Oma's Delicious German Recipes: Easy Meals to Traditional Favorites (2024)

Uncover 600+ delicious German recipes from Oma! From easy meals to classic dishes, breads to desserts, and more. YUMMY! YUMMY!

Easy authentic German recipes? German foodisn't normally put into the category of being quick and easy to make.

That, however, is about to change! You'll find Oma's German recipes are actually easy to make. And ... so yummy!

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Oma's Traditional German Foods

Many of the German traditional cooking and baking recipes require many hours and ingredients not commonly found outside of Germany.

That's where this Oma needed to make changes. Cooking and baking for now over 65 years (starting at my Mutti's side), I applied what I learned to be able to make favorite family dishes easily. No fancy methods, ingredients or equipment.

Just delicious German food ... outside of Germany. In fact, theseTop 10 German foodscan be enjoyed worldwide!

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Take a look at my quick hack for making a dish that tastes just like beefRouladen. I created a recipe I callFlatladen. It's a simplified versionofRouladen, but with the same great tasting gravy and tender meat.

Talk about easy and cheaper! Flatladen, aka "Flat Rouladen" , have become a favorite meal for all who have tried it.

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Food that is both easy

AND quick to make

AND delicious

AND so traditionally German!

That's me, Oma. And, only you'll know my secrets and hacks to preparing these dishes to resemble the old "tried and true" traditional methods with more modern ones.

For example, take myGerman Apple Strudelrecipe. This one is one of my most often made dessert recipes, whether for guests or just hubby and me.

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The original method is quite a process and has quite a learning curve. The dough is stretched to paper-thinness, the size of a table-top!

Now there's an easy way to make this. And, you can even make the vegan version, if you need that for guests.

In fact, this strudel is one of the quickest and easiest desserts there is! Perhaps you're looking to make a German Black Forest cake? You can choose to make the traditional way made from scratch. But, if you're in a hurry, there's an easy version made from a mix and a can!

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Traditional German food ~ quickly and easily.Ready? Which will you start with?

What are traditional German Foods?

Each region of Germany has its own favorite foods. However, the top 10 traditional German foods are:

  1. Sauerbraten (Marinated Beef Roast)
  2. Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Hocks)
  3. Rouladen (Stuffed Beef Rolls)
  4. Schnitzel (Veal or Meat Cutlets)
  5. Kartoffel Klösse (Potato Dumplings)
  6. Rotkohl (Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage)
  7. Sauerkraut (Fermented Cabbage)
  8. Spätzle (Egg noodles)
  9. Kartoffel Pfannkuchen (Potato Pancakes)
  10. Wurst (Sausages)

Here are some of the most requested and favorite ones, ones that are so delicious and not that difficult to make:

What is the national dish of Germany?

This is an oft asked question, but is so really difficult to answer.Simply stated, with Germany being made up of a mix of cultures andregions, there really isn't just one national dish. Most regions havetheir own favorites, but among the very top ones are sauerbraten androuladen.

However, there is one dish (according to a recent German poll) that is often considered the national dish ... Königsberger Klopse.

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What are some traditional German Desserts?

After all that good food, it's time for desserts, cakes, and tortes! There are so many to choose from. The most popular? Here they the top 7 German desserts:

  1. Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)
  2. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
  3. Obsttorte (Fruit Flan)
  4. Rote Grütze (Red Berry Pudding)
  5. Dampnudeln (Steamed Dumplings)
  6. Apple Strudel
  7. Berliner or Fasnacht (Jelly Donuts)



Black Forest Cake

What foods are traditionally eaten at Oktoberfest?

Then, of course, there's Oktoberfest. The foods traditionally eaten there include schweinshaxe (pork hocks) and brathendl (roast chicken), so these could well be classified as national dishes as well.

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Then, of course, there's thepretzel, known asbrezel. We'll call it a national treat, whether served sweet or savory.

So go ahead! Get out YOUR pots and pans.

Pull out your ingredients. Print off some recipes, and get ready to start cooking and enjoying easy, delicious German foods today!

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What Oma's fans are saying ...

These delicious soups are truly made in no time at all, quick, as the title says, with ingredients that you most likely have on hand.

What a relief it is not having to go shop for ingredients you don’t know how to pronounce! Included in the book are many ideas of substituting the original ingredients and turning-up the taste a notch or totally changing the taste of the soup.

The directions are easy to follow and easy to understand. You’ll have no problem serving these soups to your guests. They are foolproof & yummy delicious!

What I love the most is that you add a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You don’t have to be exact at all with measuring the ingredients. And cutting up the vegetables doesn’t have to be pretty either.

Gerhild makes it so easy! She takes away the fear of messing up or trying something new.

Quick Fix Soups’ is a great addition to my recipe collection, one I don’t want to miss. Thank you, Gerhild, for inspiring us all and saving us time in the kitchen!

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When it's time for dinner, get traditional with Oma's favorite combinations. Get her collection in Oma's German Dinners, which include salads, soups, entrees, and desserts!

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To those who don’t know Gerhild, she’s the Oma who put German cuisine on the map with her highly popular website,

Oma dispelled, with great skill, my stereotypical view of beige-y sauce over beige-y sausage with beige-y sauerkraut and beige-y potatoes and finally – beige-y taste. I thought all German cuisine was the same – sausage. Boy was I wrong. Beautifully photographed, Oma’s recipes taste as scrumptious as they look.

