Scandinavian Pickled Cucumbers

More than 1,000 years ago the Vikings were preserving fish (pre-refrigeration) with some combination of salt and vinegar. Modern-day Danes continue to do the same. Today, Pickling is still considered a cornerstone of traditional Danish food. From fish to cucumbers, people in Denmark pickle just about anything.

While visiting Copenhagen with my family we enjoyed the vast array of pickled items which typically accompanied both breakfast and lunch meals. Pickled herring, smoked salmon, pickled vegetables, as well as sweet and salty pickles themselves, were abundant at all daytime offerings. Pickled items of all sorts were also commonly served on (or with) traditional Smørrebrød, the Danes’ well-known (and often elaborate) open-faced sandwiches.Scandinavian pickled cucumbers

Other popular items were salted red beets, traditionally served with meat pâté, sweetly brined cucumbers, piled on top of the classic Danish “pølse (hot dog), and pickled red cabbage which was commonly served with sausage but also considered a requirement at Christmas Eve dinner. Although we ate and loved it all, my family fell particularly hard for the classic Danish pickle. Slightly salty, slightly sweet, and young enough to still contain the perfect crunch.
Scandinavian pickled cucumbers

I developed this recipe based on those amazing Danish pickles we had in Copenhagen. This is a quick pickle method, (similar to my quick jams) so not too time-consuming at all. Ready within 24 hours, these sweet(fish) pickles are best enjoyed within a week. Made with fresh farmstand cucumbers, these brined favorites will now be a staple in our household during the warm summer months.

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Scandinavian Pickled Cucumbers"

    1. Thank you. These are my favorite!!

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