Stegt flæsk

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Stegt flæsk
Stegt flæsk.jpg
Place of originDenmark
Main ingredientsPotatoes, pork

Stegt flæsk (Danish: [ˈstekt ˈflesk]) is a dish from Denmark consisting of fried pork belly and generally served with potatoes and parsley sauce (persillesovs). The dish is sometimes translated as 'pork strips' or 'crisp fried pork slices'.[1][2] The pork belly or "breig" is used for stegt flæsk and the strips are cut about 1/4 inch thick.

In Danish cuisine[edit]

Stegt flæsk with potatoes in parsley sauce

Stegt flæsk is the national dish of Denmark[3] and one of the country's most popular foodstuffs and has been described as "a dish of pork fat, and only pork fat, in parsley sauce."[2] An "alternative guide to Denmark" from the British broadcaster BBC described stegt flæsk med persillesovs as fried slices of pork with fat served with parsley sauce and boiled potatoes.[4]

Stegt means 'fried' and flæsk means 'strips of pork belly'. It is lightly salted but not smoked. Stegt flæsk is included in The Art of Danish Cooking by Nika Standen Hazelton and Scandinavian Cooking by Elizabeth Craig where the dish is translated as "bacon with parsley sauce"[5][6] Flæsk is also translated as 'bacon' in older language guides.[7] The main difference between bacon and flæsk is that flæsk is never sold smoked, and often not salted either. By contrast, anything marketed as 'bacon' in Denmark invariably will be both smoked and salted.

The dish is especially popular at certain times of the year. Since the 2000s a tradition has emerged of eating stegt flæsk on election nights as a pun on the derogatory term valgflæsk (election pork) used to describe the lofty promises politicians make during their campaigns.[8] Stegt flæsk can also be served with apple compote.[9]

Pork is the most popular meat in Denmark and bacon and cuts of pork are used in many dishes in traditional Danish cuisine. Flæskesteg is roast pork with cracklings, usually served with rødkål red cabbage, gravy and boiled potatoes.[2] Flæskeæggekage consists of a large pan of scrambled eggs with stegt flæsk, chives, tomatoes and rugbrød ryebread on the side.[2] Leverpostej is a liver pate of pork liver, served both hot and cold in a variety of ways.[4] Stegt medister is a thick, metre-long, spiced, minced pork sausage with lard and chopped onion, pan fried and served in a variety of ways.[4] The BBC noted that whilst Danish food is not limited to just pork meat and pastries, "it would be fair to say they feature heavily in the diets of Denmark's citizens".[4] An instructional video for cooking stegt flæsk on a ceramic grill was featured on Japanese KamadoTV.[10]

In Danish culture[edit]

Jimi and René, a musical duo from Denmark, recorded a song on their Volume Four To Som Os album called "stegt flæsk med persillesovs".[11][12] Tobias Trier, a Danish singer-songwriter, has also sung about the dish.[13] KiMs, a leading Danish potato chips producer, even made a stegt flæsk flavoured potato chip (now discontinued).[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Branislava Vladisavljevic Lonely Planet Western Europe Phrasebook page 4 Lonely Planet Phrasebooks Edition: 4, illustrated Lonely Planet, 2007 ISBN 978-1-74104-059-3, 456 pages
  2. ^ a b c d Andrew Stone, Carolyn Bain, Michael Booth, Fran Parnell [1] page 49 and page 53 Denmark Edition: 5, illustrated 2008, Lonely Planet ISBN 978-1-74104-669-4, 364 pages
  3. ^ Lars Dahlager Politiken, 20 November 2014
  4. ^ a b c d "And for those who haven't had enough of old Porky Pig, the Danes also like stegt medister, a thick sausage with minced pig meat and fat, spices and chopped onion, fried on the frying pan. Figures for heart disease in Denmark were not available." The alternative guide to Denmark: Dish of the day What do we really know about the 16 nations taking part in Euro 2004? May 24, 2004 BBC Sport
  5. ^ Nika Standen Hazelton The Art of Danish Cooking Page 123 1964 Doubleday 240 pages
  6. ^ Elizabeth Craig Scandinavian cooking 1958 Deutsch/ Indiana University 351 pages
  7. ^ New Guide to Conversations in Danish and English 1882 246 pages
  8. ^ "Fried pork with parsley and potatoes is simply been the Danes' national law when they go to the polls." Fried pork is the preferred menu choice November 16, 2007 DR Nyheder / Penge translated Archived 2002-08-13 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Stegt flæsk with apple compote Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine January 19, 2007 Nordjyske
  10. ^ KamadoTV stegt flaesk video Archived 2016-04-16 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Jimi and René history
  12. ^ video recording
  13. ^ Dennis Drejer Trier-legacy is assured November 21, 2006 B.T.
  14. ^ Kim's stegt flæsk chips commercial (2007)
  15. ^ Current list of KiMs products