Recipes for Authentic German Main Dishes

Abraham’s Speck Dish
A composed meal of grilled slices of German ham, caramelized leeks, spiced butternut squash, and potatoes with an Ice Wine vinegar reduction.

Asparagus with Shrimp and Wild Garlic Hollandaise
A lovely main dish of white asparagus and fine German ham and a creamy gouda sauce.
Asparagus-Ham Cream and Ribbon Noodles
A main dish of noodles with green asparagus and fine German ham and a creamy gouda sauce.

Beef Brisket with Red Cabage
A on-pot meal for your pressure cooker, this beef brisket cooks with root vegetbales, red cabbage and pears.

Beef Rouladen with Pan Gravy
A classic German recipe for seasoned beef rolls ina savory brown sauce stuffed with bacon and caramelized onions. Serve with spaetzle. A family favorite.

Beef Topside with Potato Dumplings and Brussel Sprouts
In honor of St Patrick’s Day we recommend this German variation on corned beef and cabbage

Berlin-Meets-Beijing Salmon and Stir Fry
Broiled East-West salmon served over a stir fry of noodles, cabbage and sauerkraut. Quick and easy recipe with sophisticated flavors.

Black Forest Chicken Cordon Bleu
A delicious German take on the familiar Cordon Blue using Limburger cheeses and authentic Black Forest ham (prociutto).

BLT Bavarian-Style
A german inspired twist on the classic BLT sandwich using German whole-grain breads, Bavarian mustard, and a Bavarian black pepper bacon. Recipe courtesy of Chef Marcel Biro.

Boiled Beef with Green Sauce
A one-pot meal, boiled beef with vegetables with a creamy green herb and chopped egg sauce. Typical dish from Hesse, Germany.

Braised Pork with Horseradish Sauce
Marinated, braised and roasted pork is “shreddibly” tender, then finished with a horseradish sour cream sauce. Created for Germanfoods.org by Chef Hans Rockenwagner.

Brandenburg Lamb
Diced lamb with onions served with green beans and potatoes in a dish from the German city of Brandenburg

Brandenburger Kohlroulade
Stufffed Cabbage rolls sautted with bacon in a creamy tomato sauce. Serve with potatoes.

Buletten (Cold-cut Hamburgers)
A ground beef hamburger mixed with onions, bread crumbs and ketchup, fried well done and refrigerated over night. Consumed best with hot mustard and a cool German beer.

Cambozola Strudel
Strudel stuffed with German Cambozola cheese, caramelized onions and savory vegetables, in a roasted red pepper coulis

Chef Olaf’s Spaetzle Bake
A baked spaetzle casserole dish made with double smoked bacon, Black Forest ham and Emmentaler cheese. Recipes courtesy of Chef Olaf Mertens

Jaegerschnitzel
The classic Bavarian Jaeger schnitzel presents pork cutlets in a savor mushroom-pepper sauce. Courtesy Chef Ludger Szmania.

Chicken Potato Burgers
A light and tasty German twist on a traditional Hamburger made with Bacarian potato pancakes and sliced chicken breasts.

Chicken Sauerkraut Roesti

Choucroute Garni
The classic Alsatian dressed sauerkraut dish combines chocken, spices, crunchy German sauerkraut and sausages. A fragrant, savory main dish perfect for the fall.

Colorful Grilled Skewers
Grilled skewers (kebobs) are hugely popular in Germany. This flavorful version uses different types of meat – beef, pork, lamb, veal – as well as onions, bell peppers and sage.

Creamy Potato Pumpkin Skillet
A colorful and nutritious skillet starring pumpkin, potatoes, arugula, and a creamy spiced parmesan sauce – the epitome of fall comfort food.

Crispy Potato Pancakes with Quick Herring Salad
This tasty herring salad with home-made potato pancakes make a great light supper with German flavors.

Currant-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Red Cabbacge & Thyme Dumplings
German flavors abound in his dinner – pork tenderloin, red currants, red cabbage and thyme potato dumplings – perfect for fall supper

Dark Beer-Marinated BBQ Chicken
Grilled chicken marinated in German flavors of dark beer, mustard, lemon and herbs. Great German barbecue.

Dragon Skewers
These colorful and flavorful skewers feature lamb, fresh pumpkin and
Zucchini, served with thyme-infused potato wedges and a refreshing yogurt dip.

Fish Cakes with Green Sauce
Little fish cakes made from white fish fillets and grated potato with a creamy spring herb sauce. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday (Karfreitag) in Germany.

