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How to make Swedish shellfish on rye bread

How to make Swedish shellfish on rye bread
Shellfish on rye bread. Photo: John Duxbury
This attractive party appetiser is yummy at any time of year, but is a perfect easy treat if you're hosting guests during the summer. John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local.


6 tbsp mayonnaise
6 tbsp crème fraîche
1 tbsp freshly chopped dill
1 lemon, juice and zest
250g (8 oz) shell fish, peeled 
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
2-4 slices of lightly buttered rye bread
1 tbsp chives, finely chopped
2 lemon slices cut into 16 small wedges

This dish is a perfect dinner party starter. Photo: Suzanne Walström/Image Bank Sweden


1. Mix the mayonnaise, crème fraîche, dill and lemon zest

2. Roughly chop the shell fish, but leave a few larger pieces

3. Gradually add the mayonnaise until you have a nice consistency (you might not need it all)

4. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste

5. When ready to serve, trim the crusts from the bread and cut the bread into 16 small pieces

6. Pile the mixture onto the bread pieces and garnish with chopped chives and small pieces of lemon


–  This dish can be made with any combination of shellfish such as prawns (shrimps), crayfish, crab or lobster

– The mixture can be prepared in advance, but it is best if you leave finishing it off for as long as possible so that the bread doesn’t become soggy

–  If possible, allow the shellfish to drain on paper towels, otherwise the filling can end up too thin

This recipe was originally published on food writer John Duxbury's Swedish Food website