Below is a list of dishes found in German cuisine.

Famous dishes

Name Image Region Description
Aachener Printen Aachener Printen 0293.jpg Aachen A type of gingerbread that is typical for the city of Aachen.
Apfelkuchen Apfelkuchen.png Throughout Germany German pastry consisting of sliced apples
Bratkartoffeln Bratkartoffeln 1024 768.jpg Throughout Germany Fried potato slices, often with diced bacon and/or onions
Bratwurst 2010.08.22.143425 Nürnberger Rostbratwurst Kirwa Sulzbach-Rosenberg.jpg Throughout Germany Sausage that is usually composed of veal, pork or beef.....a traditional German sausage. Not to be confused with curry wurst.
Currywurst Currywurst & Pommes frites.jpg Berlin, Rhine-Ruhr This large-format, fried or grilled sausage is cut into thick slices and seasoned with spicy ketchup and generous amounts of curry powder, usually served with french fries — a popular snack originating in early 1950s Berlin. Both Bockwurst-style (i.e. intended to be boiled) and Bratwurst-style (i.e. intended to be grilled or fried) sausages are used, depending on region, and the use of one or the other is a matter for much debate among Currywurst gourmets. Currywurst remains one of the most popular fast foods in Germany, especially in Berlin and the Rhine-Ruhr area, but the Döner kebab is gaining rapidly in popularity.
Fischbrötchen Fischbroetchen080604.jpg Northern Germany Sandwich made with various fish (pickled or fried) and onions, common in Northern Germany, particularly along the coast
Hendl Roast chicken.jpg Austro-Bavarian Whole grilled chicken marinated with pepper and other spices this dish is known as Brathühnchen, Brathähnchen, and in eastern Germany, also as Broiler.
Hasenpfeffer A stew made from marinated rabbit
Kartoffelsalat Kartoffelsalat.jpg Northern Germany and South Germany Potato salad, which comes in many varieties, for example in a cream or mayonnaise dressing (northern Germany) or even in meat broth (south Germany), is often served as a side dish to Bratwurst or boiled sausages).
Königsberger Klopse Koenigsberger.jpg East-Prussian: city of Königsberg Cooked meatballs served in a white sauce with capers
Kohlroulade Sarmale.jpg Throughout Germany German-style cabbage rolls
Marzipan Lebensmittel-Marzipan1-Asio.jpg Throughout Germany E.g. Lübeck-style, widely used in Christmas specialities
Mettbrötchen Mettbroetchen.jpg A kind of sandwich made with raw Meat on bread rolls (Brötchen), frequently with a garnish of minced raw onion
Pellkartoffeln Kartoffeln-quark.jpg Throughout Germany Potatoes boiled or steamed before peeling (young potatoes may be eaten unpeeled), served with Quark and linseed oil, butter, or as a side dish with herring)
Pfefferpotthast Westphalia Peppered beef stew
Rouladen Rinderroulade-zutaten-02.JPG Throughout Germany A roulade of bacon and onions wrapped in thinly sliced beef
Sauerbraten Sächsischer Sauerbraten.jpg Rhineland A beef pot roast marinated in vinegar, water, spices and seasonings
Sauerkraut Kiszona kapusta.JPG Throughout Germany Fermented shredded cabbage
Schweinshaxe Eisbein-2.jpg Pork hock served grilled and crispy with Sauerkraut or boiled as Eisbein
Spanferkel Ganzes Spanferkel.jpg Throughout Germany A grilled whole young pig, usually eaten in a large company of friends or guests
Speckpfannkuchen Large, thin pancakes with diced, fried bacon
Spätzle Spätzle mit etwas Butter.jpg Southern Germany These hand-made noodles are very popular and are an important ingredient of several dishes, such as Linsen mit Spätzle or Käsespätzle.
Stollen Rosinen-Christstollen angeschnitten.jpg Dresden A bread-like cake with dried citrus peel, dried fruit, nuts, and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon; it is usually eaten during the Christmas season as Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen. The best-known Stollen is from Dresden and is sold at the Striezelmarkt Christmas market, which derives its name from the cake.
Weihnachtsgans Christmas-goose-(Weihnachtsgans) 1.jpg Throughout Germany A roasted goose is traditionally consumed on December 25 Christmas Day.
Knödel (also known as Kloß, depending on region) Semmelknödel.jpg Throughout Germany German dumplings; many different variations:
  • Semmelknödel (dumplings made with bread crumbs)
  • Rohe Kartoffelknödel - dumplings made from potatoes not cooked prior to forming and boiling the Knödel
  • Gekochte Kartoffelknödel - dumplings made from potatoes cooked prior to forming and boiling the Knödel
  • Halb-und-halb Kartoffelknödel: half the potatoes are cooked first, the other half are not
  • Halbseidene


