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Toast Skagen Swedish Shrimp Toast

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This irresistible toast Skagen Swedish shrimp toast is a classic cafe style open faced sandwich that you will love to enjoy as an appetizer or light meal.

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Seafood lovers will appreciate the delectable cold water shrimp in this creamy sandwich mix. Fresh flavors of dill, lemon and caviar shine through and add to this sensation!

Swedish Toast Skagen is traditionally made with creme fraiche. We love the taste of cream and crème fraîche, but to go a little easier on calories, we have substituted labneh and sour cream for those.

If you prefer crème fraîche, you can use that instead. We love the creaminess of the labneh yogurt cheese and use it mostly out of habit since we have noticed that it does the job of replacing cream so well.

During our last trip to IKEA, we weren’t able to find the caviar that they usually carry, but rather some sjörapport seaweed pearls IKEA style that we have substituted for caviar.

We were eager to try them as it was our first time tasting IKEA seaweed pearls. And the taste? The taste is a mix of Japanese sushi seaweed salad (Wakame) and regular caviar.

We have incorporated the red seaweed pearls in this recipe although you might be able to find some IKEA black seaweed pearls also.

They are an excellent caviar substitute (also called fish roe substitute), with a delicate flavor, as well as bright color that further livens up the dish. Not to mention, it is sustainable product and has many benefits.

This is our take on an IKEA copycat toast Skagen recipe, that we had tried at an IKEA in Gothenburg, Sweden (Göteborg) years ago.

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Ingredients in Toast Skagen Swedish Shrimp Toast

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  • Shrimp — Use cold water shrimp in this toast Skagen recipe. You can find cold water shrimp in IKEA’s supermarket as well as in the frozen seafood section in well stocked grocery stores.
  • Bread — You can make this with regular or low carb and gluten free bread such as Carbonaut bread.
  • Butter — some butter to melt in a pan to fry your bread in, to be the base layer of toast for the sandwich.
  • Labneh — a thick Turkish yogurt cheese similar in flavor and texture to cream cheese, that is a good substitute for cream.
  • Sour Cream — we add a little sour cream to thin the labneh a bit. You could use dahi, an Indian style plain yogurt curd with a tang, instead of sour cream, with great results. We usually prefer dahi but we don’t always have it on hand.
  • Dill — fresh dill, to chop finely.
  • Hot Sauce — optional, you can add a dash of your favorite hot sauce. We like Frank’s Red Hot, to give it a little zing.
  • Caviar — optional, we have substituted red seaweed pearls that we purchased from IKEA supermarket. You can also use IKEA black seaweed pearls as a fish roe substitute.
  • Lemon — freshly squeezed, for the best flavor.
  • Pepper — freshly ground black pepper.
  • Salt — we like to use Himalayan pink salt.

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How To Make Toast Skagen Swedish Shrimp Toast

To make Toast Skagen, there are a couple of easy steps to follow:

STEP 1: Make the shrimp salad mix (Skagenröra)

This is simple. Just place all of the ingredients except bread and butter in a medium sized bowl. Mix well.

STEP 2: Pan fry the Bread Slices

Melt butter in a fry pan on the stove top. Add bread slice(s) and pan fry until golden. Keep an eye on the bread so it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat.

STEP 3: Assemble the Toast Skagen Swedish Shrimp Toast

Transfer each bread slice to an individual plate. Top with a portion of the skagenrora shrimp mix. Optionally, you can garnish with fresh dill sprigs and caviar (or seaweed pearls).

What To Serve With Toast Skagen Swedish Shrimp Toast

We love toast Skagen and similar shrimp sandwich recipes, with salmon when we are at IKEA or homemade with this Smoked salmon gravlax salad recipe.

It is Swedish cafe (konditori) style and you can find these sandwiches everywhere in Sweden, in restaurants and prepared in grocery stores.

It’s also a perfect choice for your most special occasions. Include toast Skagen for memorable brunches, holidays and as part of a New Year’s menu (Nyårsmeny).

The best use for leftover Skagenröra, in our opinion, is in this fusion sushi roll, shrimp sushi roll uramaki, inspired by Toast Skagen.

shrimp sushi roll uramaki presentation

Just prepare a batch of Foolproof Instant Pot Sushi Rice, that makes enough for eight rolls, and prepare more easy homemade sushi (three rolls with IKEA gravlax, and the others conveniently made with canned seafood).

Whip up a quick batch of spicy sriracha sushi dipping sauce without mayo and an amazing homemade sushi dinner is served!

Preparation and Storage Tips

You can save time by preparing the creamy shrimp mix (skagenröra) ahead and keeping it covered in the refrigerator until it’s needed.

Then, when you’re ready to enjoy toast Skagen as an appetizer (cut the bread diagonally for triangles) or as a meal, all you will need to do is pan fry your bread and top with shrimp mix.

It will be easier to assemble when the skagenröra is already made.

You can keep it the fridge for a few days, but for the best flavor, and believe me you won’t have trouble abiding by this, enjoy it within a day or two.

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toast skagen swedish shrimp toast recipe

Toast Skagen Swedish Shrimp Toast

Susan & Björn
An ultimate creamy blend of cold water shrimp with accents from fresh lemon, caviar and dill is the perfect savory topping for buttered toast. Easy to make and an elegant choice for special brunches and occasions like New Year's.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Swedish
Calories 220 kcal
Fiber 4 g
Carbohydrates 11 g


For the Creamy Shrimp Mix (Skagenrora)

  • 12 ounces Cold Water Shrimp, one package thawed, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ Cup Labneh
  • ¼ Cup Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • ½ teaspoon Hot Sauce, Frank's or similar
  • 1 tablespoon Caviar, fish roe, optional or sub seaweed pearls
  • ½ teaspoon Salt, Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper, freshly ground black pepper

For the Toast and Garnishes

  • 4 Slices Carbonaut Bread, or bread of choice
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 4 Sprigs Dill , optional garnish
  • 4 Slices Lemon , optional garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Caviar, optional garnish


Prepare the Creamy Shrimp Mix (Skagenrora)

  • Thaw a package of cold water shrimp, rinse and drain well. Place the cold water shrimp in a medium sized bowl.
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  • Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl with shrimp.
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  • Mix well. Cover with cling wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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Make the Toast

  • Melt butter in fry pan on the stove top. Place bread slices in the pan.
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  • Fry a few minutes on each side until golden, taking care to ensure they don't burn. Once they are golden, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
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Assemble the Toast Skagen Swedish Shrimp Toast

  • Transfer each toast slice to individual plates. Top the toast with a portion of the creamy shrimp mix (skagenrora). Optionally, garnish with dill sprigs, lemon slices and caviar or seaweed pearls.


Calories: 220kcal Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 7g Protein: 21g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 4g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 206mg Sodium: 1162mg Potassium: 199mg Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 692IU Vitamin C: 10mg Calcium: 119mg 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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