Jansson’s Temptation (Swedish Potato Casserole, Vegan)

Sharon Palmer

In Sweden, the most beloved dish has to be Jansson’s Temptation (in Swedish, Janssons Frestelse). In short, people refer to it as “Janssons”, as in, “I can’t wait to taste the Janssons!” It is pure comfort food bliss, and is at the head of every Christmas table, though I’ve also seen it served at weddings, smorgasbords, and summer holidays. 

The dish is a traditional creamy potato anchovy casserole (my version swaps anchovies for capers and uses plant-based cream) named after Pelle Janzon, a foodie Swedish opera singer of the early 1900s. Since the 1940s when the recipe was published, it has become a classic Swedish favorite. My husband’s Swedish recipe has been turned into a vegan classic, which appears on our holiday table each year. Enjoy!



Jansson’s Temptation (Swedish Potato Casserole, Vegan)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


  • 2 pounds potatoes (i.e., Russet)
  • 3 small (8 ounces) yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free margarine, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, as desired
  • 1 ¼ cups soy creamer
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs


  1. Peel and slice potatoes into thin strips. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon margarine in a skillet or saucepan and sauté onions until soft (about 8 minutes).
  3. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  4. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place one-fourth of the potatoes in the dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired. Spread with one-third of the sautéed onions and 1 tablespoon capers. Repeat layers two more times, ending with final layer of potatoes on top.
  5. Pour over ¾ cup of the soy creamer.
  6. Dot the top surface with 1 tablespoon margarine cut into small pieces. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  7. Place in center of oven and bake for 30 minutes. Add remaining soy creamer and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until tender and golden brown.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 96 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

For other traditional plant-based Swedish recipes, check out these:

Peter’s Pepparkakor
Swedish Saffron Rolls
Swedish Beet Potato Apple Salad

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