Fun Hamburger variations

German Beef “Pot Roast” with Raisins
German Sauerbrate in the manner of the Rheinland, where a beef roast is marinated for several days in spices, vegetbales and vinegar.

German Cheese Fondue
A basic fondue recipe using German cheese and wine.

German Cheese Raclette Party
Surprise your family and friends with a fun and easy evening based around a communal raclette pan with melted German , Austrian or Swiss cheese

German Chili Dog
A big hit at parties with a distinctive style: hot dogs with chili, beans, sweet corn and bacon.

German Ham and Onion Tart
Made with tender white oats, crunchy walnuts and a dash of nutmeg, this poular German specialty makes a light, delicious and healthy dinner.

German Meatball Sandwich
The meatball in this sandwich are made with finely chopped vegetables, then sliced in half and stuffed with a layer of cream cheese and Emmentaler, radish, cucumber or tomato. A tasty and nutritious vegetarian variation of the beef meatball sandwich.

German Pigs in a Blanket
This easy German version of Pigs in a Blanket starts with crustless bread and uses flavor options like Berlin curry ketchup, Swabian Gherkins, and Duesseldorf mustard.

Goose Breast with Potato Dumplings, Red Cabbage and Chestnuts
A festive entrée with all flavors of a traditional German holiday – succulent goose, potato dumplings, red cabbage infused with red wine and spices, and caramelized chestnuts.

Grilled Apricot Duck Breast over Crispy Potato Cake with a Fresh Apricot Blackberry Compote
Spiced apricot sauced duck breasts are grilled and served over herbed potato pancakes with fresh blackberry apricot compote. An elegant grilled entrée for entertaining.

Grilled Meats and Veggies with Baked Potatoes
A German-style grilled meal including mixed meat-cuts, sausages, and vegetables, herbed Quark stuffed potatoes and brie stuffed baked tomatoes. A Grillfest!

Grilled Medallions of Pork in Black Cherry-Pepper Sauce with Speatzle and Braised Fennel
The sweet tartness of black cherries perfectly contrasts grilled pork, with just a hint of black pepper. Recipe courtesy of Chef Marcel Biro

Grilled Pork Chops in a Dark Beer Marinade
These German grilled pork chops marinate overnight in dark beer (best is Düsseldorf Altbier) which boost their flavor and makes them incredibly tender.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Sandwich
The epitome of summer flavor! Grilled bell pepper, eggplant, zuchhini and oyster mushrooms, combined with aromatic basil and crisp lettuce.

Hearty Sauerkraut Quiche

Heavenly Hot Dog with Authentic Wiener Sausage
Authentic wiener hot dog with coleslaw and crème fraiche – a quick and convenient lunch.

Holiday Strudel with Mustard Sauce
A great Oktoberfest or holiday party treat with German flavors. Strudel with apples, sauerkraut and knackwurst (or bratwurst), and topped with a sweet mustard cream sauce.

Holstein Schnitzel
Veal schnitzel topped with an egg and surrounded by a ring of tasty smoked salmon, anchovy and herring toasts, as well as a scattering of capers or chopped gherkins. A colorful and traditional regional main dish from Northern Germany.

Hot and Crusty Frankfurter Rolls

Hungarian Sausage and Bean Stew
A hearty Austro-Hungarian bean stew with spicy Hungarian salami, smoked baconm red peppers, gherkins and curry sauce.

Hüsumer Fresh Cod on Zwieback
A great fish dish with zucchini and tomatoes. Easy to make as a snack or main dish. Use fresh cod, halibut or canned herring.

Indian – German Chicken Casserole
Chicken breast sautéed in onions and garlic, simmered in chicken broth and flavored with spicy curry ketchup, yogurt and raisins.

Käsespätzle
Spaetzle with Emmentaler cheese and fried onions typical of the Baden Wuerttemberg region.

Kohlrabi Gratin
Kohlrabi and Potato gratin with ham and hazelnuts

Lentil Vegetable Soup with Smoked Pork Shanks
Healthy lentils and vegetables with smoked lean pork meat from the shank and delicious spices and herbs

Little Gourmet Skewers
These little skewers with their mix of different kinds of meat provide you with a solid serving of protein, the essential body building blocks.

Marinated Fried Herring
A popular dish from Northern Germany made of fried herrings that marinade for several days. Serve with pan-fried potatoes.

