DrygastDrygast, 2021-10-03

My version of pyttipanna


  • Servings2 Portions
  • AllergensMilk


  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time30 min

My version of pyttipanna (pytt i panna - small pieces in pan) is very simple, but also very good in my opinion. Pyttipanna is considered as Swedish home cooking and basically consists of diced potatoes, onions and meat that are fried in a frying pan. It is not uncommon for the ingredients to be leftovers from previous meals (Sunday roasts, for example). Common accessories are fried eggs and pickled beetroot.

So there it was - autumn was here, the beets were cheap so of course I felt like making pickled beets. At the same time as I started with the beets, I almost felt compelled to make a pyttipanna pan as I also had leftovers of a pork butt in the freezer. There are few things that fit so well together and here I think that Swedish home cooking hits the mark.

The dish is popular in Sweden (pytt i panna), Norway (pytt i panne), Finland (pyttipannu) and Denmark (biksemad). Frozen pyttipanna of many varieties can be bought in almost every Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish supermarket.

There are many variations on this dish and really it is only the imagination and available ingredients that set the limit. You can have lentils, beans, peppers, corn, zuccini, leeks, cheese, cabbage or whatever you think would suit. The choice of meat can be anything from spicy sausage to the leftovers of Sundays roast lamb. This recipe is just what I think is a good base for a pyttipanna and that actually includes some carrot.

Some variations
  • Replace the pork or parts of it with sausage, beef, meatballs, pork or quorn.
  • Add the creme fraiche towards the end of cooking for a creamy variation.
  • Add parsnips, mushrooms, celeriac, turnips, cauliflower, cabbage, lentils, corn, peppers, zucchini, leeks or beans.
  • Use pre-cooked potatoes, e.g. leftovers from the previous meal.
  • Add cream towards the end of cooking and bring to the boil ("gräddstuva").
  • You can also cook a pyttipanna in the oven - perfect if you need to make a larger amount.



Nutrition Facts*

 TotalServing100 g
Energy872.27 kcal436.14 kcal119 kcal
Carbohydrates74.69 g37.35 g10.19 g
Fat47.65 g23.82 g6.50 g
Protein42.88 g21.44 g5.85 g
Sugar13.27 g6.63 g1.81 g
Salt1.61 g0.81 g0.22 g

* The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using the ingredients available in the database. Info will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.


  1. Peel and dice potatoes and carrots
  2. Peel and chop the onion.
  3. Dice the meat.
  4. Fry potatoes and carrots in the butter for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Fry the onion together with the potatoes and carrot for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove potatoes, carrots and onions from the pan and save on the side.
  7. Brown the meat on high heat in the same pan for a few minutes so it gets color all around.
  8. Put the vegetables back in the pan with the meat and heat up.
  9. Season with salt, pepper and thyme.
  10. Serve with fried egg and pickled beetroot. Some choose to have ketchup or HP sauce on which I guess works as well
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley.