Norway - Best traditional Norwegian dishes for food lovers!
Norway is a country in northern Europe with a long tradition and rich gastronomy. Enjoying the Norwegian specialities will make your journey of exploring this beautiful country more enjoyable. The food here is very diverse, from the mountains cuisine to the sea cuisine with a creative twist in the way of processing. Indeed, every region in Norway has its own culinary world. Now, let’s discover the best Norwegian traditional dishes!
1. Norwegian roasted salmon
Salmon is one of the most popular dishes both among Norwegians and abroad. Indeed, this fish is probably considered to be the best in the world. Every day, in about 150 countries around the world, 14 million dishes of Norwegian salmon are served. Salmon can be cooked in various ways such as boiled, steamed, grilled ... The most classic Norwegian dish is grilled salmon steak, crispy outside and soft inside. It can be served with cream sauce, mustard, yogurt, garlic or just a slice of lemon. Grilled salmon is considered as one of the most delicious specialities in Norway.
Every day, in about 150 countries around the world, 14 million dishes of Norwegian salmon are served.
Also, if you are traveling to Norway, do not miss the opportunity to try the traditional Norwegian fish soup. This is the perfect dish to try on its cool autumn evening. Made from fresh salmon with shrimp and other seafood, this soup is served with cream and has a very delicate and rich flavor.
This is a traditional dish that Norwegians eat before Christmas. In fact, Smalahove is a sheep's head, cooked in a special way. You probably will be frightened to death when you enjoy it for the first time. However, its taste is very special. The Smalahove should be eaten in a particular order. The ear and the eye are usually eaten first, as they are the most delicious parts, it tastes even better when it’s eaten hot. In Norway, it is said that the tongue and the eye are only for the most important people in the party.
The dishes made from fish or other seafood are an important part of Norwegian cuisine. Lutefisk is a dry fish pickled with vinegar and served with is served with potatoes, bacon, mustard or goat cheese. The most interesting thing is that locals catch these fish under the layer of frozen snow, then dry it and soak with vinegar. This dish is eaten especially when it is hot and most likely during Christmas time.
Cheese is a popular product in Norway. It is used with many other ingredients to create unique and delicious dishes. In Norway, there are two types of cheese very popular. In Norway are the most popular 2 types of cheeses. The first one is made from yogurt, so it is ivory white called gammelost cheese. The second one is made from goat’s milk. This cheese is more brownish with a little caramel flavor and it is called geitost. Cheese is also often eaten separately or with bread.
Bacalao is a dish made from a variety of ingredients such as dried cod, chilli, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and garlic. It has a spicy, salty and very flavorful taste. You will not forget its flavour once you taste it. Bacalao is simple but one of the most delicious dishes in Norway.
Pinnekjott it is a very special dish in Norway. Itis a main course meal consisting of lamb or mutton, usually served for dinner. Pinnekjøtt is a typical holiday dish from western and northern Norway and is rapidly gaining popularity in other regions. This dish is made from salted ribs, dried lamb and combined with sausage to create a steaming dish. It is rich in nutrients and very savoury. Pinnekjott is also eaten a lot during Christmas holidays.
7. King crab
The king cra is one of the famous dishes in Norway that you should not miss. Famous Norwegian crabs can reach 1.8 meters in length and have very tasty white meat. These crabs are served in the best Oslo restaurants at the same price as the Norwegian Lobster.
Farikal is a dish of lamb accompanied by cabbage and dried pepper, occasionally adding a little of wheat flour. This is a traditional dish and one of the most famous dishes in Norway to eat at the beginning of the autumn.
Bread is also a popular foodstuff indispensable in the daily meals of the norwegians. It is served for breakfast or for the afternoon tea. The Norwegian bread is a very fragrant with flat shape and very crispy shell. You can eat it with fresh milk, cheese, sweets and herbal teas.
Kransekake is a cake that is made for special occasions, such as weddings, New Year’s Eve or Christmas. The cake is usually composed of 18 layers, which are joined together by a cover of sugar, forming a pyramid shape. This is a sweet-tasting cake with a pleasant almond flavor and delicate texture.
Finnbiff is made from reindeer meat cut into pieces, fried and then baked with smoked meat, mushrooms and water. Finally, the meat is added to the mixture made of juniper berries, thyme, sour cream, milk and goat’s milk cheese.