19 Traditional German Recipes: A Taste of Deutschland

Germany, situated at the heart of Central Europe, boasts a culinary heritage that has also left an indelible mark on Europe and beyond.

German cuisine, celebrated for its hearty and flavorful dishes, reflects the country’s rich history and diverse regions. From sausages and schnitzels to comforting soups and delectable pastries, these traditional German recipes serve as a delicious window into the culture and gastronomy of this influential nation.

Authentic German Rouladen

Three rouladen beef rolls on a white plate covered in gracy. One is cut in half to reveal the pickle and bacon inside.
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An old-fashioned and beloved classic dinner from German cuisine: authentic German Rouladen. This traditional dish boasts tender beef rolls enveloping a flavorful filling of bacon, onions, mustard, and pickles; all simmered to perfection in a rich gravy. German rouladen is the perfect recipe for cozy family dinners, special dates, or festive holiday gatherings. There is just something so comforting about this traditional dish.

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Spaetzle

A bowl of German spaetzle dumplings.
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Spaetzle is one of Germany’s most beloved and widely consumed foods. This recipe for traditional German spaetzle is easy, foolproof, and authentic — you’ll love it! Serve spaetzle alongside main meals like sauerbraten and rouladen alongside classic German sides.

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Käsespätzle (German Cheese Spaetzle)

A plate of cheesy spaetzle, or German käsespätzle.
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One of the best things you can do with your spaetzle is to make this decadent käsespätzle, full of cheese, caramelized onions, and optional bacon, this is like German mac and cheese.

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German Potato Soup

A bowl full of chunky, creamy German potato soup with lots of veggies and bacon.
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This authentic and hearty recipe for nourishing German potato soup (Kartoffelsuppe) is full of root vegetables, bone broth, and smoky bacon. It is a delicious and comforting soup that the whole family will love. What makes this potato soup distinctively German is suppengrün the trinity of carrots, leeks, and celeriac, which is the base of most soups, sauces, and marinades. You can use celery or lovage instead of celeriac.

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Bratwurst Sausage And Sauerkraut

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A classic dish. I grew up eating brats or other sausages with sauerkraut and it remains one of my favorite recipes.

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German Sauerkraut Soup

A brown bowl full of thick stew with meatballs, sauerkraut, and vegetables. Sour cream is served on the side in a separate bowl next to a basket of sourdough bread.
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A tangy, comforting soup featuring sauerkraut, a staple in German cuisine and my home. It offers a delightful blend of sour and savory flavors, making it a hearty, warming choice. The homemade meatballs are cooked directly in the broth and become infused with so much flavor — try this soup recipe.

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Rotkohl | German Braised Red Cabbage

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Also known as braised red cabbage, this classic German side dish combines sweet, sour, and savory flavors. It’s often served as a delicious accompaniment to various meat dishes, adding vibrant color to the plate.

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German Bread Dumplings (Semmelknödel)

German bread dumplings or semmelknodel in a bowl.
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German Bread Dumplings, or Semmelknödel, is a simple but flavorful Bavarian side dish that is especially delicious when smothered in gravies or sauces. Made from bread soaked in a mixture of eggs and milk, these dumplings gain their distinct taste from the addition of finely chopped onions, aromatic parsley, and the optional inclusion of savory bacon bits. Throw a couple into a hot, homemade soup and enjoy.

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German Liver Dumpling Soup

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Leberknödelsuppe is a terrific “hidden liver” recipe that even children LOVE! A traditional favorite, this flavorful soup is enriched with liver dumplings, creating a rich and satisfying bowl of comfort for any occasion. This is a regular feature in my home and the recipe comes from a German woman who is nearly 100 years old.

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Jägerschnitzel (Pork Schnitzel & Mushroom Gravy)

A plate of crispy breaded pork cutlets with a rich bacon and mushroom gravy poured over top.
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This German dish features tender pork schnitzel generously smothered in a rich mushroom gravy. It’s a savory delight that pairs well with a variety of sides.

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Austrian Potato Salad (Erdäpfelsalat)

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A simple and tasty potato salad with Austrian roots, this dish offers a perfect blend of potatoes, vinegar, and seasonings.

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German Pork Hock

A plate of crispy pork hock and boiled potatoes, along with a pint of beer.
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Known for its crispy skin and tender meat, the German pork hock is a succulent delight often served with rotkohl, sauerkraut, and potatoes.

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German Potato Salad

German potato salad featuring red potatoes, purple onions, and bacon in a white bowl.
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A beloved classic, this warm potato salad has a tangy twist with its flavorful dressing, making it a crowd-pleaser.

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Dill Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)

Thinly sliced cucumber in a bowl with red onion and herbs.
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Refreshing and light, this salad combines fresh cucumbers with a hint of dill, creating a perfect side for a wide range of German dishes.

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German Chocolate Cake

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An indulgent dessert with layers of moist chocolate cake and coconut-pecan frosting, this cake is a delightful treat for chocolate lovers.

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Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancakes)

Pieces of German potato pancake with apple sauce.
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Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these German potato pancakes are a popular snack or side dish, often served with applesauce.

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German Carrot & Apple Salad

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This light, refreshing salad combines the natural sweetness of carrots and apples, creating a crisp and bright side.

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German Semmelknodel With Mushroom Sauce

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Soft bread dumplings served with a savory mushroom sauce, a classic comfort food in German cuisine.

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Pork Schnitzel Recipe

Golden pork schnitzel on a plate with lemon.
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A step-by-step guide for crafting the perfect pork schnitzel, a well-loved German classic, with tender, breaded pork cutlets.

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Want More? Check Out My Sauerkraut Recipes

A shallow and ornate white bowl full of Segedinsky gulas and tender pork shoulder pieces with sauerkraut.
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What’s more German than sauerkraut? Check out these favorite sauerkraut recipes.

Comforting Slow-Cooker Chicken Ideas

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Sometimes, you just want an easy meal that practically cooks itself: 19 Delicious Slow-Cooker Chicken Recipes That Save Time.

Soups & Stews For Cold Nights

A brown clay bowl full of grandma's chicken noodle soup with homemade egg noodles, carrots, celery, and fresh parsley. A hand is holding a piece of whole wheat bread.
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Soup season is here; check out: 14 Soul-Warming Chicken Soup and Stew Recipes and 10 Fall Soup Recipes To Feed Your Body & Soul for inspiration.

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