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Gubbröra Recipe

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Full of savory goodness, this Swedish gubbröra recipe is a super satisfying appetizer and snack made of a creamy mix of finely chopped eggs, anchovies, potatoes, dill and caviar.

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Translated literally, this is called old man’s mix.

And, if “what the old man does is always right” as the saying goes in a short story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, then it’s no coincidence that gubbröra is also always right!

And while we’re on the topic, this gubbrora recipe reminds me a little of Jansson from another popular Swedish recipe Jansson’s temptation frestelse.

Whom I imagine would have also loved this recipe as well, with the same ingredients – anchovies, potatoes, onions and cream.

And after making this so many times, what’s not to love?

But remember,

it’s not to be confused with IKEA Gubbröra,

a colorful silicone spatula.

After pondering why the famous IKEA spatula is called Gubbröra, it makes sense that when making this gubbröra recipe, you’ll want to make sure you can scoop up every last bit out of the bowl!

At least that’s our theory.

And once you taste Swedish gubbröra, you’ll understand the reason for its namesake spatula first hand.

Because you won’t want to miss out on even a tiny amount of this delicious mix!

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Ingredients in Gubbröra Recipe

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  • Anchovies — Swedish anchovies, you can substitute other anchovies, though the flavor profile may change, it will still be delicious. You can also sub pickled herring matjesill.
  • Eggs — hard cooked, try this easy Instant Pot hard boiled eggs recipe
  • Potatoes — we used leftovers from Instant Pot mini dill potatoes (dillpotatis)
  • Onion — finely diced red, white or yellow onion.
  • Labneh — this is a substitute for cream that we love to use to reduce the calories and fat in recipes. You can always use creme fraiche if you prefer.
  • Dill — fresh dill, chopped fine.
  • Caviar — optional, can mix in some fish roe, or use a fish roe substitute such as IKEA seaweed pearls as we have done here.
  • Hot Sauce — optional, we like to add in a bit of Frank’s Red Hot, you can use your favorite hot sauce for a little kick!
  • Crisp Bread — known as knäckebröd in Sweden, or you can enjoy gubbrora on top of a pan fried buttered bread as in toast Skagen shrimp toast.

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How To Make Gubbröra Recipe

This is a perfect recipe to prepare when you have leftover hard boiled eggs and leftover cooked potatoes. Hopefully, you’ll also happen to have anchovies and dill and perhaps, if you’re really lucky, some caviar or seaweed pearls.

But don’t worry if you don’t have any leftover eggs or potatoes, it’s super easy to make some. We like to cook ours in the Instant Pot for perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs and mini dill potatoes.

These Instant Pot recipes don’t take long and couldn’t be any easier. Alternatively, you can boil eggs and potatoes using the stove top method.

Plus, it’s a forgiving recipe and you don’t need to have all of the ingredients. You can make it without potatoes as a lot of recipes do.

But we have included them because we prefer our gubbrora with potatoes.

You can mash the eggs with a fork or use this easy hack to create similar sized pieces. Use an egg slicer to cut once and then turn the egg and slice again.

gubbröra recipe egg slice

We just love how easy it is to dice the egg with the slicer instead of using a fork. You can also use the egg slicer to dice the mini potatoes as well!

You’ll also need to finely chop your anchovies and dill. Add all of the mix ingredients to a bowl, thoroughly combine and place on top of crispbread.

What To Serve With Gubbröra Recipe

This gubbröra pairs nicely with smoked salmon gravlax salad as well as any of the Swedish sandwiches (see list below).

It would also be delicious as one layer in a seafood smörgåstårta.

Preparation and Storage Tips

It’s always a good idea to prepare the mix ahead if time permits. Keep it in the fridge so you can make a quick crispbread cracker snack any time you wish.

This is a great recipe to use up leftovers in your fridge. When you have leftover potatoes and hard boiled eggs, this is a perfect recipe to enjoy those.

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Another super savory topping for pan fried buttered bread, toast Skagen Swedish shrimp toast is a perfect choice for a memorable brunch or special occasion.

The creamy mix of flavorful cold water shrimp, with fresh dill, lemon and caviar shining through, is quite a treat!

toast skagen swedish shrimp toast presentation

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Gubbröra Recipe

Susan & Björn
A unique blend of flavors from a creamy mix of eggs, anchovies, potatoes, caviar and dill, come together perfectly in this super savory appetizer and snack. Serve on top of crispbread or pan fried buttered toast.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Swedish
Calories 167 kcal
Fiber 2 g
Carbohydrates 13 g


  • 4 New Potatoes , cooked, cooled, about half a cup, diced
  • 4 Eggs, hard boiled, chopped small
  • ¼ Cup Red Onion, diced fine
  • 4.4 ounces Anchovies, 1 tin, Swedish style, drained
  • Cup Dill, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Caviar, optional, can sub seaweed pearls for fish roe
  • ½ teaspoon Hot Sauce, Frank's Red hot
  • ¼ Cup Greek Yogurt, or Labneh
  • 4 Slices Crispbread

Optional Garnishes

  • 2 teaspoons Caviar, sub seaweed pearls
  • sprig Dill


  • Finely dice onions, eggs, potatoes and anchovy fillets. Place in a medium bowl as well as all of the remaining ingredients (dill, caviar, labneh or Greek yogurt and hot sauce).
    gubbröra recipe step 1
  • Combine thoroughly. Place a generous amount on each crisp bread cracker.
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Calories: 167kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 11g Protein: 14g Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.02g Cholesterol: 203mg Sodium: 2534mg Potassium: 374mg Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 605IU Vitamin C: 15mg Calcium: 74mg Iron: 2mg


The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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