Name Image Type Description
Maultaschen Maultaschensuppe.jpg Main course Noodle filled with various ingredients, such as meat, spinach, onions, spices: Maultaschen are either served with broth or cut into slices and fried with eggs.
Brenntar Musmehl.jpg Main course It is made of roasted flour called Musmehl, usually spelt flour or oat flour. It is usually cooked like a porridge with water and milk with various ingredients.
Sauerbraten Sächsischer Sauerbraten.jpg Main course A vinegar-marinated roast traditionally made of horse meat, although nowadays the majority is made of beef.
Sauerkraut Side dish Sauerkraut in Baden-Württemberg is made with the special Filderkraut (pointed cabbage is considered the most delicious variety: Filderkraut (de)).
Spätzle, Knöpfle Spätzle-02.jpg Pasta Two varieties of soft, thick noodles.
Linsen mit Spätzle Linsen Spaetzle 2.jpg Main course Hearty dish that combines Spätzle with cooked lentils and Vienna sausages.
Schupfnudel Schupfnudeln mit Sauerkraut-RZ.jpg Pasta Pasta made from potatoes and flour, often served with Sauerkraut.
Flädlesuppe Frittatensuppe.jpg Entree A broth with thin strips of German-style pancakes.
Springerle Springerle with typical foot swabian Fuessle.jpg Snack Cookies made by pressing dough into intricate molds. Commonly used for dunking into a drink, as they are quite hard.
Zwiebelkuchen Zwiebelkuchen 1.JPG Main course An onion cake, a seasonal dish served around October, usually eaten while still warm and accompanied by slightly fermented red or white grape juice called Süser or (more commonly in other regions) Federweißer.
Gaisburger Marsch Gaisburger Marsch.jpg Main course A famous stew made of meat, potatoes and several kinds of vegetables.
Käsespätzle Kaesspaetzle mit Zwiebeln.jpg Main course Dish of Spätzle and fried onions gratinated with cheese.
Wibele Wibele.jpg Snack Small, sweet biscuits.


