Traditional Danish meatballs

Today I’m going to share a very traditional Danish dish with you – The Danish meatballs, or as it is known in Denmark: Frikadeller. This is a favorite of a lot of Danes, especially kids, but it is also very easy to make, so it’s perfect for a busy weekday dinner. These meatballs can be eaten with potatoes, pasta or rice and whatever kind of vegatble you like. In Denmark a lot of people also eat gravy or ketchup with this dish.  

This is the kind of dish where there are as many different recipes as there are families and so this is just my family’s version of this. Also if the fact that this is a meatball had you thinking about the Swedish ones you can have in Ikea – frikadeller is not that! And I promise that I’m just saying this because I am Danish and we kind of have to hate the Swedes, there really is a difference 😀 

Want to also learn some easy and useful Danish words? Check out my post about 10 Danish words you need to know.

frikadeller
Photo source: Coop.dk

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg (2 pounds) of minced meat
    • I write meat because you can make this with:
      • Pork
      • Beef
      • Beef and pork mixed 50/50 ⇒ 500 g (1 pound) of each
      • Chicken
  • 1 big onion
    • This can be left out, and if you make the frikadeller 100% beef I probably would
  • 1 egg
  • 2 dl (6.5 ounces) milk
  • 2 dl (1 cup) of flour 
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper

Directions:

  • Chop the onion 
  • Mix all the ingredients 
  • Shape the meatballs
    • I always use a spoon that I dip in lukewarm water, take a scoop and shape it with my hand
  • Cook the meatballs 
    • This can be done in one of 2 ways:
      • Cook the meatballs on a pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side
      • Cook the meatballs in the oven for 20 minutes at 200ºC (390ºF).
  • Enjoy! 

I hope you like this Danish dish 🙂 

Lots of love, Anne 

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