Best ever Scandinavian recipes for Midsummer

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

Looking for Scandinavian recipes? Get your hygge on with our Scandinavian Midsummer feast ideas for smoked fish including gravadlax, classic meatballs with lingonberry sauce and even Daim bar cakes. Plus, of course, you can’t have a Scandinavian feast without a cinnamon bun or two, so we’ve included some of our favourite bun recipes below.


Gravadlax recipes for Midsummer

Gravadlax with fennel remoulade

Want to create the ultimate feast for Midsummer? Check out this fresh and vibrant cured salmon recipe with crunchy fennel remoulade for an easy dinner party centrepiece.

Salmon Gravlax Recipe with Remoulade

Beetroot and gin-cured salmon gravadlax

Try our on-trend zesty and boozy gravadlax, perfect for lunches, canapés or as a show-stopping centrepiece for Midsummer’s Eve. Wear gloves when you’re grating the beetroot to avoid getting stained hands.

Beetroot and gin-cured salmon

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.


Classic 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.

Scandinavian fish recipes

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.

Smoked Mackerel Open Sandwich Recipe On Rye Bread

Crispy sea bass with blitzed beetroot and quick pickled veg

Check out this crispy sea bass with easy blitzed beetroot and quick pickled veg. This simple recipe is low in calories and gluten free, plus it looks impressive too.

Crispy Sea Bass Recipe with Blitzed Beetroot and Quick Pickled Veg

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 for a Midsummer feast starter.

Skagen toast

Invented by Swede Tore Wretman in 1958, skagen is now firmly established as a traditional Scandinavian 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.

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

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.

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.

Vodka-cured herring with dill blinis

Herring is a staple on the Swedish Midsummer table. 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.

Scandinavian meatball recipes

Scandi meatball bake with cucumber salad

This Scandi meatball bake is perfect for sharing with family and friends. Drizzle with soured cream and serve with a homemade cucumber salad and some crusty bread.

One Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe With Cucumber Salad

Spicy pork meatballs with tzatziki

Cook these spicy pork meatballs for an easy al fresco feast with a crowd.

Spicy Pork Meatball Recipe with Tzatziki Dip

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.

Swedish Meatballs Recipe With Lingonberry Sauce

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.


Scandinavian vegetable recipes

Salt-baked beetroot with herby yogurt dressing

This hearty, rugged salad is inspired by the Bar Tartine cookbook. Salt baking will intensify the taste of earthy beetroot. This recipe is perfect for a midweek salad or a sharing starter for any summer meal.

Salt-Baked Beetroot with Herby Yogurt Dressing

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

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.

Scandinavian dessert recipes

Hot cross kanelbullar

This recipe mashes up a classic Scandi cinnamon bun with spicy hot cross bun flavours – perfect for impressing guests.

Kanelbullar Recipe (Swedish Cinnamon Rolls)

Chocolate rye volcano cookies

This recipe from Edd Kimber makes some seriously good chocolate cookies. We call them volcanoes because as they bake, they erupt and spread into fabulous, fudgy cookies.

Chocolate Rye Volcano Cookies Recipe

Easy cinnamon buns

Check out our easiest ever cinnamon buns. Bake and enjoy now or save for a weekend breakfast – just make sure to eat them warm from the oven.

Easy Cinnamon Bun Recipe

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.

Frozen Daim bar and almond cake

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.

Cardamom and raspberry Swedish buns


Listen to Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt chat about Midsummer traditions on our podcast…