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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cook these spicy pork meatballs for an easy al fresco feast with a crowd.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
This recipe mashes up a classic Scandi cinnamon bun with spicy hot cross bun flavours – perfect for impressing guests.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious filled buns inspired by classic Scandinavian baking. Made with a brioche-style dough and filled with raspberries, the family will love them.
Listen to Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt chat about Midsummer traditions on our podcast…