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Easy Scandinavian recipes

Create a Scandinavian-inspired feast at home with some of our favourite recipes, from Swedish meatballs and gravadlax to cinnamon buns and Daim bar cake

Looking for easy Swedish and Finnish recipes? Want the best cinnamon buns? Try our ideas here.

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Create your own Scandinavian midsummer picnic with showstopping gravadlax, skagen toast and beetroot salad. Or serve a large plate of Swedish meatballs for the whole family, followed by fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon or cardamom buns. We also have recipes from executive chef Henrik Ritzén at Nordic restaurant Aquavit in London.

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Easy Scandinavian recipes

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

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 one of our salads below.

Gravadlax

Swedish meatballs with mash and lingonberry sauce

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

Scandinavian Swedish Ikea Meatballs with Mash and Lingonberry Sauce

Skagen toast

Invented by Swede Tore Wretman in 1958, skagen is now firmly established as a traditional Scandinavian dish. It’s really easy and makes a nice, sophisticated change to a prawn cocktail.

Shrimp Skagen Recipe

Finnish lohikeitto (salmon and potato soup)

Flavoured with dill and allspice, this salmon and potato soup is a Finnish classic. Try it all year round for a comforting dinner.

Potato Soup Recipe with Salmon (Lohikeitto)

Beetroot and gin-cured salmon gravadlax

Try our 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

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.

venison

Cardamom and raspberry Swedish buns

Try these 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

Smoked mackerel on rye

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

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

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

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

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 canapés. Making the blinis is easy and the cured herrings are quick and easy to do, then leave to marinate until you need them.


Swedish meatball bake with cucumber salad

This Swedish-style 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

Nordic 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.

gravadlax

Celeriac, mustard and lovage

This smörgåsbord dish is also from executive chef Henrik Ritzén at Aquavit. Showing off Nordic flavours at their simplest and best, this dish is really easy to prepare. 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.


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

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