The mythological, romantic, and fun Midsummer has arrived! It is safe to say that this holiday is one of the Swede’s favorite holidays. Despite restrictions and rules about social distancing, there will be celebrating although we hope that you all follow the local rules and regulations in place to protect you, and stay away from large gatherings.

Since the food (and drinks) are a very vital part of every midsummer celebration, we have decided to compile a Midsummer menu, recipes included, for you to try. If you’re not the cooking type, make sure to support your local Scandinavian caterer/café/restaurant and get your Midsummer food from them.

So, what can we usually find on the table during midsummer?

Potatoes, sour cream & chives, and dill, so much dill.

We are starting out easy. Peel and boil some potatoes with dill.
Chop some chives and serve it on top of the sour cream.


All shapes and forms of salmon but most typically gravlax or cold-smoked salmon. The salmon can usually be bought at your local grocery shop. Serve with the IKEA’s mustard and dill sauce.

Skagen toast

One of the best dishes to ever hail out of Sweden. You are definitely going to want to serve this on your midsummer table. The amazing Big Swede BBQ, makes the best Skagen Toast we’ve tried so far.


Smörgåstårta is the best party trick in a Swedes book. This dish is so easy to make, versatile to fit anyone’s palette, dietary restrictions, or preferences, and it’s filling. Also, a smörgåstårta is a sure sign of summer in Sweden.

Pickled Herring


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Ah, the pickled herring! A staple on the midsummer, christmas, easter, any table, really. Do Swedes even like the herring, or are we just eating it for the sake of tradition? Thankfully, IKEA has opened up so you can take the easy route here and pick up a few jars at our favorite stor, or you can make your own.

Here’s a recipe from for you brave souls out there.


Pickled herrings evil cousin. Look, we’re not saying you have to. But if you are celebrating outdoors, is it really Swedish midsummer without opening a container of surströmming effectively striking out your family and friends for a good couple of minutes? If you are indoors, don’t bother unless you are willing to repaint all the walls in your house.


No surprise here. Some have them, some don’t. If you’re not really into the fishy stuff, meatballs are a good substitute. We’ve included IKEA’s recipe here. And there’s a vegetarian version too. Hooray!

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Schnapps & Akvavit

Okay, this is hard because schnapps in the United States isn’t the same as schnapps in Scandinavia. But, there are a few companies in the United States that sell akvavit. No word yet on if IKEA sells schnapps. But they should. IKEA, you hear us? You should.


Based on our own preferences, we recommend a Jarlsberg cheese, which is similar to the popular Swedish cheese, Herrgårds ost. It can be found at most grocery stores in the United States, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Enjoy on a baguette or a gluten-free Wasa hard bread.

Are we missing a popular dish or recipe? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on social media or at

This article was originally published on June 18, 2020 and has since then been edited and updated.

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