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Centered around sautéed reindeer, Poronkäristys is a traditional Finnish dish that’s well-loved both by Finns and other Northern fellows alike.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 617kcal


  • Dutch oven


  • 200 g bacon or other fatty cured meat
  • 1.5 kg frozen sliced reindeer meat e.g. sirloin or blade
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2 bottles of pale lager 330ml each
  • 2 dl water
  • Butter or oil if needed for sautéing the onions


  • Preparation:

Prepare ingredients:

  • Dice the onions and slice the bacon.

Brown ingredients:

  • Brown the bacon in a Dutch oven. Add diced onions and sauté them. Add the frozen reindeer meat gradually (add the next portion only after the previous portion is no longer frozen). Allow all the liquid to evaporate and the meat to brown.

Add the lager:

  • Add the first bottle of lager and wait until the stew starts to boil. Add the second bottle of lager and the water and wait until the stew boils again. Season with salt and pepper.

Simmer the stew:

  • Place the lid on the Dutch oven and let the stew cook slowly in the oven (170-degrees (Celcius) for 1-2 hours) or on the stove (light boil for 1-2 hours). Add water if needed. The stew is ready when the meat is tender and the cooking liquid has almost boiled down. Add salt and pepper if needed.

To serve:

  • Serve the stew with buttery mashed potatoes and fresh lingonberries.


Calories: 617kcal | Protein: 57g | Fat: 42g | Sodium: 194mg
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