Mini-Wini Sheriff Toast
For Cowboys or those who want to be one. Tasty mini sausages made in Germany with cream cheese and bell peppers

Mushroom-Noodle Bake with Cheese
Rich satisfying, easy to make and serve, this German cheese casserole uses mushrooms, bacon, cheese, sour cream, white wine and noodles. Easy party food.

Oktoberfest Roast Chicken
Traditional Oktoberfest spit-roasted chicken with crispy skin and moist meat in this recipe adapted for the home.

Oldenburger Grünkohl
A traditional German winter dish of kale cooked very slowly with onions and bits of pork belly, pork chops and sausages.

Onion Tart with Emmentaler Cheese
A savory onion cake with the flavors of bacon and German Emmentaler cheese that gets a quick start by using a prepared pie crust. Onion cakes are very popular in Germany’s wine-growing regions and often served with freshly fermented wine (Federweisse)

Original Leipzig Hodgepodge
The original recipe for Leipzig’s famous vegetable hodgepodge. A rich mélange of crayfish and seasonal vegetables.

Pan-Seared Goose with Brandies Plums and Potato Pancakes

Pears, Beans and Bacon
A traditional Northern German stew and great flavor combination.

Pichelsteiner Stew
The famous Bavarian One-Pot dish with all kinds of meats and healthy winter vegetables.

Poached Cod
Poached Cod with a vegetable cream sauce. A straightforward version of the traditional dish from the Baltic Seas island of Ruegen.

Pork Knuckles in Beer Sauce
Crusty, crunchy pork knuckels baked in dark beer with vegetables is a classic Bavarian dish.

Pork Loin au Gratin with Curry Sauce
A cousin of the Berlin curry sausage, the pork is fried and topped with genuine German curry ketchup.

Pork Loin with Asparagus
Browned pork loin cutlets with tender asparagus and a creamy onion pickle sauce with chervil

Pork Roast with Potato Dumplings
Pork loin seasoned with herbs and bacon and roasted with red wine and vegetables. Serve with German potato dumplings and red cabbage.

Pork Stir Fry
Quick and tasty German stir fried dish made from sliced pork, snow peas, mushrooms and onions in a light cream sauce, served with German spaetzle

Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Mustard Crust, Potato Pancakes, Brussel Sprouts with Black Forest Ham and Dark Beer Sauce
A golden sweet mustard crusted pork tenderloin served atop potato pancakes, with Black Forest ham ad onion flavored leaves of Brussel sprouts, and a reduction of dark beer and jus.

Portabella Schnitzel with Camambert and Garlic Potato Rosettes
This modern meatless “Schnitzel” originated in Wisconsin, created by Chef Marcel Biro

Potato Dumplings “Hairy” and “Filled”
These potato dumplings are coarsely grated, which makes them look “hairy.” A variation is dumplings stuffed with ground beef or liver pate. Served with bacon gravy and sauerkraut.

Potato Hash from Saarland
This oven baked potato-leek hash is a signature dish of Saarland (South-Western Germany). A variation of this dish is called “Schales”

Potato Pancake with Caramelized Onions and Apple Sauce
Using a mix makes these potato pancakes quick and easy ; the added flavors of apple sauce, caramelize onions and sour cream or quark makes them a delicious meal.

Prociutto and Sauerkraut Tart
An easy dish made from pantry ingredients such as pizza dough, just add a green salad to make it a meal

Proud Henry, Brats in Vinegar Caper Sauce
Bratwurst are browned and served with a sauce flavored with beer, capers, lemon and vinegar

Rat Tails
This German dish from Hamelin gets its name from the Pied Piper legend – but really it’s a delicious was to prepare pork loin with a vegetable cream sauce. Serve with rice and salad.

Red Cabbage Orange Salad with Cream Cheese Roulade

Red Cabbage Rouladen
A stuffed cabbage rouladen (thin beef or pork cuts) from Germany using red cabbage, ground beef or pork and simple seasonings.

Red Cabbage Stuffed Pork Loin with Bavarian Mustard Sauce
Bavarian mustard seasoned roasted pork loin stuffed with German flavors of pumpernickel (whole grain breads) red cabbage, and raisins. Served with pan juices, reinforced with more Bavarian mustard and pepper.

Rhineland Sauerbraten with Altbier
Of the many versions of Sauerbraten, this one uses dark Altbier in the marinating stage. Courtesy of Chef Ludger Szmania.

Roast Beef Sandwiches with Asparagus and Wild Garlic Pesto
A sophisticated and satisfying sandwich of thin roasted beef slices, green and white asparagus, cream cheese, tomato slices and wild garlic pesto on toasted bread. Yum!

