Dill-Meat (boiled meat with dill sauce)

Carina Ullberg


Dill-Meat is an old and tradition-bound dish in Sweden.

This recipe comes from one of Sweden's great chefs, Leif Mannerström. It's his recipe, I only translated it into English. Normally it is made of veal or lamb, but pork is good too. As you cook the meat for quite some time, you can to use a part of the animal which normally is pretty tough (back or shoulder for example). It is supposed to cook until it is tender in any case.

* NOTE: Use 12% vinegar essence (In swedish it is called "ättika")

Read about vinegar essence here:


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8-10 persons
20 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
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1,5 kg
meat - veal, lamb or moose calf. for example: back, shoulder
1 large
yellow onion
dill - from the dill used for the sauce
1 medium
2-3 medium
1 medium
peppercorns, whole white
allspice, whole
bay leaves, dried
1 Tbsp
thyme, dried


3 bunch
dill, fresh
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
500 ml
broth, from the cooking of the meat
veal stock cubes - if needed
200 ml
milk, creamy ( 50-50 milk and cream)
2 Tbsp
vinegar (12%) * see note!
4 Tbsp
salt and pepper

How to Make Dill-Meat (boiled meat with dill sauce)


  • 1Peel and cut the onion into coarse pieces. Clean and cut the leek in oblique pieces.
  • 2Peel and cut carrots and parsnips in oblique pieces
  • 3Place the meat in cold water in a large pot and bring to boil.
  • 4Boil 1 minute maximum. Take up the meat with a slotted spoon and rinse it briefly.
  • 5Clean the pot and cook the meat in fresh water (remember that there will be space for the vegetables too). Measure how much water you pour in.
  • 6Add salt, start with 1 teaspoon per liter of water and taste of saltiness later.
  • 7When the meat has begin to boil, add the onion, vegetables, dill stalks and spices and let simmer for a maximum of 1 hour.
  • 8If you have bones in your meat, the meat is ready when it detaches from the bone, otherwise you can test it by poking with a fork or a knife.
  • 9After half an hour, pick up the carrots and parsnip with a slotted spoon. Save them, they will be used again when serving.
  • 10If the meat should be served the same day you can add 15 minutes of cooking time.
  • 11If it is to be served the day after, you let it cool in its own juice.
  • 12Take the meat out of the broth and skim the broth – it will be used for the sauce.
  • 13Cold broth is easy to skim, if it is warm the fat will float around.
  • 14But try anyway.
  • 15If you have cooked the meat the day before, heat it in the broth that is not needed for the sauce.
  • 16Cut the meat into pieces about 2-3 cm. (about 1 inch)
  • 17Chop the dill to the sauce - quite nicely.
  • 18Fry the flour into the butter in a saucepan.
  • 19Dilute with sifted broth and creamy milk.
  • 20Taste the broth, if it is not sufficiently strong in flavor, add 1 or 2 bouillon cubes. The sauce should be right on the border between well thickened and thick.
  • 21Start the flavoring with 1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar. Taste so that it's just the right balance between sweet and sour.
  • 22Season with salt and pepper.
  • 23If you need more acidity insert very little vinegar. Be careful.
  • 24When you find a good balance, turn/stir down the dill.
  • 25It shall be plenty of dill.
  • 26Now add the meat in to the sauce along with the saved vegetables (from the cocking of meat) and let everything be well heated.
  • 27Serve steaming hot with potatoes (boiled potatoes).
  • 28Tip
    Dill is practically the only spice that one can not take too much of. Dill sauce, for example, tastes dill whether you use one bundle or three, but the taste is much more marked if you are generous with the dill.
  • 29Chef Leif Mannerström wrote:

    When it comes Dill-meat is actually the sauce that plays the main role. To cook the meat so that it becomes good is after all not so difficult. To the boiled veal or lamb with dill sauce, you can cook the meat the day before, so that you can concentrate on the sauce. I find it hard to think of drinking anything other than beer or mineral water to Dill-meat. / Leif
  • 30The following tip are mine

    Serving tip:

    It is nice to eat a salad with tomato, cucumber, shredded carrots and chard leaves togheter with Dill-Meat.

    In this picture the meat is pork.
  • 31If you have meat on the bone, calculate the double weight. The bone will give the broth more taste.

    If you cut the meat before cooking, cut a not too small pieces - they will shrink. If you cut the meat before cooking it will speed up the process a bit and the meat will easily absorbe more flavor from the spices.
  • 32There are many different recipes for this dish. Some uses lemon togheter with the vinegar, some dont have vegetables in, some dont have all the spices. So, if you don like a spice or two - then dont use it. A little bit of lemon in the sauce will ad some freshness.

    You can take almoste any meat, beaf, veal, moose, lamb, chicken, deer ... you name it. But dont use the good and expensive part (for example fillet) that is overkill. A tough meat that cooks for a long time will be better - and cheaper.

    You can use tried dill, it is ok. Frozen dill is perfect if you dont have fresh.

    Good Luck

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About Dill-Meat (boiled meat with dill sauce)

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Swedish

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