Norwegian Open Face Shrimp Sandwich


Norwegian Open Face Shrimp Sandwich


In Sweden they call it Räksmörgås, in Danmark it’s Rejesmørrebrød and in Norway we say Rekesmørbrød.

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How to prepare and eat a Shrimp sandwich

Rekesmørbrød is a Scandinavian classic, and let me tell you how we do it in Norway.

First of all, this is a very seasonal thing to eat. For Norwegians it’s a treat for warm summer days out in the sun. Being at a cabin, on a boat out on the sea, or sitting by the shore with family or friends.

The key is to keep it simple. The only thing you need to buy is:

  • Shrimp (500 grams per person). Try and get the ones that are not peeled, but already boiled in salty water.

  • White bread (yep, no dark bread/rye bread…. that would be how the danes do it)

  • Dill

  • Lemon

  • Butter

  • Mayonnaise


The Shrimp

Good shrimp is of course important, and the best ones (at least in Norway) are the ones that are not peeled. Depending on the price I buy either fresh ones or frozen ones. To be honest it can be hard to tell the difference. Btw. did you know I can peel a shrimp in 4 seconds? I grew up peeling shrimp, and have become really good at it.. lol

So peel enough shrimp for one loaf of bread. You want a real stack of shrimp. Put some butter on the bread, even out the shrimp and then some mayonnaise on top. Over that I add some dill (Scandinavians love dill), and then sprinkle with some lemon juice. That’s it!

I like drinking my rekesmørbrød with a cold beer or white wine. Bubbly water is also really good.

Skål & I wish you a good summer! God sommer!




Your friend in Norway,


Pål of Norway With Pål

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  1. Karen I Ford on June 25, 2023 at 2:28 am

    There is a restaurant in Edmonds, WA (not far from Rick Steve’s office on 3rd St) that serves a shrimp salad in a fresh garden tomato. The salad is really simple — mayonnaise thinned with a bit of cream, lots of fresh dill, salt, pepper to taste, and lots of baby shrimp!! You have to make reservations for this lunch!!!

    • norwaywithpal on June 30, 2023 at 8:34 am

      I’ll have to try that one out next time I’m in Edmonds! Thank you Karen 🙂

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