German Recipes

Best recipes for traditional German food. Potatoes done right, plus classic bratwurst. Be sure you have a frosty mug of beer to wash it down!

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Jaeger Schnitzel

Rating: 4.5 stars 68
This is wonderful. Breaded and fried cubed pork with mushrooms and hunter gravy over a bed of noodles. Serve with a salad and a hunk of thick crusty bread.

Crispy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 130
Roasted half chicken seasoned with caraway, sage, fennel, and paprika.

Uli's Apple Red Cabbage

Rating: 4.5 stars 60
My grandmother was a master housewife. She taught home economics and she could cook. When she cooked this apple red cabbage my brother and I would eat it hot or cold, with or without potatoes!

Lengenberg's Boiled Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
This is the perfect simple side dish for a couple of German bratwursts or schnitzel.

German Spaetzle Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 704
Pure comfort! These noodle-like dumplings are easy, fresh, and delicious.

Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich)

Rating: 4 stars 39
This German bee sting cake is my boyfriend's and my favorite. It has a bread-like crust with a sugary-almond crunchy topping and a vanilla pudding filling. Mmm... A must-try dessert!

Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings)

Rating: 4.5 stars 81
My Bavarian Oma made these large dumplings to accompany roast pork or game dishes, any meat with gravy, or with mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Serve one dumpling alongside your dish, and cover with a little gravy.


Rating: 4.5 stars 18
A German dessert that tastes like something in between a pancake and a waffle. It's also good for breakfast.

German Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.5 stars 209
Pork gets baked with onion, apple, and sauerkraut in this easy, tasty dish.

Sausage and Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.5 stars 266
A hearty dish with a balance of flavors from bacon, brown sugar, and apple.

Traditional Sauerbraten

Rating: 4.5 stars 131
This sauerbraten is marinated for a flavorful roast, both tangy and savory.

Inspiration and Ideas

A Look At German Cuisine
German cuisine reminds us of American food in its emphasis on meat and potatoes, but the focus on sweet and sour flavors is strictly German. Explore some of our favorite German recipes.
Beer-Glazed Brats and Sauerkraut
Rating: Unrated 79
A flavorful beer glaze coats bratwurst or knockwurst on sauerkraut.
German Hamburgers (Frikadellen)
Rating: 4.5 stars 62

The original hamburger, these are served like a flattened meatball with some steamed string beans and salad. I also like to use this recipe to make Swedish meatballs (but omit the paprika). My Aunt in Hamburg, Germany taught me this recipe and I've been making them ever since. Serve with steamed string beans and tossed salad. Or serve on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumbers, finely sliced deep fried onions and curry ketchup.