Roast Goose with Liver Pate Stuffing and Red Currant Glazed Peaches
Succulent and tender roast glazed with peaches and red currants, a liver pate stuffing, and rye bread dumplings – a special version of a traditional German holiday meal.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Juniper Berry Sauce

Roast Pork Loin in Bavarian Beer Sauce
Pork loin marinated overnight in German honey, mustard and beer, then roasted and served with a jus and Beurre Marie sauce. Served with glass of Bavarian beer beer.

Rustic Tart with Caramelized Onions, Apples and Red Cabbage
A quick and easy caramelized onion tart with the sweet taste of German red cabbage and apples. Perfect as a light evening meal. Just add a green salad.

Salmon with Sauerkraut and Green Cabbage Stir Fry

Sauerbraten
Chef St. John-Grubb’s version of the classic German dish

Sauerkraut and Prosciutto Tray Pizza
A tasty, healthy pizza with sauerkraut, onion, Black Forest prosciutto, tomato and Emmentaler cheese as toppings.

Sauerkraut Spaetzle with German Sausages
Traditional Swabian Kraut spaetzle dish served at German fairs and homes.

Sauerkraut Turkey Burgers with Emmentaler Cheese
A fresh take on burgers from Germany – made with ground turkey, sauerkraut, Emmentaler cheese, and caraway seeds

Sausage Skewers with Mango and Bell Pepper
With only three ingredients, this dish is surely simple. The mango brings unexpected color and flavor to grilled sausage skewers

Sauteed Beef Strips “Geschnetzeltes” in Curry Sauce
A well known German dish of thinly cut, sautéed strips of steak or filet mignon in a creamy curry sauce flavored with red wine, chanterelle mushrooms and mild curry sauce.

Schnitzel in Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Beer Stein Noodles

Schwäbische Maultaschen (Swabian Ravioli)
Maultaschen are ravioli-type German pasta stuffed with various fillings, such as fresh spinach, meat or cheese. A specialty from Baden Wuerttemberg.

Smoked Trout and Salmon Sandwiches
Smoked salmon and smoked trout combine with cucumber slices and a dill butter almond spread for a great summer sandwich.

Soured Beef Short Ribs
A marinated short ribs and Bavarian dumpling dish complement a German barbecue evening. From Chef Olaf Mertens, based on his German grandmother’s recipe.

Spreewälder Kalbsbraten
Savory herb stuffed roast veal served with roasted sour cream potatoes.

Spring Salad with Seared Por Tenderloin in Wild Garlic Pesto Dressing
This sophisticated spring salad features seared pork tenderloins over an unusual mixture of greens, with a wild garlic pesto

Stir-Fry Noodles with Rosehip-Balsamic Sauce
German-Asian fusion dish with healthy ingredients and a tangy rosehip sauce

Tyrolian Stuffed Veal Cutlet
Simple breaded veal cutlets with a filling of mozzarella, basil and tomatoes

Stuttgarter Spätzle
German comfort food – spaetzle made with ham, red onions, Emmentaler chees and wilted mache salad greens

Sweet and Sour Bockwurst
The Far East variation of an old German favorite, with mixed Asian vegetables and sour cream.

Tafelspitz with Horseradish Sauce
Tender beef, bild in a vegetable sud, is a light and delicious main course for many occasions.

Turkey “Geschnetzeltes” with Vegetable-Herb Sauce and Potato-Carrot Roesti
Strips of turkey breats are sautéed with vegetbales and herbs and a creamy white wine sauce. Serve with roesti. “Geschnetzeltes” refers to a specific popular German dish with thinly cut strips of meat in a creamy sauce. Courtesy of Chef Armin Rossmeier.

Turkey Skewers with Hot Blackberries
Juicy skewers with grilled turkey breast, squash and onions, drizzled with a flavorful blackberry sauce and served with grilled slices of baguette.

Westphalian Ham on Potato Pancakes with Parsley Sour Cream
Golden homemade potato pancakes decked out in seasoned parsley sour cream and topped with smoked cured Westphalian ham

Wiener Schnitzel
The classic Wiener Schnitzel, a thin slice of veal coated in breadcrumbs and fried, traditionally served with a lemon slice

Zesty Grilled Salmon with Creamy Noodles and Vegetables
Grilled salmon with the German flavors of Bavarian horseradish and mustard, served over German egg noodles, broccoli and wilted spinach with a creamy sauce.

Zwieback Pizza
For young and old, vegetable and pepperoni on a Zwieback pizza floor