Bleak roe with chopped onion and sour cream.

Herring, fried and pickled in vinegar and chopped onion.

Shellfish Soup

Fresh shellfish such as oysters, mussels, lobster, shrimps and prawns come from Sweden’s west coast.

Gravad Lax

Salmon marinated for two days in sugar, salt and dill, is served with a cold sweet and sour mustard sauce and dill.

Quiche with Salad

Many cafes serve inexpensive lunches with, for example. a quiche filled with shellfish, ham, cheese or vegetables.

Peas with Pork

Traditionally served on Thursdays, this national dish is yellow pea soup with lightly salted meat or sausage accompanied by mustard. Hot punsch is served on festive occasions. It is followed by pancakes with jam.

Grilled Zander

Freshly caught zander from the Stockholm archipelago or Lake Malaren is served with shrimps and grated horseradish.

Grilled Salmon

Sweden has a rich variety offish from the sea and the lakes, and they are prepared in more different ways than in most countries. Salmon is served as a starter as well as a main course.

It can he boiled, fried, grilled, poached and served cold, marinated, smoked or salted. Here the grilled salmon is served with a selection of blanched vegetables.

Swedish Meatballs

Always part of a smorgasbord, this national dish is also eaten hot with mashed potato, preserved lingonberries and gherkins.

Brisket of Beef

Boiled salted brisket of beef ivith root vegetables is one of the most common Swedish home-cooked dishes.

Reindeer Calf Fillet

Reindeer meat is very tender, lean and delicious. Here it is grilled with chanterelles, black salsify and cranberries.

Cheesecake and Cloudberries

A traditional dessert made with eggs and almonds, sewed here with cloudberries from the north or the archipelago.

Rosehip Soup

This can be eaten hot or cold, with whipped cream or ice cream. Served here with vanilla parfait and almond biscuits.

Hot Chocolate and Cinnamon Buns

A bun is popular with hot chocolate or coffee.


Sweden imports a huge variety of wine from all over the world, but people usually drink beer or schnapps with herring or a smorgasbord. Punsch (a sweet arak spirit) is often served with coffee, or hot with pea soup. Swedish vodka is popular worldwide, but there are also some 60 types of local schnapps flavoured with different herbs and spices. Swedish beer is enjoying a renaissance, with products such as nonfiltered beer, light ale and blueberry beer being produced at new small breweries.

Sweden travel guide – Telegraph


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