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5 Traditional Danish Dishes You Can Make On Your Own

Updated: Oct 28, 2023

5 Traditional Danish Dishes

French croissants, Italien pizza or pasta, and British fish and chips.

But what about Denmark? What are the dishes that define this country? What are the main ingredients, the taste and how to make them?

Make sure to continue reading, because today, we are giving you 5 traditional danish dishes, which are delicious and easy to make.

We put them in the line based on the difficulty of preparation, so you can start slowly and continue further with more elaborate dishes.


When you ask about Danish cuisine around the world, many won't have a clue. But if you ask in Denmark, the most common answer would be Smørrebrød. This open-faced sandwich is a product of many generations of Danes. Ever since the 19th century, they are improving Smørrebrøds more and more. Today you can even find restaurants which are specialising in making these sandwiches.

The best feature is that allows you to utilise any spare ingredients in your fridge, which otherwise would have been thrown out.

Stegt flæsk med persillesovs

Or grilled pork belly with parsley sauce in English is another traditional Danish dish, you can see all around the country. The dish is quite rustic and easy to make, however, that doesn't lessen the taste if it is done properly.

As in all recipes, there is room for experimentation, but the base is always the same. Take a look at one option we found.

Stegt flæsk med persillesovs


Denmark produces annually over 25 million pigs. This makes pork one of the most common ingredients in Danish cuisine.

Another popular dish is Flæskesteg (Danish pork roast). You can find this dish on every Christmas plate in Denmark, together with red cabbage, caramelised potatoes or boiled potatoes with gravy. You can also find Flæskesteg on the Christmas markets, where they sell it together with bread and vegetables.

If you wish to try tome Flæskesteg on your own, follow this recipe.



Every time a Danes looks back to his childhood, he will remember his grandmother and her Frikadeller (meatballs). Because of this, nobody agrees on what is the original taste and recipe.

The Frikadeller should consist of an equal amount of calf and pork, together with some spices, flour, eggs, onion, and milk. Once made, they can be served with potatoes, rye bread or sweet and sour cabbage.

They are also one of the popular toppings on Smørrebrøds.


Forloren Hare

As mentioned before, Denmark is known for utilizing a lot of meat in their cuisine, and this dish is a perfect example.

Forloren Hare or Danish meatloaf is the same as any other meatloaves, but the preparation and ingredients are what make it special.

As you would expect, you need some ground pork, beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, and spices.

However, once you assemble the whole meatloaf together, you need to prepare it slowly in an oven together with bacon and jelly (see the recipe)

Aside from the Forloren Hare alone, you also need to remember to prepare the sauce, which brings the dish to the new heights.

Forloren Hare

This may not be a web about cooking, but we hope that you have enjoyed this.

You might not be a fan of all of these dishes, but you can be sure that once you start hanging out with Danes a bit more, you will surely encounter all of them.

So knowing these recipes and being even able to recreate them, must leave some great impression.

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