Top 10 Popular German Meat Dishes

German meat dishes

Germans enjoy rich and heavy home-cooked meals keeping meat at the center of most meals, however, each area of Germany has its own definition of their traditional food. The cuisine is tasty, unique, and when you think meat you think Germany. They serve meat at every midday meal including evening meals and often at breakfast. 

Let’s have a look at popular German meat dishes in Germany

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Sauerbraten (Roast Beef Stew):

Germans love for meat dishes made Sauerbraten one of the country’s national dishes. This German pot roast is a delicious stew of tender beef marinated in wine, vinegar, spices, herbs for days, or even weeks. This also involves the pickling of the meat in a sweet and sour gravy, finally cooked into a dish. It usually comes with red cabbage and potato dumplings. 

Sauerbraten (Roast Beef Stew)

Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckle):

This German cuisine is made from the end of the pig’s leg, just above the ankle. This peasant food includes inexpensive cuts of meat which usually take a long time to cook. The meat is marinated for days or weeks and roasted at low temperatures for long hours. Traditionally, these pork knuckles are served with mashed potatoes or red cabbage. 

Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckle) 


This German stew is made in a pot using a large number of ingredients. Remember the old school saying: don’t waste food, this cuisine exactly comprehends. There is no particular recipe or restriction of ingredients. The German love for meat is undeniable and they include different varieties like beef, pork, or chicken. 


Rouladen (Beef Roll):

To make this roll thin strips of meat are rolled around bacon, onion, pickle, and mustard. Originally pork was used to make this roll although now beef is widely in use, also chicken makes it taste great. These are also filled with a variety of ingredients, such as vegetables, cheese, and other meat browned and slow simmered in a rich gravy with red wine to get a dark rich flavor. It is served with bread dumplings and pickled red cabbage. 

Rouladen (Beef Roll)

Schnitzel (Breaded Cutlet):

Traditional German schnitzel is made with pork, the technique of breading and frying thin cuts of meat. This is a popular Austrian dish. The cutlet is coated in bread crumbs with cheese and ham sandwich. It is served with spatzel and gravy, pommel, or potato salad. When served plain, it is garnished with parsley and slice of lemon. 

Schnitzel (Breaded Cutlet)


Traditionally Kassler is made with cured and smoked pork, so easy and quick to make. The challenge is identifying the right piece of cut. Pork neck and lions are often used, however ribs, shoulders and bellies can also be used. It is pan-fried, grilled, added to soups and stews. It is a delicious combination with cabbage dishes and with cold German beer. 


Laberkase (Meat Loaf):

This is a type of meatloaf made from pork. This is the most popular cuisine in South Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This German-style meatloaf is made by grinding beef, pork, bacon with a rich flavor containing onion powder and coriander. You can eat it warm or cold, also you and slice it and fry. This appetizing meatloaf is widely served as a snack with bread and mustard.

Laberkase (Meat Loaf)


This German stew is conventionally marinated for days or weeks with rabbit or hare in wine, vinegar, and lots of spices. Bite sized parts of the rabbit are roasted and braised with onions. It is then highly seasoned with herbs, juniper, black pepper, and cloves. It goes well with potato dumplings, noodles, and vegetables. 



Soaked beef is boiled in water then combined with beetroot, gherkins, and onions. This mixture is steamed and mixed with mashed potatoes. Its bright red comes from beetroot juice, stew seasoned with pepper and salt, and serves best with rollmops and fried eggs.



Spatzle is basically condensed egg noodles dumpling made from flour, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. Eggs were added to the mixture and made into dough. Spaetzle can be made ahead and stored for a couple of days and reheated. Toss them in some melted butter and its delicious. It is served with creamy sauce, mushrooms, onions, cheese, and potatoes. 


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Top 5 delicious desserts you must try in Germany

delicious desserts

Wondering which desserts to try in Germany? Here is the list of German delicious desserts that you should definitely try.

Germans have great love and respect for sweet treats combined with a passion for local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoying various kitchen with afternoon coffee or tea is a deeply ingrained cultural practice and the overall daily lives of the people include many traditional specialties catering to one’s sweet tooth.

When it comes to delicious desserts, Germany has a vast and rich culinary heritage. From simple fruit tarts to decadent bundt cakes our selection of authentic German delicious desserts will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.

Delicious Desserts:

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Lebkuchen (Gingerbread Cookies)

A true German Christmas favorite. If there is one thing you will find at pretty much every German market, its Lebkuchen. These are a version of gingerbread cookies with dark chocolate coating, nuts, or powdered sugar. The German gingerbread is often found in the shape of a heart and decorated with cute pet names or words of encouragement.

Marmorkuchen (Marble Cake)

The marble cake is the super moist easy cake recipe baked in a bundt pan marbling two different colored batters into a cake. Wondering making two different batters Surprisingly you don’t need two completely different batters to make a marble cake. You simply take one-third of vanilla batter and mix with melted chocolate and cocoa powder and bingo that’s your chocolate batter. It also tastes luscious when paired with pineapple, guava, coconut cream, Bavarian cream, or vanilla buttercream fillings.

Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake)

A kind of apple cake that everyone loves. It is great for people who are new to baking and has a high apple to cake ratio. The apples are soaked in sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and then baked into buttery pastry mixture. It is a great companion with coffee or sweetened whipped cream and usually served as an afternoon dessert.

Schwarzwalder kirschtorte ( Black Forest Cake)

The hugely popular dessert around that made German’s culinary skills known to the world. It is full of cherries, chocolate, liquor, and whipped cream. Traditionally, kirschwasser, a clear spirit made from sour cherries are added to the cake. Sometimes rum is used commonly in Austrian recipes.

Zimtsterne (cinnamon star)

Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without these German ‘cinnamon star’ cookies. You can find them in any grocery store and Christmas market around Germany, also in Austria and Switzerland. These cookies are made from a combination of almost entirely groundnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts, topped with icing.

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