Danish Breaded Pork

Serves 4

| Prep Time: 5 mins

| Cook Time: 10 mins

| Total Time: 20 mins

You may need: Dried Garlic Powder

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Over the holidays, we like to serve traditional and hearty dishes that remind us of family and warm the soul. This recipe for Danish Breaded Pork patties is adapted from a traditional dish called Karbonader (CAR-bone-ey-tha) in Danish that is typically served on country tables alongside carrots and peas. We've spiced up the traditional recipe with our proprietary spice blend we call Swedish Savory Sweet to make a fusion version, if you will. 

The Swedish Savory Sweet blend  combines warming notes from nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom with savory herb and a hint of white pepper. It's also perfect for sprinkling on baked pears, roasted veggies like squash or carrots, or even in muffins and pancakes. With just a few ingredients and ready in 20 minutes, this recipe is easy and satisfying for busy weeknights. Serve pork patties with pan roasted potatoes and a side salad. Also, try using Swedish Savory Sweet blend to make the Swedish meatball recipe on our website. 


  • 1 lb. Plain Ground Pork (unseasoned)

  • 1/2 medium yellow or white onion, diced (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp of Swedish Savory Sweet blend (less for a lighter spice flavor)

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp of added water

  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Making Danish breaded pork is an easy comfort food perfect for those cold winter weeknights. You can use other ground meats if desired, with great results.

Use real butter in the pan for the best flavor and crust on the patties. Or mix 50/50 butter and olive oil.

We prefer Japanese-style Panko breadcrumbs for the lightest, crunchiest crust. You can find Panko in just about any supermarket and online Amazon and Walmart. But feel free to use any breadcrumbs you have on hand, or even crushed pork rinds.

Optional ingredients add a little character and flavor but don't sweat it if you don't have them.


Combine ground pork, diced onion, and 1/2 to 1 tbsp of Swedish Savory Sweet spice (use 1/2 tbsp for a more subtle spice flavor or 1 tbsp for a more pronounced flavor). Season with salt & pepper to taste. Work the mixture with a spatula or your hands to combine mixture. Form 4-6 round burger-style patties with your hands.

Heat a non-stick pan on Med heat before you bread the pork patties. Next, in a shallow bowl, beat the egg and water. In a separate bowl, add Panko crumbs.

To bread the pork, gently dip each patty one-by-one in the egg mixture and flip to coat. Transfer to the bowl of panko crumbs. Flip the patty in the crumbs and, if necessary, use a spoon to thoroughly coat each patty with crumbs.

Add butter and olive oil to the pan. When the butter just melts and sizzles, add the patties to the pan in a single layer, work in batches if necessary. Cook for ~5 mins per side until the crust turns golden and each patty is cooked through.

Alternatives & Substitutions

  • Our Danish breaded pork recipe is based on a traditional Danish comfort food dish called Karbonader. However, if you don't eat pork, you can easily sub in ground beef, turkey, veal or even chicken or lamb.

  • For our Keto diet and gluten-free users, try grinding up pork rinds and using them to bread the patties in place of the bread crumbs.

  • Or, use the Swedish Savory Sweet blend to make our delicious spiced Swedish Meatballs or Swedish Meatloaf and Gravy recipes. 

  • Try 1 tbsp of Swedish Savory Sweet spice blend per 1 pounds of beef in a meatloaf like this recipe.

  • Vegetarians/Vegans: try the Swedish Savory Sweet spice blend in our Vegan Swedish "Meatballs" recipe for a plant-healthy version.

  • Try sprinkling 1-2 tsp of Swedish Savory Sweet in place of other spices on baked pears for a lovely spiced treat.

  • Swedish Savory Sweet spice blend also works great in soups and stews like this easy minestrone soup or vegetable beef soup. Use 1 tbsp in place of other spices called for in the recipe (except for herbs) and taste before adding more.

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