28 Drool Worthy German Side Dishes


Quick Answer: Best German Side Dishes?

Some of the best German side dishes are — Potato based dishes like Kartoffelpuffer, Bratkartoffeln, Kartoffelbrei, Pommes, and Kartoffelstrudel; Dumplings like Serviettenknödel, kartoffelknödel, Thüringer klöße and Semmelknödel; Salads like Kartoffelsalat and Gurkensalat; and exquisite dishes like Berliner Eisbein, Badische Schupfnudeln, Soleier, and Himmel und Erde.

Here are 28 German side dishes which will make you drool like crazy.

With unique flavors, these dishes will give you an authentic German cordon bleu experience.

So let’s get to it! 

1. Sauerkraut 

Total calories (per 100g): 19

Total preparation time: 60 minutes

Probably the most popular German side dish— Sauerkraut is one interesting item. 

It is made from Lacto-fermented vegetables, mostly cabbages, and is tangy and crunchy.

It is not just consumed for its zesty flavors but it has many health benefits. Also, it can be easily made at home and is quite cost-efficient.

It can be simply had with the main dish as a side or added as a topping to other dishes. 

Here is an easy recipe by Joshua Weissman

2. Kartoffelpuffer

Total calories (per 100g): 268

Total preparation time: 25 minutes

Kartoffelpuffer is basically German Potato Pancakes.

This is a flavorful German side dish that is golden and crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.

It’s made from finely grated potatoes. Typically, its recipe also includes grated onions, eggs, and some garlic.

It can be served as a sweet or savory side dish and even as an appetizer. 

Check out this yummy recipe by My German Recipes

3. Rotkohl

Total calories (per 100g): 31

Total preparation time: 70 minutes

This beloved side dish is popular in all restaurants across Germany.

Rotkohl is a humble side dish made from red cabbage and is served with Beef Roasts, Rouladen and Sauerbraten. 

It has a distinct aroma and its taste has a balance of sweet and slight sourness. 

Here is a quick recipe by German Recipes

4. Kartoffelsalat

Total calories (per 100g): 143

Total preparation time: 50 minutes

Kartoffelsalat is a German Potato Salad. 

Unlike American Potato Salad which is cold and creamy, Kartoffelsalat is warm with rich flavors.

This potato salad is quite flavor robust and gains its taste from broth, vinegar, onions, and mustard. 

As a side dish, Kartoffelsalat is a flavorful alternative to the basic mayo-potato salad. 

Check out this tasty recipe by The Stay At Home Chef

5. Gurkensalat

Total calories (per 100g): 75

Total preparation time: 10 minutes

Gurkensalat is a simple German cucumber salad with dill.

A perfect side dish for summer gatherings and potlucks—Gurkensalat is light and refreshing. 

Cool and crunchy, this side dish traditionally gets its flavors from oil, vinegar, and dill. 

Serve this light yet delicious side dish and have a breezy meal!

Here is a quick and easy recipe by KitchenDads

6. Himmel und Erde

Total calories (per 100g): 94

Total preparation time: 30 minutes

In literal meaning, Himmel und Erde means heaven and earth.

It tastes as poetic as it sounds— this side dish consists of mashed potatoes and apples. 

This comfort food from Germany is often covered with caramelized or fried onions to add more flavors. 

It goes well besides sausages and pork as a side dish but can be served with almost all dishes. 

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7. Pommes

Total calories (per 100g): 312

Total preparation time: 30 minutes

Pommes (German version of French fries) are well-loved in Germany.

These crunchy delights go well with almost all dishes, especially if you seek to add some crispiness to your plate during meals. 

They are crispy, golden on the outside and soft, fluffy on the inside— this is the one side dish you can’t go wrong with.

Serve it with some ketchup and mayonnaise.

Here is a tasty and easy recipe by The Cooking Foodie

8. Pretzels 

Total calories (per 100g): 380

Total preparation time: 30 minutes

Pretzels are an iconic dish. 

Soft and chewy, this golden delicacy has a traditional delectable flavor that makes it a prominent side dish across Germany.

