Swedish recipes including trout gravadlax, cinnamon buns and crayfish cocktail will quickly become family favourites with their fresh, clean flavours
Swedish recipes like trout gravadlax, cinnamon buns and anything and everything to do with crayfish are firm favourites, but there’s so much more to Swedish cooking than just these. We’ve brought together our favourite Swedish recipes for you to try at home and really give family and friends a taste of what this stunning country has to offer.
This lightly salted chicken with tomato-mint and beetroot salad (pictured) is great because the chicken is so flavoursome and tender. This is the case because once it has been salted, its flavour is enhanced and the meat becomes firmer, yet still has a perfectly tender texture.
There is a lot of smoked and pickled fish in Swedish cooking so if you want a taste of something authentic, try our Swedish surprise pasta salad – the pickled herring in it is beautifully balanced out by the clean flavour of the soured cream, and alongside the crunch cucumber and pepper, this is a beautiful salad recipe.
You can even make your own elderflower cordial at home. It really couldn’t be easier and brings a really nice, light taste of Sweden into your home. This is a really great recipe because if you bottle it up in nice bottles and decorated with some nice twine of gift labels, you could easily give your cordial to friends and family on birthdays and other occasions. They’ll really appreciate the fact that you’ve made it yourself – it always tastes better homemade as well!
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For dessert, give our cinnamon buns a go, you can find them everywhere in Sweden and they’re a real treat. They couldn’t be more simple to make and will leave your home smelling pleasantly like cinnamon for hours afterwards. Plus, your family will love being greeted by the smell of freshly baked buns.
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Trout Gravadlax is a quick and easy alternative to smoked salmon and makes for a great light lunch or starter, plus it looks really smart too so can easily be served at a dinner party.
Cinnamon buns are quintessentially Scandinavian, and you will find subtle variations of this tasty treat across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. This cinnamon bun cake is perfect to share at brunch or afternoon tea.
Winter is long and very cold in Sweden so what better way to warm up and get all the vitamins and iron you need than with this spinach soup. Make it even more filling with grilled slices of baguette and a sprinkling of goats cheese.
Crayfish can be found in abundance in Sweden so they're used in a lot of recipes. Try our crayfish cocktail for a stunning dinner party starter.
Venison is commonly eaten in Sweden and though it's quite like beef, it's a lot more lean which makes it a great option if you're watching your weight but need some hearty comfort food. This rich venison casserole with button mushrooms is really easy to make and so tasty.
Paul Hollywood shares a recipe for emmenthal, onion and mushroom pastries perfect for brunch or for your lunch.
Pickled herring is very Swedish so for a really authentic salad recipe try this Swedish surprise pasta salad. It's really healthy and comes in at 320 claries per portion.
Blueberries are used in a lot of Swedish puds so try this blueberry and almond tart - it's a really elegant dessert, full of vitamin C, calcium and protein tso you won't regret eating it!
Made of thin layers of Jaconde sponge filled with raspberry and rose jam, this dome cake is for the skilled baker.
This refreshing elderflower cordial is best served topped with sparkling or still water, or as an alcoholic mixer with gin or vodka and a slice of lemon.
This beetroot and gin cured salmon is ideal as a starter to a dinner party as it looks really sophisticated and tastes really elegant too.
Another take on the crayfish cocktail - our crayfish and prawn cocktail with bitter leaves is also great at a party or dinner party as a starter.