The Danish cuisine dates back to the Middle Ages, and even to the age of the Vikings. Many different spices and condiments used even today, including cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and black pepper, came from foreign lands. Here are half a dozen dishes from the best and quintessential menus from Denmark’s kitchen, along with pictures.
1. Frikadeller – Typical Danish Culture Food
What is it: Basically a fast food, the meatball dish and is often served with boiled potatoes and gravy, or else, creamed cabbage. It is usually made with meats like pork, veal, lamb, beef, and also fish, making the dish a quick-pick among meat-lovers.
What does it taste like: The aroma of fried ground meat, accompanied by spices will surely captivate your taste buds.
2. Stegt Flæsk – The Official Danish National Food
What is it: Literally, ‘stegt’ means ‘fried’ and ‘flæsk’ is a ‘strip of pork belly’. This popular dish is made of fried pork belly and is traditionally served with a white parsley sauce and potatoes. Pork is the most popular meat in Denmark, with bacon and different other cuts used for the dish.
What does it taste like: The crunchy pork belly gets an exotic taste with the subtle flavor of the parsley sauce.
3. Spegesild – Pickled Herring Danish Christmas Food
What is it: One of the favorites of the people of Denmark, spegesild is a simple yet tasty pickled fish item that can be eaten hot or cold, and can also be used for preparing other dishes. It is often made at home and can be consumed along with both lunch and dinner menus. This is a favorite item for Christmas and during the winter holidays of the Jewish Yule, as well as for New Year celebrations, and wedding parties.
What does it taste like: It’s deliciously tangy, adding an extra flavor to the dish. This less spicy sandwich dish has a high nutritional value.
4. Citronfromage – Cold Lemon Dessert Dish
What is it: This is also a classic dessert from Denmark. Though a favorite summer dish, but can be served at any time.
What does it taste like: The fresh aroma of lemon mixed with creams and other accompaniments makes it a perfect way to finish a meal with.
5. Danish Hot Dog – Junk Street Food
What is it: Hot dogs need no further introduction, but just that it is made in the typical Danish style. A delicious street food available in different varieties of hot dogs, this is ideal for you to have during an idle walk in the evening, just to get the feel of traditional Denmark.
What does it taste like: Depending upon the ingredients used, the tastes of the classic Danish hot dogs vary greatly.
6. Italiensk Salat – Popular Starter Salad Dish
What is it: This salad dish is made of assorted vegetables, and usually smoked ham; however, there are variations. Of late, the vegetarian or vegan versions are also quite sought after. High in nutritional value, this can be consumed either as a starter or for breakfast.
What does it taste like: This is a cold salad dish, and tastes great no matter whether it’s made of pork or the vegetarian, or even the vegan way (devoid of cream).
So, that’s our list of Danish foods you have to try, and you must try! Find some time from your busy work schedule, and plan a trip to Denmark if you are a genuine food lover, as the cuisine alone will make it worth your while.