Are you thinking of trying North European cuisine? This list of authentic Swedish recipes is an excellent place for you to start. These easy, delicious, everyday Swedish dishes will make you experience the real deal without traveling up north.
There is more to Swedish cuisine than meatballs, and hopefully, this ever-growing list will give you a glimpse into some of the traditional Swedish food that locals love and enjoy.
For any ingredients that are hard to find outside Sweden, rest assured that I have provided easier-to-find alternatives in each post.
So, there you go! No reason not to try any (or all) of these traditional Swedish recipes, right?
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Popular Swedish food
Swedish food that’s ingrained in every Swede’s life — whether growing up or as part of a tradition that holds up to this day.
We love these kanelbullar so much that having them in supermarkets, convenience stores, coffee shops, or bakeries is not enough.
We also have the option to buy them frozen in bags, and all we have to do is stick them in the oven, wait with a cup of coffee, then voila!
We like these thin pancakes so much that we designated a day of the week that everyone should eat it — every Thursday. 🙂
At first glance, you might think they’re crepes.
But nope, these Swedish pancakes are not as chewy as the French ones because we use less flour in the batter.
They’re absolutely delicious, even with just a dusting of powdered sugar.
But if you want to enjoy it like the locals, serve this famous Swedish food with some strawberry or raspberry jam — and whipped cream!
Classic Swedish bread
We have many delicious bread types in Sweden but let me start with the easiest to make at home (that’s just my opinion 🙂 ).
These cheese bread are excellent for making sandwiches or just with plain butter or marmalade — the cheesy bit on the top provides that salty crunch in every bite.
The best part? They’re great for freezing, so you can simply place them in the oven when you’re about to have your breakfast or when you’re preparing a sandwich for work.
Authentic Swedish dishes
This Swedish food is traditionally made from leftovers.
But nowadays, it’s common to find this dish in restaurant menus, right next to meatballs.
It’s a mix of smoked pork, ham, sausage, and potatoes — and we always enjoy it with some pickled beets and fried egg.
Although it is a potato hash, it’s not really for breakfast. Brunch is the earliest that it’s typically served unless you have a hangover. 😉
If you don’t watch it, you will eat this Swedish food as a main dish instead of the side.
This vegetable side dish is excellent with grilled or roasted meat or oven-baked salmon.
Don’t be wary of adding a LOT of dill to this dish – it certainly brings it to a new level of deliciousness.
If you think Swedish food is all about adding cream, this traditional recipe will prove you wrong.
It’s got to be the least number of ingredients that I have come across for a beef stew, but the flavor is so complex and intense that I just can’t believe it when I tried it for the first time.
Allspice and beef — it never crossed my mind that they’re a match made in heaven.
Oh! And to taste the real deal, stick to whole allspice, not the ground or powdered ones.
This dish is not as old as pyttipanna but almost as well-loved, especially among the young Swedes.
Its Swedish sausage (falukorv) that’s cooked in cream, with a bit of mustard and tomato paste added to it.
There’s quite a lot of variations for the recipe of this dish — some use tomato sauce, some use ketchup, some even add vegetables to it.
Regardless of the recipe, korvstroganoff is ALWAYS best served with rice. Yum!
Salmon is arguably the most common fish in Sweden and one of the least expensive.
Serve this healthy alternative to burgers with a refreshing yogurt-lemon-dill sauce, and I’m betting you would be making this not just in the summer but the whole year-round.
Traditional Midsummer & Christmas dishes
A staple for Midsummer celebrations, this classic savory pie uses Sweden’s best cheese from Västerbotten.
But don’t worry if you cannot find this product in your part of the world, gouda is an excellent substitute.
Serve with some fresh green salad on the side and a glass of chilled rosé or white wine — glad midsommar!
It’s one of the classic Swedish recipes for treats that celebrates the season’s best strawberries.
You only need to add some whipped cream in there, and voila — you will get a delicious layered sponge cake with strawberry filling.
You can play around with the number of layers when making midsommartårta, and nowadays, I’ve even seen some friends use a mix of berries.
But regardless of how you decide to prepare it — this Swedish midsummer cake recipe is always a crowd-pleaser!
These slightly sweet pastries are subtly flavored with saffron, with a burst of sugar from those raisins on top.
Saffron is ubiquitous in Sweden once the Advent starts.
You see it in cakes, buns, and cookies — and all supermarkets would have a sachet of it right next to the cashier.
It’s like a reminder for everyone to pick one and start preparing their holiday treats at home. 🙂
Remember the cake that I mentioned previously? This is it — a soft, buttery cake with a hint of spice.
Some people add raisins and other dried fruits to it, but I personally just like it with almond slices and a dusting of powdered sugar on top.
Saffron is a very delicate spice, and I don’t want it overpowered by too many sweet elements in there.
So, if you agree with me, give this one a try!
It is a Christmas tradition in the Nordics, but of course, Swedes have their way of making them at home.
You just have to try and find out all about that ‘fuzzy‘ feeling while you’re enjoying a serving of this deliciously warm holiday drink.
So, which one among these authentic Swedish food is your favorite? Let me know!