Name Image Type Description
Weißwürste Weißwurst-1.jpg Snack Lt.:'White sausages'; a speciality from Munich, traditionally eaten for second breakfast. Always accompanied by sweet mustard, pretzels, and wheat beer. Traditionally not served after 12 noon because in earlier days, before fridges, the sausages had to be consumed before 12 noon so that they didn't decay. But, nowadays, people also eat it for dinner or lunch.
Weizenbier/Weißbier (wheat beer) Weizenbier-ukko.jpg Beverage Wheat beer
Helles Bier (Helles) Helles im Glas-Helles (pale beer).jpg Beverage Helles is a German beer style that is usually drunk in Bavaria, Germany. It has a yellow, gold color, and has 4.5-6% alcohol.
Radler Radler Pils Unterschied 01 (RaBoe).jpg Beverage A beer mixed with citrus lemonade
Russ Beverage Wheat beer mixed with lemonade. The name Russen (Russian) comes from the fact that after World War I, the left wing party, Genossen, mixed their beer with lemonade because they did not want to get drunk so quickly. In Munich, these members of left wing parties were called Russians (based on their political beliefs), and also their beer was named after this fact. Often also consumed in a one-liter mug, called the Maß (Russen Maß).
Schweinsbraten Schweinsbraten-1.jpg Main course Sliced pork roast with a crunchy crust that was boiled in a pot.
Schweinshaxe Schweinshaxe Chiang Mai.JPG Main course Braised pork leg with a crunchy brown crust on the outside, and a moist and juicy inside. Served with gravy and Klöße.
Leberkäse Leberkäse-1.jpg Snack A type of sausage baked in a mould and cut into slices. When eaten as a main course, it is sliced and served with an egg (must be sunny side up style), and mashed potatoes. For a quick lunch, it is usually eaten in a bread-roll with mustard, a bit like a hotdog. Some people eat the Leberkäse with hot mustard, others with sweet mustard.
Schlachtschüssel Choucroute-p1030190.jpg Snack Lt.: Butchers plate; a combination of Blutwurst and Leberwurst (blood sausage and liver sausage), served hot on sauerkraut.
Saures Lüngerl Main course A ragout from lung and sometimes heart from the veal.
Bayrisch Kraut Speckknödel auf Kraut, 2013.jpg Side dish Shredded cabbage that is cooked in beef stock with pork lard, onion, apples, and seasoned with vinegar.
Kartoffelsalat Kartoffelsalat.jpg Side dish Bavarian potato salad is usually made with broth, bacon bits and onions and may be served hot or chilled.
Radi Radi.jpg Side dish Raphanus that is heavily salted so the water is extruded.
Pichelsteiner Pichelsteiner Eintopf.jpg Main course A stew made from various kinds of meat and vegetables.
Bayrisch Creme Bayerische Creme.JPG Dessert A very light, fluffy, and not too sweet dessert made from gelatin, milk, cream, egg yolk, and sugar.
Prinzregententorte Prinzregententorte.jpg Cake A cake that consists of seven thin cake layers with chocolate buttercream in between.
Topfenstrudel (or Milliramstrudel) Quarkstrudel 01.jpg Cake Similar to Apfelstrudel, but filled with topfen instead, and served with vanilla sauce.
Dampfnudel CDampfnudelnWP6.jpg Main course Lt.:'steam noodle'; a sort of white bread made of yeast dough, steamed in a pan and then served with various toppings, e.g. sugar, cinnamon, poppy seeds, jam, butter and vanilla sauce.
Buchteln Buchteln.jpg Main course Sweet dumplings made of yeast dough, filled with jam, poppy seed paste, or curd, and baked in a large pan so that they stick together. The traditional Buchtel is filled with plum powidl jam. Buchteln are topped with vanilla sauce, powdered sugar, or eaten plain and warm.


Name Image Type‡ Description
Beamtenstippe Sauce A either white or brown sauce that is eaten with potatoes.
Buletten Buletten.jpg Main course or snack Kind of meatballs in Berlin
Currywurst Currywurst & Pommes frites.jpg Snack Hot pork sausage served either with curry ketchup or a tomato paste with curry powder.
Eierkuchen Pfannkuchen mit Zucker.jpg Main course Pancake
Eisbein Eisbein-2.jpg Main course Ham hock usually served with Sauerkraut.
Hackepeter Mettbroetchen.jpg Snack Raw ground pork that is spiced with salt and pepper, garlic and caraway.
Kartoffelpuffer Kartoffelpuffer.jpg Main course Grated potatoes that are mixed with eggs, spices and other ingredients, portioned and fried in a pan. Usually served with some kind of meat or sweet with applesauce.
Königsberger Klopse Koenigsberger.jpg Main course Cooked meatballs served in a white sauce with capers and usually eaten with potatoes.
Pfannkuchen (name in other regions: Berliner) Picswiss BL-57-12.jpg Pastry Sweet dough dumplings, fried in fat or oil, filled with jam and glazed with confectioner's sugar. Also known simply as "Berliner" or, in the eastern part of Germany, including Berlin itself, "Pfannkuchen". In Bavaria they're called "Krapfen".

