Danish Food

Danish food refers to the collection of dishes and drinks consumed in Denmark. Danish Food usually employs ingredients easily found in the cool and humid climate of Denmark, like rye, barley, beetroot, potatoes, and a range of dairy products. It has many common elements also found in Eastern and Central European cuisine, due to similarity found the climates here. Danish Food also shows various foreign influences due to the foreign settlers who came here.



Ingredients Commonly Used in Danish Cuisine


Traditional Danish recipes suggest the use of locally produced ingredients like dairy products, seafood, pork, cereals, onions, carrots, potatoes, and fruits like plums and apples. Most of the ingredients are suited to the cool climate of Denmark. Modern Danish food consists of light dishes and fresh vegetables are most commonly used.


Danish Fusion Cuisine


Danish Food shows quite a lot of influence from foreign cuisines, in spite of the fact that Danish people are quite conservative about their recipes and food habits.  Here are some of the significant examples of foreign influence-

French culture and cuisine has had a great impact in Denmark, especially amongst the upper classes, as a leader in terms of lifestyle. 

German influence is also prominent in Danish recipes, because Northern Germany was once under Danish rule, and the two countries have a good percentage of people from across the borders. 


Immigrant population in Denmark, which is growing in size and mostly coming from Turkey, Pakistan, Thailand, China and Africa, has brought with it its own influence. Products used by the respective populations are now available in Danish stores and being marketed aggressively in Denmark.


American culture and food has also had an impact in Denmark. American fast food is becoming quite popular here, and so is Italian and Mexican fast food.



Danish Cuisine Food Habits and Etiquette


Danish are liberal in terms of their social values, but quite conservative about their food. They appreciate traditional Danish recipes and are not so open to new kinds of foods. Modern Danish recipes are now evolving, which are more focused on light food with use of fresh vegetables. 

Eating Danish food in restaurants is a costly affair in Denmark because of the government taxes and high salaries paid to Danish staff. A less costly option for many is fast food, or eating in a café that traditionally serves coffee along with items like pastries, sandwiches, salads, etc.

Danish Food Blogs

Danish Menu

Danish Menu On : 17-Jul-2011 By : Sudipa

Danish cuisine is a culinary tradition of Denmark, famous for its unique dishes and friendly hospitality. Danish menu has many dishes, featuring ingredients that are grown locally in the cool and wet Danish environment. Potatoes, beetroot, rye,...

5 Weirdest Danish Snacks

5 Weirdest Danish Snacks On : 02-Jan-2012 By : nithya

I have always felt that the open-faced sandwiches are classic representatives of  rich Danish snacks. A Danish menu along with hosting some classic dishes has its own array of creepy ones – creepy in terms of names as well as ingredients. Catch a brief...

Danish Kitchen Essentials

Danish Kitchen Essentials On : 31-Aug-2011 By : emilyvyomahallaway

  A Danish kitchen needs to be well equipped with some very basic  as well as a few specialized tools to come up with Danish specialties. Read through to know more about the tools that are must haves in your list of Danish kitchen essentials...

Fortified Health Products Withdrawn By Danish Authorities

Fortified Health Products Withdrawn By Danish Authorities On : 20-Jun-2011 By : thot4food

Shops selling food products fortified with minerals and vitamins will require the approval of the Danish government from now on. Ms. Orum, the proprietor of a shop stocking such products, was one of the first victims of this regulation. This...