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Sweden's Classic Toast Skagen


Skagen Toast

Skagen Toast, a classic developed by Swedish chef Tore Wretman

photo ©Kari Schoening Diehl, licensed on 12/31/2011 to About.com
Years before Scandinavian chefs met to define today's rising "New Nordic Cuisine," Swedish restaurateur Tore Wretman anticipated the importance of developing exciting recipes that showcased fresh local ingredients, promoted traditional Swedish recipes, and celebrated the Nordic terroir (a bit ironic, really, since Chef Wretman was also responsible for popularizing avocados in Sweden). First introduced in Wretman's Stockholm, Riche, in 1958, Toast Skagen is now served at many restaurants across the country. It's a recipe that lends itself to experimentation - try adding minced onion or grated horseradish to taste (some recipes even add a dash of chili sauce), or substitute baked potatoes or avocados for the fried toast points.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 6 slices of good bread, preferably homemade
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound cooked baby shrimp, peeled and chilled
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream or crème fraîche, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 6 ounces salmon roe or lumpfish roe
  • lemon slices and additional dill to garnish


Cut the crusts from the bread. Spread butter of both sides and fry the toast in a skillet over medium heat (or better yet, over a backyard grill) until toasted, flipping once. Remove from the pan and cut each piece in half diagonally.

Gently fold together the baby shrimp, mayonnaise, sour cream, and chopped dill; spoon the mixture on the toast points.

Top each toast with a teaspoon of salmon roe. Garnish with lemon slices and additional dill and serve.

Per Serving: Calories 183, Calories from Fat 76, Total Fat 8.4g 13%, Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%, Cholesterol 308mg 103%, Sodium 687mg 29%, Total Carbohydrates 8.4g 3%, Sugars 2.2g, Protein 20.6g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 8%, Iron 6%

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