Lithuanian Food

I was generally very impressed with food in Lithuania, particularly as it was mid December yet still there were plenty of excellent fresh vegetables. If you haven’t tried any food in Lithuania, there are one or two surprises but if you’re heading in that direction, you don’t have too much to worry about in the food department.

Lithuanian breakfast

Lithuanian buffet breakfast was tasty. There was a wide variety of cheeses and cold meats – and some very nice cakes. In the one hot plate there were some small boiled sausages and something which looked very much like porridge. I saw Lithuanians eating this unusual combination so I joined in. Surely it wasn’t actually porridge – oh yes it was.

Prok steak

A very tasty pork chop with a rich sauce and vegetables which were perfect.

Spicy steak

A spicy steak and some rather greasy chips. This was in the Australian bar so perhaps this doesn’t really count as Lithuanian food.

Yes, hard working Lithuanian teachers sometimes called out for a pica. Apologies to any Czech people reading. You’ve probably guessed that ‘Pica’ is Lithuanian for ‘Pizza’.

pickled herring

In a café with a view of Trakei castle, I enjoyed a plate of pickled herring and wild mushrooms. They were both yummy but a word of warning: much of the bread in Lithuania contains caraway seeds.


Kibinai Very similar to Cornish pasties, kibinai are filled with mutton (or pork, or chicken) and are delicious, though very hot. They are not traditionally Lithuanian but have been in the country for around 500 years.

Mushroom soup

A wonderful mushroom soup – probably 50% cream but very tasty.

Lithuanian school dinner

A Lithuanian school dinner, boiled potato and a chicken Kiev – though it may have a different name in Lithuania. Very tasty.


The famous Lithuanian Zeppelini! I had some wonderful Lithuanian food but sadly Zeppelini cannot be added to this list. These lard-filled dumplings filled with grisly mince would be more useful as ballast for a real Zeppelin.

inside a zeppelin

The inside of a zeppelini. And yes, they taste as good as they look.

cheesy pancake

In contrast, these cheesy pancakes, served in the same restaurant, were wonderful. Great texture, crunchy and creamy and tangy cheese inside.

Beetroot soup

Beetroot soup. Normally eaten in summer, it was delicious. It is eaten cold with slices of fried potatoes.

And now to some Lithuanian desserts


A Lithuanian pancake, swimming in cream with a topping of red currants. Who said it looks like dog poo?

Lithuanian dessert

A great dessert. Just a shame the waiter cut himself just before serving it.

beer ice cream

Perhaps only in Lithuania – beer ice cream. It was actually quite tasty in a yeasty, malty, lemony sort of way.


Sakotis, special Lithuanian cake. Unusual design and interesting texture, it actually tastes quite nice. Usually eaten at Christmas.

8 thoughts on “Lithuanian Food

  1. Do you know any easy Lithuanian Breakfast recipes? I’m bring this in to show my class Lithuanian culture and I have them in the morning. thanks!

    • Cold beetroot soup is easy and tasty in summer.

      500ml kefir or buttermilk
      3 medium beets, boiled and peeled
      2 large cucumbers, diced
      2 eggs, hard boiled
      a bunch of chives, chopped
      a bunch of fresh dill, chopped
      freshly grounded pepper
      crème fraiche
      450 g potatoes
      Boil the potatoes. You can either serve the potatoes boiled or to add an extra crisp, quickly sautee them in oil before serving.
      Blend the kefir and beets in a blender, season with salt and pepper. You may need quite a bit salt here as the beets give a lot of sweetness and adding salt will balance it, so add it according to your taste.
      Stir in the diced cucumber. Divide between plates and serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, a few slices of egg and generously sprinkled with chives, dill, and potatoes on the side. Enjoy!

  2. Just returned from trip to Lithuania and had delicious meals every day. I don’t eat meat so there was a lot of fresh, Baltic fish of varying kinds and prepared various ways, wonderful soups, something different all the time. The Kibinias (sp?) were filled with cheese for the vegetarians and with chicken for others. The desserts were all light, not too sweet and delicious. My favorite food of all was the dark bread….yum. I want to make some.

  3. Not sure where you ate, man… Most of these dishes are hardly ‘Lithuanian cuisine’, whereas you didn’t mention a whole lot of those that normally are considered ‘Lithuanian’. As for the potato pancakes and ‘cepelinai’, you were probably simply unlucky with the cook. Or maybe this is simply not your type of food… But it does not make them ‘bad’ or look like ‘dog poo’. Don’t we all know what much of the Anglo-American food looks and tastes like?..

  4. My grandmother was from Lithuania and she made this wonderful potato dish thay none of us can replicate.
    She grated the raw potatoes and mixed them with either baking soda or baking powder none of us kno this part, the made small balls from the grated potatoes into a pan of boiling water. Once the potato balls wer cooked she drained them and then dumped them into the most delicious white sauce we have ever had. We were the happiest kids on earth when she made us white potatoes. Can you help to get the recipe?

    • Hi. I am Lithuanian, so I can help you with this dish 🙂 I guess that first, your grandmother would drain grated potatoes and then add some starch. Then she would form the balls and throw them into boiling water. Starch glues the dough and do not let balls to dissolve in water. Hope, this will help 🙂

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