Fish and Seafood Recipes

Salmon With Sauerkraut and Cabbage

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.

Sylt Island Shrimp on Toast

This shrimp salad in the Sylt Island style calls for tiny North Sea shrimp, but any small variety of shrimp can be used.

Shrimp Cocktail Büsam Island Style

Traditional shrimp cocktail gets an upgrade with a zesty sauce flavored with brandy.

Giant Prawns in Spicy Honey Sauce

This colorful, sweet-and-spicy dish calls for giant prawns, but any size shrimp will be just as delicious.

Broiled Oysters from the Isle of Sylt

Oysters broiled with buttery breadcrumbs and Emmenthaler cheese—yes please!

Berlin meets Beijing Salmon and Stir-Fry

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.

Salmon with Sauerkraut and Green Cabbage Stir-Fry

Fish and sauerkraut is a popular combination in Germany. For a lighter sauerkraut flavor, look for weinkraut, which is steeped in white wine.

Zesty Grilled Salmon with Creamy Noodles and Vegetables

The spicy flavor of mustard-horseradish grilled salmon is tempered by creamy noodles with broccoli and spinach.

Smoked Trout and Salmon Sandwiches

These tasty and nutritious sandwiches are perfect picnic fare.

Eel in Dill Sauce

In this dish from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region of Germany, fresh eel is marinated in vegetable stock, then covered in an herb-flecked sauce.

Hüsumer Fresh Cod on Zwieback

This dish of fish broiled with zucchini, tomatoes and Béarnaise sauce on toast makes a simple summer supper.

Hamburg Batter-Fried Cod Sandwich

Crisp fish fillets fried in a beer batter are tucked into a roll with creamy remoulade sauce.

Poached Cod

Poached cod with creamy mustard sauce made with the poaching liquid is a traditional dish from the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea.

Fish Cakes with Green Sauce

A popular choice for Good Friday, when many people traditionally eat fish for dinner.