24 Classic German Recipes

classic german recipes

From schnitzel to sauerkraut, we love German recipes! These authentic German recipes have been passed down through generations. Whether it’s Oma’s Linzer cookies, beer soup, or apple strudel, you’ll find a classic German recipe to make for dinner, Oktoberfest, or the holidays!

Kielbasa Sauerkraut Soup

Kielbasa Sauerkraut Soup

“It’s time for another soup recipe and this kielbasa sauerkraut soup sure is one tasty bowl of comfort food! Sauerkraut and sausage is a fabulous flavour combination and it’s absolutely amazing in soup form!” - Kevin
German Beef Rouladen

German Beef Rouladen

“German Beef Rouladen combines thin slices of round steak stuffed with spicy brown mustard, bacon, pickles, and onion all browned and smothered with a mouthwatering easy to make beef gravy. This is one of our absolute favorite German dishes. If you ever plan on having an Oktoberfest this should definitely be on the menu.” - Beth
German Cucumber Salad, A.K.A. Gurken Salat

German Cucumber Salad, A.K.A. Gurken Salat

“This is exactly how my Oma made it and how we have been making it for untold years! Sometimes we add a little mayo for creaminess. This is one of my favorite salads! Thanks for sharing!” - Shelley
Hot German Potato Salad

Hot German Potato Salad

“Super easy, this one-skillet hot German potato salad with vinegar and bacon is a great side dish.” - Opal
German Sauerkraut & Bratwurst & Bacon Onion Potatoes

German Sauerkraut & Bratwurst & Bacon Onion Potatoes

“This is authentic! I lived in Germany for 3+ years, and this is the way my German neighbor taught me to make delicious sauerkraut. Takes a bit more time than just opening up a briny can of kraut and heating thru on the stove ... but it is SO worth it.” - Terrie
German Kuchen

German Kuchen

“This recipe makes enough for 5 kuchens. You will put a little time into this recipe till you get used to handling the dough and knowing the toppings. It's worth all your troubles. My favorite is the cinnamon or butter kuchen.” - Dorene
German Streusel Coffee Cake 1953

German Streusel Coffee Cake 1953

“This is EXCELLENT! I made it today for the first time, it was so easy. It will be made again soon. Thank you for sharing it.” - Lynda
Homemade Soft Pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels

“OMG!!! Absolutely the best soft pretzel I have had in a long time. I made them with my great nephew and he had a ball, thought working with the dough was fun. He has plans on making a double batch next time. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!” - Jeanne
German Beer And Cheese Soup

German Beer And Cheese Soup

“Since medieval times, beer soup has been a staple German food. Easy to find in many Wisconsin restaurants, it's easy to make at home as well! If you need an extra beer to sample while cooking, go for it!” - Carolyn
Simple German Schnitzel

Simple German Schnitzel

“Schnitzel is not complicated… It’s typically pork, pounded thin, breaded, and then fried. Easy Peasy. Pounded breaded, and fried meat was a trick of the Romans, and adapted by the Germans.” - Andy
German Style Roast Pork With Caramelized Sauerkraut

German Style Roast Pork With Caramelized Sauerkraut

“This was delicious! First time trying caramelized sauerkraut with great results. My husband and I are both of German descent and both of us give this a thumbs up. Thank you for sharing it!” - Tina
Black Forest Cake - My Way

Black Forest Cake - My Way

“It's luscious, decadent, and, most importantly, memorable. I strive to make all my desserts and other dishes not only appealing to the eye but satisfying to moment in time one is enjoying it. Truly a memorable event.” - Nancy
Milwaukee Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

Milwaukee Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

“I was born in Milwaukee and my mother was of German/Czech heritage so my fondest memories are of things like this.” - Dianne
So Easy Homemade Beer Cheese

So Easy Homemade Beer Cheese

“Making this again this weekend! My son would say mom do we have any of that cheese stuff left?? I made cheesey bread with it. Used sliced sourdough bread, spread the cheese and it and put it under the broiler. Freezes well and keeps along time in the fridge..We are out now tho and need more! SO GOOD!” - Kimberly
Momma's German Potato Salad

Momma's German Potato Salad

“This dish was handed down by my great grandmother. I still make it for family and friends. At potlucks, I always get asked for the recipe. My family insists I make it for all holiday dinners but much to their chagrin I draw the line at Thanksgiving. Maybe as a surprise this year I will sneak it in. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do. It will leave your palate asking for more.” - Melanie
Marion's Spritz Cookies

Marion's Spritz Cookies

“We love making spritz cookies during the holidays. You don't have to bother with cookie cutters. The cookie press does the work and you can make different shapes. They're fun to decorate too. This recipe makes buttery and sweet spritz cookies. The dough is firm and ideal for making the perfect spritz cookies. Have fun with your Christmas cookie tray this year and add these spritz cookies to it.” - Kitchen Crew
Bauernfrüstuck (Farmer's Breakfast)

Bauernfrüstuck (Farmer's Breakfast)

“A traditional German breakfast meal. You can try this with any kind of link sausage: Kielbasa, bratwurst, knackwurst, etc.” - Cyndi
Grandma Maybee's Koo Koo Bread

Grandma Maybee's Koo Koo Bread

“When we lived up in Port Angeles, WA it seemed like everybody was related and in one big extended family, they could hardly wait for Christmas and Koo Koo Bread each year. This year, Jacki shared her recipe with me and gave me permission to post it here. She says it is a 100+-year-old recipe started by her great-grandmother. It is a German Kuchen bread but always called Koo Koo Bread by their family. It is amazing and makes TWO 9x13 pans of bread!” - Laurie
Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

“This mouthwatering good Apple Strudel is made with frozen ready made puff pastry, fresh apples, golden raisins, and an easy four ingredient cinnamon glaze. It is so amazingly easy to make and just perfect with that hot cup of coffee early in the morning.” - Beth
German Linzer Christmas Cookies

German Linzer Christmas Cookies

“This is my mother-in-law's German version of Linzer Christmas Cookies. She says they are best filled with currant jelly but it is hard to find. Otherwise, she uses apricot.” - Sheila
German Spätzle

German Spätzle

“With a nice texture and buttery flavor, this is a great side dish to serve! Quick and easy, it's a delicious comfort food to enjoy!” - Francine
German Soft Pretzels

German Soft Pretzels

“I made these this morning. They are very very good...and so easy!!!” - Sally
Mommy Sugar's Pepper Nuts (Pfeffernusse-Pebernodder)

Mommy Sugar's Pepper Nuts (Pfeffernusse-Pebernodder)

“This is a very old recipe from Germany. These cookies are usually served with coffee or tea and enjoyed mainly at Christmastime.” - Beth
German Goulash

German Goulash

“Yum! This German goulash is comfort food at its best. This simple dinner is filled with rich and tender beef, red pepper and onions. The meat is cooked low and slow in a savory brown gravy that tenderizes the beef as it cooks. That makes the beef so succulent. If you don't have spaetzle, egg noodles are delicious with this easy goulash recipe.” - Kitchen Crew