Sweden’s National Dishes

Another Eurovision Song Contest has been and gone and what a year it was! Shockingly we didn’t win…again getting a massive 5 points this year!

The worthy winners this year were Sweden with their sixth win of the contest, making them the most successful country to ever compete. Måns Zelmerlöw performed his dance anthem ‘Heroes’ totalling an impressive 365 points. In a competition famous for its novelty acts, it was a change for Sweden to present a singer that took to the stage on his own.

So in honour of Zelmerlöw, we have compiled some famous Swedish dishes for you to have a go and try out yourself!


Köttbullar med gräddsås (Meatballs with Cream Sauce)

This popular Swedish dish is well known across the world and there are plenty of different ways to put your own stamp on this staple meal. The reason why it is a Swedish dish is unknown however it is loved by many!

Meatballs with Cream Sauce (Kottbullar med graddsas)

Recipe can be found here


Stekt strömming (Fried Herring)

This is one of the most popular fishes to eat in Sweden and is both popular to have as a family meal as it is when you go out to a restaurant. It is also appreciated as a fantastic street food and you should definitely try it out at home.

Fried Herring

Recipe can be found here


Ärtsoppa (Yellow Pea Soup)

Traditionally, pea soup was served on a Thursday to get people ready for the Christian fast which would happen on a Friday. Still to this day it is often found in schools and the army on Thursday lunch times.

Yellow Pea Soup (Artsoppa)

Recipe can be found here


Raggmunk (Potato Pancakes)

This dish is normally served with either salted pork or lingonberries, however bacon rashers will do just fine. The name is two words joined together, ‘ragg’ meaning crispy and ‘munk’ meaning donught pan.

Potato Pancakes (Raggmunk)

Recipe can be found here


Kräftor med dill (Crayfish with Dill)

August crayfish parties are famous across Sweden and have been going on since the 1800’s. Now, crayfish are very rare and expensive so families usually buy boxes of frozen crayfish from the supermarket.

Crayfish with Dill (Kraftor med dill)

Recipe can be found here


Gubbröra (Eggs with Swedish Anchovies)

To us, this sounds like a very unusal dish and something that we wouldn’t want to cook everyday. However in Sweden it is an extremely popular dish! To confuse matters, Swedish anchovies aren’t really anchovies at all, they are sprats!

Eggs with Swedish Anchovies (Gubbrora)

Recipe can be found here


Sparrissoppa (Asparagus Soup)

Sweden grow a mixture of green and white asparagus, however whichever is your preferred colour, this recipe will make you a delicious soup to enjoy. You can always freeze some to have at a later date!

Asparagus Soup (Sparrissoppa)

Recipe can be found here


Kanelbullar (Cinnamon Buns)

The Swedish have a massive sweet tooth, so lastly here is a delicious recipe for cinnamon buns. Make these, and your kitchen will have a beautiful sweet cinnamon smell that will just fill your heart with warm sticky goodness!

Cinnamon Buns (Kanelbullar)

Recipe can be found here

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