice of sourdough bread, or a piece of Swedish cracker.
- Butter – we rarely use mayonnaise; butter is what we love to spread on the bread (or cracker) instead.
- Leafy greens – lettuce, rucola, baby spinach, etc.
- Fresh fruit – not all the time, but slices of avocado are quite common.
These cheese buns are so easy to make at home, even without a stand mixer — and they’re also excellent for freezing.
So, you can just heat these buns in the oven when you’re ready to use them for your breakfast.
And, of course, a cup of tea or freshly brewed coffee to round everything up.
You prefer some fruit juice instead? That’s not a problem, either. We also love having a glass of orange juice on the side.
Lastly, cakes (or sweets) are alright occasionally, but not the ones loaded with icing or cream.
So, give them a try, and let me know if you have a favorite among these typical Swedish breakfast choices — completely understandable if you still say kanelbullar! 🙂