Bremen and Lower Saxony

Name Image Type Description
Birnen, Bohnen und Speck Birnen, Bohnen und Speck.jpg Main course A dish of pears, beans and bacon, invariably accompanied by potatoes.
Bratwurst Drei im Weggla.jpg Snack A grey sausage with veal content that has a mild flavor, is pan-fried and then eaten with a hard roll.
Braunkohl Side dish see Grünkohl below
Braunschweiger Braunschweiger.jpg Snack An internationally known sausage that is spread on toast or used in sandwiches.
Bregenwurst Gruenkohl mit Bregenwurst und Kassler.JPG Snack A specialty sausage, usually served with Grünkohl
Bremer Kükenragout Main course A ragout made from different kinds of meat and seafood as well as vegetables; may contain no chicken and if it does it's meat from very young chicken.
Brunswick Mum Beverage An ancient beer from Brunswick.
Butterkuchen Butterkuchen.jpg Cake A sheet cake made from yeast dough topped with blops of butter and sugar.
Calenberger Pfannenschlag Knipp auf Vollkornbrot.jpg Snack Groats that are broiled and eaten with potatoes or on bread with various other side dishes, e.g. pickles or red beet; special kind of Knipp.
Pinkel mit Grünkohl Gruenkohl mit Pinkel.jpg Main course A dish made from slowly cooked kale that is served with Pinkel, a rather salty sausage.
Kassler Sauerkraut, Knödel, Stück Kassler.JPG Main course A slowly cooked salted pork dish that is usually served with Knödel and Sauerkraut or potato salad.
Kluntjes Brauner Kandiszucker.jpg Candy Sugar crystals that are used as sweetener for tea.
Knipp Knipp 1.JPG Snack or Main course Broiled groat sausage.
Labskaus Labskaus.jpg Snack or Main course A dish made from corned beef, herring, mashed potatoes, and beetroot, served with a fried egg and a pickled cucumber.
Nordseekrabben/Nordseegarnelen Nordseegarnelen.jpg Snack or Main course Prawns from the North sea.
Pottwurst Knipp 1.JPG Snack Another kind of Knipp.
Räucheraal Gerookte paling.jpeg Main course or snack Smoked eel that is used as ingredient in various dishes.
Sauerkraut Kiszona kapusta.JPG Side dish Shredded cabbage that is naturally fermented by lactic bacteria.
Schlachteplatte Schlachteplatte.jpg Snack A dish with a variety of meats usually eaten as second breakfast.
Spargel Spargel sauce hollandaise.jpg Side dish White asparagus that is eaten as a delicacy, commonly with potatoes and Sauce hollandaise.
Steckrübeneintopf Steckrübeneintopf.JPG Main course A hearty stew made from rutabaga, carrot and potato.
Welf pudding Dessert A sweet two-layer pudding invented by a royal chef with one layer of vanilla-based and one of wine-based pudding.

East Prussia

East Prussia, as Germany's easternmost province, was very often influenced by the cuisines of its surrounding neighbours: Russia and Lithuania to the northeast, and Poland to the south. The Russian borscht was adapted to the East Prussian palate, and Polish sausages were frequently found on the dinner table.

East Prussia's gastronomy also made extensive use of the abundant products from its dark, remote forests. Honey was often incorporated into recipes, and Kopskiekelwein, a fruit wine made from wild currants, was the favourite regional tipple alongside beer.

Name Image Type Description
Bärenfang Bärenjäger bottle.jpg Beverage A honey-flavored liqueur.
Beetenbartsch Borscht with cream.jpg Soup A beetroot-based soup served with sour cream (Schmand) and beef (originally from Ukraine)
Königsberger Fleck Soup A type of Kuttelsuppe, or tripe soup.
Königsberger Klopse Koenigsberger.jpg Main course Meatballs served in a white sauce with capers and eaten with potatoes.
Königsberger Marzipan Königsberger Marzipan.jpg Candy Special kind of marzipan made in Königsberg.
Kopskiekelwein fruit wine made from blackcurrants or redcurrants.
Pillkaller Machandel Beverage A clear liqueur that is served in a drink with liver sausage and mustard.
Schwarzsauer Soup A type of blood soup with various spices cooked in vinegar-water.
Spirgel Snack A variation of bacon.
Tilsit cheese Tilsit cheese.jpg Cheese A kind of cheese.


