Norwegian Breakfast Foods


While the typical American may eat cereal, eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, those foods are not ascommon on the Norwegian breakfast table. In fact, Norwegians eat many foods Americans consider breakfast dishes, such as waffles or pancakes, for dessert. As a country reknowned for its fish and seafood, Norwegians do not hesitate to incorporate ocean life into their morning meal, along with other breakfast foods that may seem odd to some Americans.

Fish and Meat

  • Many Norwegians start their day with an open-faced sandwich using different meats or fish. Smoked salmon is a frequent sight on a Norwegian breakfast table, as is mackerel in tomato sauce, sliced chicken or ham and different types of pates. Smoked salmon is also popular in omelets. Other varieties of smoked fish Norwegians enjoy include eel and whitefish. Pickled herring is also a popular treat. (Reference 1)

Coffee and Milk

  • In Norway, people often start their day with coffee and enjoy it throughout the day, though not at the dinner table. In Norwegian, coffee is called kaffe. It also is very common for Norwegians to drink milk with their breakfast.


  • In America, some people enjoy hash browns or fried potatoes in the morning. While fried potatoes are common in Norway, they are not often eaten for breakfast. Norwegians do like English cucumbers, sweet green or red peppers, pickled beets and sweet pickles with their morning meal.

Bread and Preserves

  • Syltetøy, or fruit jellies are often available at a Norwegian breakfast; a popular Norwegian fruit jelly is made from raspberries, sugar and red currants.
    Jams and jelly are accompanied by butter and multiple types of bread, including Norway's famous potato bread, lefse.


  • Bacon and eggs are a frequent breakfast choice in the United States, but not so common in Norway. Norwegians usually enjoy their fried bacon for dinner, and when they do eat an egg for breakfast, it is usually soft-boiled.


  • Norwegians enjoy cheese with their breakfast, both on bread and on its own. Jarlsberg is a common white cheese, as are gouda, Norwegia, Nøkkelost and Pultost. Brown cheese, or grunost, is also popular. It's a general name for a type of sweet cheese, which may be made from cow's or goat's milk.

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