Sep 11, 2015

Syltede Agurker (Danish Cucumber Salad)

When we went to Copenhagen awhile back, we were invited to my Danish family’s home for dinner. They served traditional Danish fare, boiled chicken, potatoes, syltede agurker, and other goodies. The syltede agurker (picked cucumbers/Danish cucumber salad) was my favorite. They gave me their recipe and after quite some time I finally attempted to make it. It tasted perfect, just like I remembered, but I made a few changes to make it less sweet and quicker to make.

I make it once every couple of weeks, and we enjoy it on sandwiches, as a small side, or with any other pickle-friendly food. When my cousins came to visit not too long ago, they confirmed the taste was spot on. I’ve included my recipe below in case you’d like to try.


1 English Cucumber
1/3C Water
1/3C Apple Cider Vinegar
1T Sugar
2T Fresh Dill
1t Salt
1t Pepper

Evenly slice cucumber into thin slices and place in a non-reactive container (I use a 17oz Ikea Korken).
Add dry ingredients; sugar, salt, pepper, and dill.
Add wet ingredients; apple cider vinegar and water
Close lid and shake well.
Place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Serve as a side dish, or as a topping. In Denmark we had it on our hot dogs (rød pølse). We love to make this without the sugar to use them in place of standard pickles.

How to make Syltede Agurker (Danish Cucumber Salad)

Now, if only I could get a rød pølse and some remoulade to go along with it, I’d be in heaven!

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This looks delicious and refreshing!!

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This is such a quick and easy recipe to make! Being a vegetarian, I am always on the lookout for new recipes. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to give this a try! xx
Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

My husband is Danish, and this is a favourite here, especially on hotdogs! I do a few things differently to you – I slice the cucumbers with the food processor, as it gets it nice and thin. And I usually have sugar syrup in the fridge for cocktails, so I mix that with the vinegar to speed things up! We’re very lucky to have a small European food importer nearby, so we can get remoulade and crispy onions! Yum!

Great idea! And I’m so jealous that you can get those items. I heard there is a store about an hour away from me where I can maybe get some rød pølse but I’m not sure. ????

I am excited to try this recipe, Jessica! My youngest son loves cucumbers 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

Yay! I hope he likes it. 🙂

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