Norwegian Recipes

Browse our collection of 30+ Norwegian recipes, and try your hand at krumkake, lefse, pannekaken, and more.

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Norwegian Christmas Cabbage

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
Norwegian Christmas Cabbage is essentially a kind of sweet and sour sauerkraut, spiced with caraway seeds.

Norwegian Lefse

Rating: 4.5 stars 73
I was raised on Lefse as a special treat for the holidays. We still make it every holiday season, and this is the best recipe ever. We eat ours with butter and sugar. Note: you will need a potato ricer to prepare this recipe.

Norwegian Butter Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 63
Excellent as either drop cookies or cookie press cookies. Try using lemon extract in place of the vanilla for a citrusy punch!
By Raymond

Potato Klubb (Norwegian Potato Dumplings)

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
This is a traditional Norwegian main dish. My grandmother always served it with fresh peas. As good as the potato klubb are the first day, they're even better the second day sliced and fried in butter until golden brown. We like to have them for breakfast with fried eggs.

Norwegian Krumkake

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
If you like a mildly flavorful and crispy wafer-like cookie, this is it! Other flavorings can be added in addition to or instead of vanilla. You can even use this recipe to make your own ice cream cones. Easy and quick! Pipe them with whipped cream or dip in melted chocolate.

Norwegian Almond Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
A light almond cake with a rich custard topping. Not a pretty cake, but never met a person who didn't like it. However, be careful - not all the ingredients are good for the waistline.

Norwegian Potato Flatbread (Lefse)

Rating: 5 stars 10
This is my take on Norwegian flatbread. Without really knowing what I was doing, these came out delightfully tender, supple, almost fabric-like in texture, and tasting deliciously like something between a crepe and a potato pancake. They're traditionally served with butter and a sprinkle of sugar, but I also enjoy them with some smoked salmon, sour cream, and fresh dill. My other favorite topping combo is butter and some kind of berry jam and sour cream.

Original Kumla Recipe from Mom

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Swedish-Norwegian potato dumplings. Serve with lots of butter and sour cream.

Kransekake (Norwegian Almond Ring Cake)

Rating: 4 stars 2
This is the recipe for a traditional Norwegian almond ring cake, which is often served for weddings and special events like Christmas and birthdays.

Norwegian Potato Lefsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
Traditional Norwegian Potato Lefsa that's usually reserved for holiday meals. NOTE: It is important that dough balls stay cold till they are rolled out.

Scandinavian Sweetheart Waffles

Rating: 5 stars 24
Heart-shaped waffles are a traditional treat throughout Scandinavia, made crisp in Sweden and soft-textured in Norway. Topped with jam or berries and whipped cream, or wafer-thin slices of gjeitost (Norwegian brown goat cheese), they're a favorite with coffee or as a snack. This recipe is my adaptation of Norwegian-style waffles served by my friends Megan and Sverre in Trondheim, Norway.


Rating: 4.5 stars 18
This is a popular meat dish from Southern Norway. Lamb and cabbage are layered and stewed with peppercorns. Serve with boiled potatoes that have been sprinkled with parsley.

Inspiration and Ideas

Norwegian Pancakes - Pannekaken
Rating: Unrated 230
"My Norwegian grandmother made this for us as a treat, and it continues to be a favorite Serve rolled like a crepe with syrup or jam." – in da wings
Norwegian Butter Sauce (Sandefjordsmor)
Rating: Unrated 23
"This amazingly and simple butter sauce in wonderful on all types of fish, but also works beautifully on shrimp and lobster." – Chef John
Bjarne's Norwegian Meatballs
Rating: 5 stars 1

Both of my parents are Norwegian. Growing up, my mom used to make these meatballs. Later in life, my dad took over the meal prep, and he became a great cook. My mom did a good job, but my dad perfected the recipe. I think of him every time I make them now.