Frikadeller – Danish meatballs

Frikadeller, or Danish meatballs, is probably one of the most traditional Danish dishes. Everybody likes frikadeller, both kids and adults, and most danish families probably eat them regularly. If you want to try out the delicious Danish meatballs, read along here and get our recipe.

frikadeller or danish meatballs on frying pan

A family favorite

Yeah! Frikadeller for dinner.

This is in our opinion the danish national dish no. 2. Right after “Stegt flæsk med persillesovs” of course.

We love frikadeller and they are so easy to make, so no excuses! My mom’s traditional frikadeller are just the best! Most danish people probably feel that way. All the good memories about good times and “hygge” with the family.

Our mothers or grandmothers frikadeller is something most of us remember from our childhood.

Luckily it is not so hard to make frikadeller or Danish meatballs yourself. It is a good idea to make a tasting-frikadelle, to test and see if you added enough salt before you cook them all. Or maybe two just to be completely sure 😉

frikadeller or danish meatballs on frying pan

Tips and tricks for the best Frikadeller

  • Use lots of onion in the meatballs, it gives the right taste.
  • Just make a double portion – they are good to have in the freezer for a quick dinner.
  • Save the left overs, they are also good cold the next day for lunch.
  • You can save the meatballs for a couple of days in the fridge. They can also be saved for longer time in the freezer in plastic boxes or bags.


  • Serve danish meatballs traditionally with gravy and potatoes
  • Stewed potatoes or stewed cabbage
  • In a burger with red cabbage
  • A piece of rye bread (rugbrød)

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Recipe for Danish Frikadeller

Here is our recipe for delicious Danish frikadeller with oatmeal. Oatmeal gives the right texture to the meatballs, just as we like them. These meatballs are also gluten-free, so everybody can have a taste.

They are good as everyday food, in the lunch box, for Danish Christmas lunch, or as an easy meal, you can store in the freezer for the days where you just don’t want to cook.

frikadeller or danish meatballs on frying pan

Frikadeller – Danish meatballs

Recipe for frikadeller – Danish meatballs
Frikadeller is Danish meatballs, and probably one of the most traditional Danish dinner recipes. You can serve frikadeller with potatoes and gravy, baked root vegetables, a salad or the sides you like the best.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner
Cuisine Danish
Servings 6 people
Calories 603 kcal


  • 1 kg minced pork or a mix of minced pork and minced veal
  • 3 onion grated
  • 2 dl oatmeal
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 dl milk
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Butter for cooking
  • Olive oil for cooking


  • All ingrediens for the meatballs (all except butter and oil) is mixed in a bowl.
  • The meatballs are shapes in the desired size and fried in a pan on middle heat in a mix of oil and butter for approx. 10-12 minuts. Turn them over when half of the time is up.
  • They should be nicely brown but not burned.
  • Serve with boiled potatoes and stewed cabbage or on a piece of rye bread.


Calories: 603kcal
Keyword Danish Christmas food, Danish dinner, fricadela, frikadeller recipe, Traditional danish food, what is frikadeller
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