Traditional Christmas Recipes from Finland


Finnish cuisine is influenced by Russia in the east and Sweden in the west. There are a variety of dishes depending on the region. So, I think there are some differences in Christmas cuisine depending on the region.

My partner is from Oulu. Here I would like to introduce some of the Christmas dishes I have experienced in Northern Finland. I will add more as I go along, so don’t miss it!


Appetizers = Boxed Dishes


Graavilohi – Gravlax

Christmas Ham

Christmas ham = Joulukinkku, which is synonymous with Christmas. From around October, large Christmas hams are sold in the frozen section of supermarkets. It is customary to buy a frozen one and bake it slowly at home. They are served with mustard = sinappi.

Milk Porridge & Fruit Soup

Christmas Cake

Christmas Tarts

Christmas tarts = Joulutorttu are another classic Christmas dish. It is a simple pastry that can be made by cutting and shaping a store-bought pie crust, putting jam on it, and baking it. Plums are also the standard for this jam. Apricots and apples are also used.
Joulutorttu, Finnish Traditional Christmas Pastry
Christmas tarts filled with plum jam are a traditional dessert found in every Nordic country. In Finland, it is called Joulutoruttu.



All Finnish Christmas Recipes

Graavilohi Gravlax – Salted Salmon from Northern Europe, Finland
Plum Cake – Finnish Christmas Cake with Yoghurt, Egg-free
Finnish Date Cake Taatelikakku, Flavor of Coffee or Glögi
Glögi, Finnish Hot Wine for Christmas, Glühwein
Finnish Spice Cake – Gingerbread Spice Cake
Finnish Potato Salad with Diced Pickles and Apples
Finnish Traditional Christmas Gingerbread, Piparkakku
Carrot Casserole, Porkkanalaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food
How to Make Gingerbread Spice, for Baking and Latte
Finnish Mushroom Salad with Sour Cream, Sienisalaatti
Joulutorttu, Finnish Traditional Christmas Pastry
Gingerbread Canapé with Persimmon and Blue Cheese
Milk Porridge – A Traditional Finnish Christmas Dish
Fruit Soup – Finnish Traditonal Sweet Christmas Soup
Rutabaga Casserole, Lanttulaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food
Perunalaatikko, Potato Casserole, Finnish Christmas Food


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