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Here are my two sweet granddaughters, Lydia (on the left) and Alana, showing off Oma's unique German aprons and my newest cookbook.

These two have been so much fun to cook and bake with ever since they were little. We're looking forward to many more yummy kitchen adventures together making German food!

In fact, Lydia has come on staff here at Just like Oma. She not only loves to cook and bake, but also helps me with the website stuff that happens behind the scenes. Check out her About Lydia page and see what she says.

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Oma's Delicious German Recipes: Easy Meals to Traditional Favorites (2024)


What is the most traditional German meal? ›

Sauerbraten is regarded as one Germany's national dishes and there are several regional variations in Franconia, Thuringia, Rhineland, Saarland, Silesia and Swabia. This pot roast takes quite a while to prepare, but the results, often served as Sunday family dinner, are truly worth the work.

Which of the top 5 German foods is considered to be the national dish of Germany? ›

Sauerbraten. Sauerbraten is a traditional German dish that literally translates to “sour roast”, and is often regarded as the national dish of the country.

What is the national dish of Germany? ›

Sauerbraten (pronounced [ˈzaʊ̯ɐˌbʁaːtn̩]) is a traditional German roast of heavily marinated meat. It is regarded as a national dish of Germany, and is frequently served in German-style restaurants internationally.

What is the most important meal in German culture? ›

Lunch (or Mittagessen) is the most important and filling meal of the day in Germany and is usually warm. This typically includes some sort of meat, served with the country's favorite side dish: potatoes and vegetables.

What are the top 3 traditional foods in Germany? ›

Traditional German fare is hearty, stick-to-your-ribs delicious, and beckons to be enjoyed with a pilsner, helles, or kölsch — and friends! These German recipes celebrate some of the dishes Germany is most known for: crispy fried schnitzel, robust sausages, chewy pretzels, and all manner of mustard-tinged delights.

What food is unique to Germany? ›

12 Unique Foods In Germany You Should Not Miss Out On
  • 12 Königsberger Klopse.
  • 11 German Potato Salad.
  • 10 Spätzle.
  • 9 Bratwurst.
  • 8 Schnitzel.
  • 7 Currywurst.
  • 6 Maultaschen.
  • 5 Kartoffelpuffer.
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What is a typical German menu? ›

More often than not, classic dishes like Wiener Schnitzel, Würstchen mit Sauerkraut, and, of course, potato-based dishes in various forms, like in Bratkartoffeln (Roasted Potatoes), Pommes Frites (French Fries), or Kartoffelauflauf (potato cassseroles).

What do Germans eat for lunch? ›

Lunch foods

The main meal of the day is das Mittagessen, or lunch. The tradition is to have a hot meal during lunch. Sauerbraten, snitzels, Frikadellen (German meatballs), potatoes (such as Kartoffelsalat), green beans, soups, and stews are frequently served for lunch.

What is Germany's Favourite vegetable? ›

The tomato is the most beloved vegetable in Germany. The average German eats about 57 pounds of them each year. Nevertheless, the tomato is still wrongly used as an ingredient in many drinks, where it loses its flavour.

What is a German sausage called? ›

Bratwurst (German: [ˈbʁaːtvʊʁst]) is a type of German sausage made from pork or, less commonly, beef or veal.

What is the most popular type of cheese in Germany? ›

The most popular types of cheeses with the Germans.
  • Mozzarella – the versatile superstar. The Italians' favourite and indispensable in Germany too. ...
  • Gouda – the forefather of the finest cheese indulgence. One of the oldest and most popular types of cheese! ...
  • Emmental – the classic with “holes in the cheese”

What do Germans drink for dinner? ›

10 German Drinks Worth Sipping
  • Dunkel (Dark Beer)
  • Pilsner/Helles (Pale Lager)
  • Kölsch (Cologne's Beer) Additional German Beers.
  • Gluhwein (Mulled Wine)
  • Jägermeister.
  • Schnapps.
  • Wein (Wine)
  • Heiße Schokolade (Hot Chocolate)
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What vegetables do Germans eat? ›

As far as vegetables go, green beans, broccoli, peas and cabbage are staples at the German dinner table. Vegetables are often boiled, stir fried or come from the oven, to keep them slightly chewy.

What is the most famous German dessert? ›

Here are some of the most popular ones: Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte): This is a rich and decadent chocolate cake made with layers of chocolate sponge cake, cherries, whipped cream, and a generous amount of kirsch (cherry brandy).

What is German traditional dinner for one? ›

“Dinner for One,” is a short black-and-white sketch about ten minutes long that is played on all the big German television networks on New Year's Eve. It was first broadcast in Germany by Norddeutscher Rundfunk, or NDR, in 1962.

What are 3 major food dishes in Germany list and describe? ›

Some popular German dishes include:
  • Bratwurst: Grilled or fried sausages made from pork, beef, or veal.
  • Sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage often served as a side dish.
  • Sauerbraten: Pot roast marinated in a sour sauce.
  • Wiener Schnitzel: Breaded and fried veal or pork cutlet.
  • Pretzels: Soft, twisted bread snacks.
Oct 1, 2023

Do Germans eat three meals a day? ›

People in Germany generally have three or four meals a day: breakfast, a midday meal, an evening meal, and possibly Kaffee und Kuchen (we'll get to this in a minute) in the afternoon.

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