Name Image Type Description
Fränkische Bratwurst Drei im Weggla.jpg Snack Fränkische Bratwurst is composed of beef, pork or veal and is traditionally served with sauerkraut or potato salad or simply in a breadroll. They vary greatly in size and seasoning from region to region but are often considerably thinner than the equivalents elsewhere in Germany. The best-known sausages are from Nuremberg (Nürnberg) and are recognisable by their small size and clearly visible herb seasoning. They are traditionally served as three sausages in a roll ("Drei in 'a Weckla") or six sausages on sauerkraut ("Sechs auf Kraut").
Saure Zipfel Blaue Zipfel.jpg Snack Bratwurst and sliced onion cooked in vinegar and usually eaten with Bavarian pretzels.
Kartoffelklöße Knoedeltopf.jpg Main course Large dumplings made from a dough consisting of raw or a combination of raw and cooked potatoes. The exact recipe is a matter of regional differences and personal belief. The best friend of pot-roasted meats or mushroom ragout.
Schäufele Schaeufele 01.jpg Main course An entire pork (or, in some cases, Lamb) shoulder roasted in a fairly cool oven over long period so that the meat is extremely tender with a crunchy crust. Seasoning is usually simple using salt, pepper and caraway and traditionally it is served in a dark sauce, made from the roast stock, meat broth, and often dark beer and Lebkuchen spices. Accompanied by a side salad, dumplings and red cabbage or less commonly Sauerkraut.
Hochzeitssuppe ("wedding soup") Soup A spicy meat broth with bread dumplings, liver dumplings and finely sliced pancakes.
Lebkuchen Lebkuchenscan.jpg Pastry/Cookie German kind of gingerbread of which the most famous originates in Nuremberg and is traditionally only available at Christmas, although tourist demand means that Lebkuchen are available in some form practically all year round.
Karpfen Main course Fried carp that is traditionally served during carp season, which consists of all months of the year that contain an R in their German spelling.

Frankfurt am Main and Hessen

Name Image Type Description
Green Sauce Grune Sosse (Nordhessisch).JPG Dip A bright sauce made from an abundant amount of seven fresh minced herbs namely borage, sorrel, cress, chervil, chives, parsley, and burnet. Served with boiled potatoes and hardboiled eggs. Called "Grüne Soße" in German or "Griee Sooß" in the Hessian dialect.
Frankfurter sausage Frankfurter wuerstchen.jpg Snack A smoked sausage made from pure pork, which is eaten hot and usually accompanied by bread and mustard. Not to be confused with the American hot dog "Frankfurter".
Apfelwein Apfelwein Geripptes Bembel.jpg Beverage A wine made of apples, somewhat comparable to Cider and French Cidre though dryer and more sour-tasting. Best enjoyed in traditional "Äbbelwoi-Lokalen". Served from a special jug (the "Bembel"), drunk with a special glass (the "Gerippte").
Sauer Gespritzter Apfelschorle.jpg Beverage A very refreshing drink that combines Apfelwein with sparkling water. Usually served during summer it's also available as Süß Gespritzter which is Apfelwein mixed with lemonade.
Handkäse mit Musik Mainzer Kaese.jpg Snack Lt.: hand-cheese with music: A strong cheese made from curdled milk served in a dressing from vegetable oil, vinegar, caraway, salt and pepper and sliced onions. Usually served with rye bread and butter. Although people love to make jokes of dubious quality about the meaning of the "music", several traditional Kneipe sport a choice of Handkäs with and without "music" (the seasoning), thereby ruling out any reference to post-digestive side effects.


Name Image Type Description
Labskaus LabskausBC.jpg Main course or snack A dish made from corned beef, herring, mashed potatoes, and beetroot, served with a fried egg and a pickled cucumber. See also under Bremen and Lower Saxony.
Birnen, Bohnen und Speck Birnen, Bohnen und Speck.jpg Main course A dish composed of pears, beans and bacon, invariably accompanied by potatoes.
Hamburger Aalsuppe Soup A sweet and sour soup of eel, meat broth, dried fruits, vegetables, and herbs
Franzbrötchen ("frenchmans roll") Franzbroetchen.wmt.jpg Pastry A pastry made from Phyllo dough, covered with sugar and powdered cinnamon that is usually eaten for breakfast. Franzbrötchen is only rarely found outside of Hamburg.
Frikadelle Buletten.jpg Main course or snack A type of flat meatball composed of pork, beef and onions commonly eaten with pasta salad, potatoes or simply in a bread roll with mustard or other condiments.
Rote Grütze Rote Grütze mit Vanillesoße.JPG Dessert A jelly/jam-like dessert or summer dish made from berries especially currants that can be eaten pure, but is often accompanied by milk or vanilla sauce.

