Danish Stegt Flæsk

Try this delectable Danish dish at home and, while you’re here, learn more about the nation’s World Cup history and hopes for this year’s tournament.

Denmark’s best result at a FIFA World Cup occurred in 1998 when the country narrowly lost 3-2 against Brazil in a quarter-final match. In the group stages in Russia, they’ll be playing against Peru, Australia and France for a chance to win the coveted title.

Traditional dishes in Denmark—like those of other Nordic countries—consist mainly of meat, fish and potatoes and are largely dictated by seasonality, stemming from the country’s agricultural past. Denmark’s ‘favourite food’ is Stegt Flæsk, fried pork with parsley sauce; this is usually served with potatoes.

Stegt Flæsk

Serves 4


16 pork belly slices

1 tsp salt

1kg potatoes, peeled

Parsley sauce


1. Sprinkle pork belly slices with a little salt a few hours before cooking to extract moisture.

2. Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Bring potatoes to a boil in lightly salted water, simmer until cooked.

3. Blot the pork slices dry, place them on an oven tray covered with baking paper and in the middle of the oven. Turn regularly. When the pork looks crisp, remove and place on absorbent paper. Serve with potatoes and parsley sauce.

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