Pyttipanna – Traditional Swedish Recipe

Pyttipanna is a classic dish from Sweden. It’s a dish made from diced potatoes, meat and onions. It’s traditionally served with fried eggs and pickled beets. Parsley is also common as a topping.

Here you have a recipe for a classic Swedish pyttipanna that you can cook for lunch or dinner. It’s a dish that is loved by both kids and adults!


Pyttipanna Recipe

Pyttipanna is not only a delicious dish but is also quite easy to make. It only takes about 30 minutes to cook this dish.

It's a classic in the Swedish cuisine that's just as popular among kids as adults. It can also be made vegetarian replacing the meat with vegetables, halloumi or meatless meat.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Food
Cuisine Sweden
Servings 2 portions


  • 400 grams 14 oz potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 250 grams 9 oz sausage of any kind (or mix sausage and beef)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley


  • Heat the oven to 200°C (390°F)
  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into small cubes (about 1x1 cm / 0,3 in)
  • Put the potato cubes in a colander and rinse with water. Let it drain.
  • Take out a frying pan and fry the potatoes a few minutes in butter and oil. Make sure to flip the potatoes and fry them evenly.
  • Put the potatoes in an oven dish and place in the oven
  • Peel and chop the onion. Fry a few minutes in butter and oil.
  • Take the oven dish out of the oven and add the fried onions to the potatoes. Put the pan back into the oven.
  • Cut the meat into cubes (approx. 1x1 cm / 0,3 in)
  • Fry the meat in the frying pan in butter and oil and add to the onions and potatoes in the oven.
  • Let it cook about 10 minutes until the potatoes are soft and cooked.
  • In the meantime, you can chop parsley and fry eggs if you want it as a topping.
  • Take the oven dish and taste with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with fried eggs and pickled beets.


Pyttipanna without potatoes
If you want to make pyttipanna without potatoes, you can replace the potatoes with root vegetables such as turnips, carrots, parsnips and celeriac, etc.
Vegetarian Pyttipanna
If you're a vegetarian, you can replace the meat with halloumi. Halloumi is delicious and gives some saltiness to the dish.
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More about Pyttipanna

Pyttipanna is a classic dish in Sweden that’s also popular in the other Nordic countries. In Denmark it’s called “biksmad”, however, the meat and potatoes are not diced. In Finland, pyttipanna is called “pyttipannu” and in Norway it is called “pytt i panne”.

There are various theories on how the dish got its name. Some believe that “pytt” means “small things” in Swedish, which would translate the dish into “small things in a pan”.

More versions of the classic pyttipanna recipe:

  • Pytt Bellman / Doppsko – Stewed pyttipanna
  • Biff Greta – The meat is seasoned with mustard
  • Biff Rydberg – Made from high quality meat and fried potatoes. Served with a raw egg yolk.
  • Kycklingpytt – Made with diced chicken
  • Laxpytt – Replacing the meat with salmon
  • Vegetarisk Pytt – The meat is replaced with diced halloumi, root vegetables, tofu or Quorn.
  • Trädgårdspytt – Made with diced root vegetables and potatoes. Spiced with rosemary and thyme.
  • Krögarpytt – Beef is used for this recipe and the dish is more finely chopped with smaller pieces.

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