Lower Saxony

See Bremen and Lower Saxony


Name Image Type Description
Mecklenburger Rippenbraten (de) Mecklenburger-Rippenbraten-Carsten-R.jpg Main course Rib roast, made from belly of pork including meat of the upper rib, stuffed with Boskoop apples, prunes, cinnamon, rum and zwieback, usually served with Klöße or red cabbage.
Tüffel un Plum Main course A potato stew made with smoked ham, prunes, potatoes and spiced with clove and bay leaves.
Rode Grütt Rote Grütze mit Vanillesoße.JPG Dessert Dessert sauce made of berries, usually served with vanilla sauce
Grööner Hein or Birnen, Bohnen und Speck ("pears, beans and bacon") Birnen, Bohnen und Speck 2.jpg Main dish Stew made from string beans, pear and ham
Fliederbeersuppe (de) Dessert Dessert soup made from elderberry, served with semolina dumplings
Sahnehering (de) ("Herring in Cream") Herring with sour cream and onion and fried potato.jpg Main course Young herring marinated in cream, with onions and sometimes pears or apples. Served with Bratkartoffeln or Pellkartoffeln.
Schwedeneisbecher (de) ("Sweden Ice Cup") Schwedeneis MB.jpg Dessert Vanilla ice, served with apple sauce, whipped cream and a waffle, optionally with advocaat liquor. Typical GDR dessert, still very popular.


Name Image Type Description
Saumagen (Pork stomach) Saumagen mit Sauerkraut.JPG Main course A pork's stomach that serves as casing for a filling of pork, sausage meat and potatoes. Sometimes the filling also contains eggs and carots. The dish is usually served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, bread or Bratkartoffeln.
Gequellde mit weißem Kees Main course A dish of cooked potatoes with curd cheese.
Gequellde mit Lewwerworscht Main course A dish of cooked potatoes with liver sausage.
Gedadschde Kartoffelpuffer.jpg Side dish In a pan fried dumplings made of mashed potatoes with flour.
Weck, Worschd un Woi WeckWorschtWoi1.jpg Snack Lt.:Bread roll, sausage and wine
Grumbeersupp un Quetschekuche Grumbeersupp un Quetschekuche.jpg Main course Potato soup and plum tart
Kerscheblotzer (cherry cake) Kirschenmichel mit Vanillesauce.jpg Dessert Kind of bread pudding made with cherries and usually served hot with vanilla sauce.
Zwiebelkuchen Zwiebelkuchen 1.JPG Main course An onion pie usually served with Federweisser.
Federweisser Federweisser im Glas (Baden 2007).jpg Beverage Young white wine.
Chestnuts Side dish Cooked chestnuts served with meat or other things.

Rhineland, Germany

Name Image Type Description
Rheinischer Sauerbraten Sauerbraten-mariniert.jpg Main course Large pieces of beef or more traditionally horse meat, marinated in a spicy water-vinegar mixture for a long time before baking.
Reibekuchen Kartoffelpuffer.jpg Side dish Potato fritter with black bread, apple syrup, sugar beet syrup or stewed apples.
Blutwurst Blutwurst.jpg Snack Blood sausage either cured or fried.
Himmel und Ääd Himmel-und-Erde-01.jpg Main course Lt.: Sky and Earth: Mashed potatoes with stewed apples and fried blood pudding (Cologne). Potatoes are also called 'Erdäpfel', what means 'ground apples', lt: earth apples, so it's a meal prepared out of 'apples' which grow above and under the earth
Halve Hahn Halvenhahn.jpg Snack Lt.:Half Rooster: A dish that doesn't actually contain rooster at all but is a cheese sandwich with onions, the name is based on a wordplay (Köln).
Muscheln rheinische Art Rheinische Muscheln.jpg Main course Mussels cooked in wine with vegetables and served with whole wheat bread and some butter.
Grünkohl Gruenkohlgericht.jpg Side dish Dish of cooked kale often served with potatoes and Kassler.
Mettbrötchen Mettbroetchen.jpg Snack Minced raw pork on bread rolls with raw onion rings or diced raw onion.
Aachener Printen Aachener Printen 0293.jpg Pastry Popular kind of cookie that originates in the city Aachen.


