Popular Swedish Easter Food

Easter in Sweden is a festive holiday when family and friends gather to celebrate in the spring. There are sweets galore, and children even have a tradition that’s a little like trick or treating, but there’s also plenty of delicious food. From herring to pastries, there’s are many different foods traditionally eaten at a Swedish Easter celebration.

Sweets are central to a Swedish Easter celebration, with children eating candy all day. Some Easter celebrations also include a lovely Princess Cake. This delightful dessert is made by layering sponge cake with custard or cream and raspberry jam, then covering the whole thing with bright spring green marzipan, perfect for the Easter season. Of course, as much as the Swedish people love pastries, the presence of cinnamon buns and other treats is probably also a given.

A smörgåsbord is perhaps the most popular way to serve the traditional Easter brunch. This buffet spread contains different types of pickled herring, cured salmon, and a creamy casserole called Jansson’s Temptation, which contains potato, onion, and pickled anchovies. Other popular smörgåsbord dishes include Silltårta, a savory herring cake, and Toast Skagen, which is toast topped with prawns and roe, among other things. On Easter, there are sure to be eggs on the table as well, along with crisp bread, cold meats, and cheese.  For dinner, it’s more of a sit-down affair, with families dining on roast lamb and a suitable side dish, often potato gratin or asparagus.


Svenhard’s Swedish Bakery can bring the flavor of Sweden to you. We proudly offer delicious bear claws, cinnamon rolls, cheese horns, and much more, available to purchase online and ship directly to your home. If you’d rather shop for pastries in person, you can do that, too! Just visit our website, or call 559-838-3282 to find a location near you and learn more about the quality that’s made Svenhard’s a popular choice for over a century.

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