Swedish Baby Shrimp Toasts (Toast Skagen)

Toast Skagen is named after Skagenrör, a fishing port at the northern tip of Denmark. Toast Skagen is typically served as a starter at Swedish dinner parties.

In its essence, Toast Skagen is a basic shrimp salad on toast. Fresh small shrimp and fresh dill are bathed in a mayonnaise-sour cream sauce that sits atop a toasted piece of good bread. In Sweden, the bar is usually raised even higher with a small scoop of caviar or a small slice of gravlax.

Swedish Toast Skagen

Toast Skagen- Baby Shrimp on Toast

This as a tasty recipe that everyone will love and takes very little time and effort to make. Be sure to use fresh shrimp and dill, a good mayonnaise, and bread that will take to frying. Serve as an appetizer, smorrebrød or brunch.
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Course: Appetizer, Brunch
Cuisine: North Western European, Scandanavian, Sweden
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • large frying pan


  • 1 lb Baby shrimp, pre-cooked and shelled
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Sour cream
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice, cognac, or brandy
  • 2 tbsp Fresh dill, chopped (+4 sprigs for garnish)
  • tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 4 slices White sourdough toasting bread or rye bread
  • 1 Scallion, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Red onion, minced
  • Kosher salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 4 Lemon wedges


  • Shell the prawns and dry with paper towels. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, and brandy (or lemon juice) together. Add onion, scallion, cayenne, salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
    Ten minutes before serving, melt butter in a pan over medium-low heat. Fry bread slices until golden brown on both sides.
    To serve, mix chopped dill into bowl with the shrimp. Top each toast slice with ¼ of the shrimp mixture, a dill sprig, and lemon wedge.


Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 2mg

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