Kalakukko, a traditional Finnish delicacy, is a savory pastry filled with fish, typically perch or salmon, and pork, all encased in a rye crust. Originating from the Finnish region of Savonia, this hearty dish is a beloved part of Finnish culinary heritage. The filling is seasoned with salt and pepper, then baked slowly to perfection, resulting in a rich and flavorful treat. Whether enjoyed as a snack, picnic food, or part of a festive meal, Kalakukko offers a taste of Finland's rustic charm and culinary ingenuity.


For the crust:

  • 3 cups rye flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup butter, diced

For the filling:

  • 1 lb (450g) boneless fish fillets (salmon, perch, or trout), cut into chunks
  • 1/2 lb (225g) pork belly or bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

2-In a large mixing bowl, combine the rye flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. Add the diced butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3- Gradually add cold water, a little at a time, mixing until the dough comes together. You may not need to use all the water. The dough should be firm and not too sticky.

4- Divide the dough into two portions - one slightly larger than the other. Roll out the larger portion to fit the bottom and sides of a greased baking dish, leaving some dough overhanging.

5- Layer the diced pork belly or bacon, chopped onion, and fish fillets on top of the dough in the baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.

6- Roll out the remaining dough to fit the top of the pie. Place it over the filling and crimp the edges to seal the pie.

7- Make a few small slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking.

8- Bake the Kalakukko in the preheated oven for about 2 hours, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is cooked through.

9- Once baked, allow the Kalakukko to cool slightly before slicing and serving. It can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

Kalakukko is traditionally served with lingonberry jam on the side. Enjoy this delicious Finnish delicacy as a hearty meal or a snack for any occasion!

Nutritional Values:

For the crust:

3 cups rye flour:

  • Calories: 1350 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 294g
  • Fat: 6g

benefits: Rye flour is a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It provides complex carbohydrates that can help regulate blood sugar levels and promote digestive health.

1 cup all-purpose flour:

  • Calories: 455 kcal
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 95g
  • Fat: 1g
  • 1/2 cup butter:Calories: 814 kcal
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fat: 92g

benefits All-purpose flour provides carbohydrates and a small amount of protein. It serves as a binding agent in the dough.

For the filling:

1 lb (450g) boneless fish fillets (salmon, perch, or trout):

  • Calories: 587 kcal
  • Protein: 94g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fat: 21g

benefits: Fish is rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. It promotes heart health, supports brain function, and provides essential nutrients.

1/2 lb (225g) pork belly or bacon:

  • Calories: 1113 kcal
  • Protein: 56g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fat: 96g
  • 1 onion:Calories: 44 kcal
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fat: 0g

benefits Pork belly or bacon adds flavor and richness to the filling. While high in fat and calories, it also provides protein and essential nutrients like B vitamins and minerals.

Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on factors such as brand, specific type of ingredients used, and preparation methods. Additionally, the nutritional values provided are for the entire recipe. Divide by the number of servings you get to find the values per serving.


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