Name Image Type Description
Dibbelabbes Schales mit Apfelkompott fcm.jpg Main course A potato hash prepared from raw grated potatoes, bacon and leeks, and baked in a Dibbe, or pot, usually eaten with apple sauce.
Hoorische/Verheiratete Main course Lt.: Married ones: Potatoes and dumplings made of flour served with a creamy bacon sauce.
Schwenker or Schwenkbraten Schwenker nah.jpg Main course Pork steaks, marinated in spices and onions and broiled on a grill that hangs on a chain over a wood fire).


Name Image Type Description
Pfefferkuchen Lebkuchenscan.jpg Pastry/Cookie Famous kind of German gingerbread. Some believe that the best German gingerbread is from Pulsnitz in Saxony.
Eierschecke Dresdner eierschecke.JPG Cake A cake consisting of three layers: The bottom one is either a yeast dough (Hefeteig) or one made with baking soda (Rührteig), the middle layer is a cream made of quark, vanilla and some butter, egg, sugar and milk, and the top layer is mainly made from eggs (Eier), which are beaten with butter, sugar and "Vanillepudding"-powder (starchy substance normally used to cook a dessert similar to semolina pudding).
Quarkkeulchen Quarkkeulchen.jpg Main course or dessert A sweet main dish made from quark, mashed boiled potatoes, a little flour, an egg and some grated lemon peel. The ensuing dough is baked as small, less than palm-sized pancakes and eaten hot with sugar and cinnamon, or with fruit, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream etc.
Leipziger Allerlei Side dish A vegetable dish consisting of peas, baby carrots, white asparagus and morels. It may also, but not necessarily, contain broccoli, cauliflower, green beans or corn, even small prawns.
Stollen StollenSide.jpg Cake German Christmas cake of which there are two important centers in Saxony: Dresden and the Ore Mountains.

Note: The cuisine of the Saxon part of the Ore Mountains is more a relative of the cuisine of Franconia than a relative of the other parts of Saxony. The cuisine of Upper Lusatia also differs from central Saxony and is more related to the (former) cuisines of Lower Silesia and Northern Bohemia. Typical Upper Lusatian dishes are:

  • Stopperle: small dumpling with fried bacon or sausage and sauerkraut.
  • Schälklöße: soup consisting of filled pasta and various vegetables.
  • Teichelmauke: mashed potatoes with bouillon and cooked beef.


Typical for very traditional dishes from Saxony-Anhalt is the combination of bitter or hearty meat dish with sweet. Sweet pancakes in Green bean soup for example are the cause of many jokes.

Name Image Type Description
Baumkuchen Baumkuchen.jpg Cake A cake typical for Christmas that is very difficult to prepare.
Magdeburger Schmalzkuchen (de) Fasnet 4914.jpg Pastry Fried pastry made from yeast dough, topped with confectioner's sugar and usually consumed for carneval.
Bötel (Magdeburg) Eisbein-2.jpg Main course Ham hock that is usually served with mashed potatoes or bread and sauerkraut.
Schierker Feuerstein Schierker Feuerstein 2011 Werbetraeger.JPG Beverage A herb liqueur.
Rotkäppchen Sekt (de) Rotkäppchen Sekt.jpg Beverage A brand of sparkling wine.


Name Image Type Description
Birnen, Bohnen und Speck Birnen, Bohnen und Speck.jpg Main course A dish composed of pears, beans and bacon, invariably accompanied by potatoes .
Buttermilchsuppe Soup Buttermilk soup with flour dumplings
Kohl Gruenkohlgericht.jpg Side dish Cooked kale usually served with potatoes and Kasseler or other foods.
Kieler Sprotten KielerSprotten P8290009.JPG Main course Smoked Baltic sprats.
Labskaus Labskaus in Friedrichstadt.jpg Main course or snack A dish made from corned beef, herring, mashed potatoes, and beetroot, served with a fried egg and a pickled cucumber.
Mehlbüdel Dithmarscher Mehlbeutel.jpg Main course A large flour dumpling served with bacon and a sweet sauce.
Rote Grütze Rote Grütze.jpg Dessert A jelly/jam-like dessert or summer dish made from berries especially currants that can be eaten pure, but is often accompanied by milk or vanilla sauce.
Schnüsch Main course A stew made of ham, potatoes and vegetables cooked in roux.
Schwarzsauer Soup A sort of black pudding made with vinegar.
Snuten un Poten Main course Cured pig snouts and trotters that are cooked in vinegar together with several spices. Traditionally served with sauerkraut, erbspüree and hot mustard.


