A Curated List of Authentic German Recipes – Made By Our Own German!
Looking to cook like a German? If you miss Oma’s cooking – or you’re looking to try our a new German recipe – you’re in the right place!
In case you’re new to RecipesfromEurope: Lisa is German and learned to cook loads of German dishes with her parents and grandparents when she was younger.
Now that we have moved to North America, she still likes baking and cooking German recipes frequently.
There are many different “German recipes” out there – and some of them are definitely more authentic than others.
Our list aims to keep include traditional and authentic recipes that we’re familiar with.
Depending on how well you know German cuisine, you might have even eaten some of these dishes before.
At the same time, it’s also important to remember that there are many different versions of the same dish. German potato salad is a good example of this. Regional differences make for many recipe variations (all of which are valid and authentic!).
Before you dive in, just an FYI: There are lots of classic German recipes – mainly meat-based recipes like roasts – that we have not made (yet). So, you’re not going to find many recipes like in this round-up.
Our point is, just because you can’t find a German recipe that you know of on this list, that does not mean that it’s not an authentic German recipe – it might be!
So, whether you’re looking for easy German recipes for a potluck or quick German recipes to whip together for dinner, our list is a fun mix of delicious German appetizers, main dishes, and includes loads of German desserts and some drinks!
We’ll update this round-up over time. So feel free to save it to your bookmarks or to your Pinterest account and come back to it when you want to make some German food!
Do you like pasta? Then you might enjoy this German pasta dish with ham and egg! Schinkennudeln is a delicious and hearty pasta dish that is sure to fill you up. It's easy to make and can be considered German comfort food.
Ice cream coffee is a staple in German ice cream parlors. This sweet and cold drink is perfect on a hot summer day. Made from cold coffee and ice cream, this dessert is so much more than just "iced coffee". It's typically served in a tall glass and often topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings!
Typically made from half pork and half beef, these authentic German meatballs are not difficult to make at all. The egg and breadcrumbs hold it all together - while the onion adds some more flavor. You can serve them with mustard as a side dish or as a meal itself!
German apple cake is a classic cake for "Kaffee und Kuchen" (coffee and cake). It's nice and sweet with a delicious crumble on top. Made from just a few simple ingredients like apples and cinnamon, this fancy looking crumble cake is actually fairly easy to make!
Cucumber salad is a popular salad in Germany and there are many different recipes for how to make it. Ours is made with fresh dill, onion, and just the right amount of creaminess, which makes the salad extra delicious! This German cucumber salad is the perfect cold side dish.
This light butter cake made with yeast is a classic German recipe. Made from a simple dough - and lots of butter - the cake is then topped with sugar and sliced almonds that brown up to form a delicious sweet and crispy top!
This German tomato salad is another classic recipe that is so easy to make! With just a few ingredients such as fresh tomatoes, onion, and lots of fresh basil, it has a wonderfully refreshing taste. It's best served chilled and makes a great side dish for a hearty main.
This tasty German potato soup recipe is made with lots of delicious ingredients - from potatoes, carrots, and leeks to celery root, sausage, and lots of freshly chopped parsley. This classic soup can either be served as a tasty appetizer or as the main course itself!
There are many different kinds of German potato dumplings, but these authentic Franconian-style potato dumplings are what Lisa grew up eating. They're perfectly starchy and soft and serve well with meat dishes like Roulade or Sauerbraten.
This classic German mulled wine recipe is similar to what you'd find at German Christmas markets. Made with red wine, sugar, fragrant spices like cinnamon, and fresh fruit like oranges, this classic holiday drink is always a crowd pleaser and perfect to sip on during the cold winter!
These delicious German fried potatoes are a popular side dish. They are soft on the inside and perfectly golden brown on the outside giving them are nice crunch. You can serve them with a few fried onions and/or classic sauces like ketchup!
These German apple pancakes are wonderfully sweet and fluffy. They are a great addition to brunch and can even be enjoyed as a dessert. Made with apple and cinnamon, these pancakes can be enjoyed on their own - or with a drizzle of syrup and powdered sugar!
Looking for a classic German potato salad that is also suitable for vegans? This super easy potato salad is both delicious and flavorful. Made from a base of oil and vinegar - and not mayo - this potato salad makes a great side dish to a hearty main!
Marble cake is another classic German cake that is easy to make. It is perfectly sweet and fluffy to the touch. The chocolate and vanilla swirl inside make every slice artsy and unique - with a look that you'll want to serve up for guests.. or just devour on your own!
This rich no-bake chocolate cake is a classic German cake that was popular during the 1990s. It's made from crispy butter biscuits layered with sweet chocolate and served chilled. The combination of crunchy and smooth textures are sure to please!
Strammer Max is an open-faced sandwich that is traditionally made with fresh German bread, thinly sliced cured ham, and a fried egg. It's a filling meal that is quick to prepare and always a crowd-pleaser. It can be enjoyed for lunch, dinner, or as a hearty snack throughout the day!
These German Rum Balls are always a hit around the holidays. Loaded with rich chocolate, rum, and finished off with sprinkles or cocoa powder, this tiny sweet treat doesn't last long on the holiday plate!
This German carrot salad recipe that Lisa's grandma used to make is a delicious addition to any meal. It's quite easy to make and the softened carrots and onions create a tasty flavor that pairs especially well with hearty dishes!
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