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Best ever Scandinavian recipes

Our best ever Scandinavian recipes give plenty of inspiration for Scandi midsummer parties and Nordic themed dinners

Get your hygge on with our Scandinavian recipes for smoked fish, classic meatballs with lingonberry sauce and even Daim bar cakes.

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Smoked mackerel on rye with horseradish cream and pickled radish

This recipe for smoked mackerel on rye with horseradish cream and pickled radish makes for a great lunch or lighter dinner for one. The horseradish gives it a punchy kick.


Scandi-style salmon with pickled potato salad

A sophisticated meal for two, this quick and easy salmon fillet with sharp and creamy potato salad is exactly what you need to lift you out of that mid-week work slump

scandi-style salmon with pickle potato salad

Shrimp Skagen (Skagenröra)

This simple prawn starter is courtesy of executive chef Henrik Ritzén at Nordic restaurant Aquavit, London. If you can’t get fresh horseradish, use 1 tbsp of horseradish sauce instead.

shrimp skagen

Scandinavian meatballs with mash and lingonberry sauce

We all love meatballs and pasta – but have you ever tried them with mash, Scandinavian style? Lingonberries are a European relation of the cranberry – you can buy lingonberry sauce from Ikea, or just use cranberry sauce instead.


Venison tartare with blueberries and juniper

This dish is courtesy of executive chef Henrik Ritzén at Nordic restaurant Aquavit, London. Soft and beguiling venison tartare is joined by spicy blueberries. Aquavit uses scraps of batter for crunch, but you can also serve with croutons or toast.

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Sweet and sour cucumber

Easy recipe for pickled cucumber made sweet and sour with sugar and vinegar. Extra flavour comes from spices and chilli to make a simple side salad.




Celeriac, mustard and lovage

This smörgåsbord dish is courtesy of executive chef Henrik Ritzén at Nordic restaurant Aquavit, London. Showing off Nordic flavours at their simplest and best, this dish is really easy to prepare and perfect for your next dinner party. If you can’t find lovage use parsley instead.

celeriac and lovage

Gravadlax with mustard and dill sauce

Traditionally-cured salmon is a classic smörgåsbord all over the Nordic region and this dish is picked up with a pokey mustard and dill sauce. This starter is courtesy of executive chef Henrik Ritzén at Nordic restaurant Aquavit, London.

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Smoked cod fritters

Spanish tapas classic made easy. Bite-sized smoked cod and potato fishcakes bound together with egg and flour then quickly fried until crispy. Serve with lemon wedges.


Skagen toast

Invented by Swede Tore Wretman in 1958, skagen is now firmly established as a traditional dish. It’s super quick to make, why not try it as a simple starter. It’s really easy and makes a nice, sophisticated change to a prawn cocktail.


Beetroot, caper and dill salad

A quick and easy salad that takes minutes to prepare. Leave for the flavours to mingle then serve with hard-boiled eggs and fresh dill.


Vodka-cured herring with dill blinis

Blinis with herrings cured in vodka and soured cream make the best canapé or starter for a dinner party. Making the blinis is easy and the cured herrings are quick and easy to do, then leave to marinate until you need them.


Gravadlax

This melt-in-your-mouth salmon dish is cured in the traditional Scandinavian way with sea salt, dill and pepper. Serve on toasted rye bread à la Scandi or with salad. This Scandi classic is easier than you think with our step-by-step guide.


Ginger salmon with overnight beetroot pickles

A delicious Scandinavian-inspired dinner of salmon with beetroot and dill pickles. The beautiful colours make it special enough for the weekend, but easy for a midweek supper too


Smoked mackerel pâté with cucumber and pickled beetroot

This smoked mackerel pâté is really easy to make but packs in a lot of flavour. Served with cucumber and pickled beetroot make it a bit more special


Frozen Daim bar and almond cake

Recreate this adored treat created by Jonas Karlsson of Linnea restaurant in Kew. Frozen Daim bar parfait is topped with caramelised chopped almonds and amaretto sauce.

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Cardamom and raspberry Swedish buns

Delicious filled buns inspired by classic Scandinavian baking. Made with a brioche-style dough and filled with raspberries, the family will love them.