Æbleflæsk Recipe

Æbleflæsk which directly translated means Apple Pork is a traditional Danish Christmas recipe. It consists of three wonderful ingredients: Apples, Pork, and Onions. It might not look that delicious, but it certainly tastes delicious. Here you get the traditional recipe for æbleflæsk – apple pork.

æbleflæsk recipe apple pork

Recipe for old-fashioned æbleflæsk with onions or without

If you choose to serve the onions on the side instead of getting them in the dish, you start by cooking the lightly pickled onions. They do not have to cook for long, but they get better and better the longer they are allowed to do so.
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people


  • 14 slices of pork – preferably smoked
  • 7 slightly sour apples
  • 2 large onions if you prefer Red onion
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • apple cider vinegar


Pickled onion rings if you want them on the side

  • Peel the onions, and cut them into thin, thin rings, and place them tightly together in a small bowl.
  • Season apple cider vinegar with sugar, salt and pepper. There must be so much vinegar that it covers the onion rings.
  • Let the onion rings soak until they are to be served.

Then the apple pork – æbleflæsk

  • If you have not already made pickled onion rings to serve on the side – then cut onions into slices, and apples into boats.
  • Place the bacon on a cold pan, and turn up the heat high.
  • Turn the bacon over when it is browned.
  • Turn down the heat a little when the bacon is browned on both sides, and finish frying the bacon – turn a few times along the way – it should be crispy and crunchy.
  • Take the bacon off the pan, place it on greaseproof paper, and sprinkle it with salt.
  • Pour the fat off the pan – if there is a lot of it – but leave a little.
  • Now you add apples – and possibly onion – in the pan, and fry over even heat until the apples begin to collapse.
  • Season with sugar, salt and pepper.

Æbleflæsk is traditionally served as part of Christmas lunch. Christmas lunch or julefrokost is one of the most important Christmas traditions in Denmark. Other danish Christmas recipes are risengrød, ris a la mande and pebernødder.

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