Fish and seafood are as much a part of the German diet as sausages and schnitzel. Given today’s increased focus on health and wellness, Germans are eating more salt- and fresh-water fish than ever before, and recently sustainability efforts are helping keep the ocean, lakes, and rivers healthier too. Here are some time-tested German recipes that should inspire you to put fish and seafood on your plate more often.
This shrimp salad in the Sylt Island style calls for tiny North Sea shrimp, but any small variety of shrimp can be used.
Traditional shrimp cocktail gets an upgrade with a zesty sauce flavored with brandy.
This colorful, sweet-and-spicy dish calls for giant prawns, but any size shrimp will be just as delicious.
Oysters broiled with buttery breadcrumbs and Emmenthaler cheese—yes please!
Soy and mustard glazed salmon fillets are served on top of stir-fried noodles with sauerkraut and cabbage for a cross-cultural blend of flavors.
Fish and sauerkraut is a popular combination in Germany. For a lighter sauerkraut flavor, look for weinkraut, which is steeped in white wine.
The spicy flavor of mustard-horseradish grilled salmon is tempered by creamy noodles with broccoli and spinach.
These tasty and nutritious sandwiches are perfect picnic fare.
In this dish from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region of Germany, fresh eel is marinated in vegetable stock, then covered in an herb-flecked sauce.
This dish of fish broiled with zucchini, tomatoes and Béarnaise sauce on toast makes a simple summer supper.
Crisp fish fillets fried in a beer batter are tucked into a roll with creamy remoulade sauce.
Poached cod with creamy mustard sauce made with the poaching liquid is a traditional dish from the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea.
A popular choice for Good Friday, when many people traditionally eat fish for dinner.