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Toast Skagen (Shrimp Salad on Rye Toast)

Toast Skagen in Sweden is an appetizer that means PARTY. The sprig of dill on the top serves as a fanfare. This recipe can be in advance as the rye bread won't get soggy from the topping.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Swedish
Author adapted from Chef James Carpenter


  • 2 1/2 cups medium shrimp cooked
  • 1/2 cup shallots chopped
  • 1/2 cup pickled cucumbers medium dice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Rye bread sliced, toasted and cut into small squares
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons white fish roe or any type of caviar
  • Pinch sea salt


  1. In a bowl, mix together shrimp, shallots, pickled cucumbers, crème fraiche, dill, salt, and pepper.
  2. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  3. Cover the rye toast with a healthy portion of shrimp salad, and top with chives, caviar, a sprig of dill and sea salt.

Recipe Notes

If you are short on time, buy rye cocktail bread for your Skagen.