When Silesia was German, the influence of neighboring countries was clear in Silesian cooking; Polish carp and cheeses, Bohemian goulash, Austrian sausage and Pfefferkuchen (pepper cakes). Schnapps was very commonly drunk with beer in Silesia. There was an old saying that went "Silesia has two principal rivers, Schnapps and the river Oder".

Name Image Type Description
Schlesisches Himmelreich Schläsches Himmelreich.jpg Main course Silesian Heaven: a dish of pork belly with dried fruits and cinnamon.
Kartoffelsuppe Kartoffelsuppe.jpg Soup or stew A stew made with raw potatoes and other ingredients such as vegetables and sausage.
Gänsebraten (Roast goose) Martinigansl mit Rotkraut und Serviettenknödel.jpg Main course Roasted goose traditionally served with potatoes and/or Klöße with gravy and vegetables.
Schlesische Kartoffelklöße Surowe kluski śląskie.jpg Main course Silesian potato dumplings.
Schlesischer Striezel Cake Silesian Christmas cake made from yeast dough.
Schlesischer Mohnstollen (Silesian poppy cake) Makowiec.jpg Cake Silesian Christmas cake made from yeast dough and filled with poppy seeds.
Liegnitzer Bomben Pastry/Cookie Honey cakes from Liegnitz.


Name Image Type Description
Thuringian sausage Rostbrater.JPG Snack Red to grey, stuffed in a natural casing of pig intestine, unlike the white Franconian variety.
Thüringer Rostbrätel Thuringian roast.jpg Main course A pork neck steak marinated together with onions in beer and mustard.
Thüringer Klöße Thueringer Kloesse.jpg Main course Dumplings made of raw and/or cooked potatoes with pan-fried toast-bread inside.
Mutzbraten Mutzbratenstand.jpg Main course or snack A pound of mutton, roasted on open birchwood fire, served with sauerkraut.
Rinderroulade Rinderroulade-zutaten-02.JPG Main course Beef roulades: Spread with mustard and filled with bacon, onions and (in some areas) pickled cucumber.
Mohnkuchen Mohnkuchen.jpg Cake Poppy seed cake
Käsekuchen Käsekuchen.JPG Cake Cheesecake made from quark (cheese) either with or without pie crust (usually shortcrust pastry).
Eichsfelder Schmandkuchen Cake A sheet cake made from yeast dough, topped with fruit or quark cheese and covered with a layer of Schmand.
Weimarer Zwiebelkuchen Zwiebelkuchen 1.JPG Cake (savoury) A sheet cake made from yeast dough with onions, sour cream, bacon bits and eggs.
Altenburger "Aufläufer" (Prophetenkuchen) Cake A speciality cake from Thuringia that consists of eggs, sugar, oil, flour and alcohol (usually rum).


Name Image Type Description
Pickert LippPickert.jpg Main course Potato pancakes
Grünkohl und Kohlwurst (curly kale and cabbage sausage) Main course A sausage made from lung and served with Grünkohl.
Westfälischer Schinken (smoked ham) Snack A hearty ham from Westfalen that is very aromatic.
Möpkenbrot Snack Kind of blood sausage that contains rye bread, pig-blood, milk, eggs, fat, salt and pepper.
Rumpsteak Rumpsteak.jpg Main course Roast beef served with various sides such as potato wedges and vegetables.
Reibekuchen Kartoffelpuffer.jpg Side dish Fried dumpling made of mashed potatoes and other ingredients such as onions, eggs, quark and spices.
Pumpernickel Pumpernickel.jpg Bread A hearty bread; it goes black because the sugar in the bread goes to caramel.
Herrencreme Herrencreme.JPG Dessert Lt.: Gentleman's creme: Vanilla jelly with cream and rum.
Stippgrütze Stippgruetze2c.jpg Snack Barley groats cooked in sausage juices (Wurstbrühe), which are enriched with pieces of meat, offal, such as heart, kidney or liver and seasoned with spices and salt. The cooked ingredients are minced after the juices have been poured off and a crumbly cake is left which is held together with fat and which sets on cooling.

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