A Danish delicacy

even your enemy eats well

The Swedes and Danes were fierce rivals for  eight hundred years, and the neighbouring countries were practically constantly at war, until the title of Great Enemy became the Russians at the end of the 18th century. These days the rivalry is mainly centered around sports and the Eurovision Song Contest. However, it’s a bit like sibling rivalry. We can beat on each other, but heaven help the outsider who beats our brother.

In my opinion the Danes have given the culinary world two great things; Smørrebrød (elaborately topped open top sanwiches) and Remoulade sauce. The latter is a mayonaise based condiment which goes extremely well with fried fish. The Danes also serve it together with thinly sliced cold roast beef.

It is however  difficult to separate the Swedish kitchen from the Danish. In fact, if we’re talking about a traditional culinary culture, Sweden is such a large country that the differences between the food in the north and that in the south, is far greater than those of southern Sweden and Denmark, or even northern Germany.

I got this recipe from my grandmother Anna’s books. She was born in the south, so at various points in history my ancestors were actually Danish.


Remoulad sauce

Remoulade sauce

In Sweden this condiment is generally used with fish, but in Denmark you may also find it served with thin slices of cold roast beef.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Swedish Traditional


  • 2 tbsp pickled cucumber finely chopped
  • 1 dl mayonnaise
  • 1 dl crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt to taste
  • white pepper to taste
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric powdered


  • Finely chop the pickled cucumber, or why not use Bostongurka.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Season with salt and white pepper.
  • Refridgerate for at least an hour prior to serving.


When I make this recipe I use my home made mayo and instead of chopping pickled cucumber I usually use thesame amount of Bostongurka. Recipes for bothare onthesite.
Keyword condiment

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