It can easily be made at home and is an excellent side dish to carry to get-togethers like picnics.

Serve it with your favorite dips.

Check out this quick and yummy recipe by Preppy Kitchen

9. Bratkartoffeln

Total calories (per 100g): 95

Total preparation time: 60 minutes

Bratkartoffeln translates to ‘fried potatoes’.

Hard to pronounce but easy to make, this side dish is highly recommended for German Pork dishes and Eggs. 

It has a thriving flavor that derives from potatoes which are pan-fried and the added bacon, onions, and seasonings. 

This side dish is a warm and magical hug from Germany to the rest of the world.

Here is an easy recipe by supercoolben

10. Kartoffelbrei

Total calories (per 100g): 88

A German version of Mashed Potatoes— Kartoffelbrie is popular for its light taste and structure. 

It has a smooth and silky texture from being vigorously whipped and gets a rich flavor from added butter and heavy cream. 

For additional taste and visual appeal top it with chopped parsley.

Check out this easy and quick recipe by Easy Cooking With Easy Recipes

11. Knödel

Total calories (per 100g): 231

Total preparation time: 35 minutes

Knödel or German Bread Dumplings are a must-have side dish from the Bavarian region of South Germany. 

The most famous recipe of Knödel is of German Semmel Knödel— it is made from hardened bread rolls, onions, butter, fresh parsley, milk, egg, salt, and pepper. 

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12. Grune Bohnen

Total calories (per 100g): 31

Total preparation time: 35 minutes

Grune Bohnen means green beans in German. 

It can be cooked in various ways. Most common is to cook them in a delicious white sauce until they turn tender. Throw in some peas and carrots for more flavors. 

Another way is to drizzle some browned butter on cooked beans with some grated cheese. 

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13. Leipziger Allerlei

Total calories (per 100g): 53

Total preparation time: 35 minutes

It is a German vegetable medley that goes beautifully on the side of meat and fish dishes. 

It is usually made with green peas, carrots, asparagus, mushrooms, and morels. River crab and crab butter are also added to the traditional recipe. 

Without a doubt, this delectable side dish is ought to be served.

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14. Badische Schupfnudeln

Total calories (per 100g): 148

Total preparation time: 50 minutes

Germans are geniuses when it comes to cooking potatoes. 

Badische Schupfnudeln or Potato Noodles can be served as a savory or a sweet side dish.

It goes well with Sauerkraut, Roast Pork, Rack of Lambs, or any cabbage dishes. 

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15. Kroketten

Total calories (per 100g): 181

Total preparation time: 60 minutes

Kroketten or Potato Croquettes are a side dish that is mostly prepared during holidays. 

These are crispy and delicious potato rolls with a soft interior made of mashed potatoes. 

The German recipe’s main element is mashed potato filling but variations can be made by the addition of ground meat, fish, ham, cheese, etc. 

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16. Pellkartoffeln

Total calories (per 100g): 71

Germans love potatoes, it should be clear by now.

Pellkartoffeln is just boiled potatoes with their skin intact. Why the skin isn’t removed? For more flavors and nutrition. 

The potatoes with skin are boiled in salted water with bay leaves. Don’t worry; the skin is thoroughly cleaned before boiling.

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17. Spaetzle

Total calories (per 100g): 138

Total preparation time: 15 minutes

Spaetzle is a special type of condensed egg noodles. 

It has a toothy-chewy texture and is served with gravies and sauces. The most popular recipe is Käsespätzle which is a cheese spaetzle casserole with crispy fried onions.

This side dish goes well with Bavarian delights. 

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18. Thüringer klöße

Total calories (per 100g): 96

A traditional German potato dumpling made with raw potatoes. 

Don’t be fooled with its plain appearance; it is one of the most delicate dishes. 

As a side dish, it goes with recipes with gravy. It’s also a good companion to Rouladen and Roasted Pork. 

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19. Apfelmus

Total calories (per 100g): 68

Total preparation time: 35 minutes

Apple sauce is what Germans call Apfelmus.

Made with apples and lemon, its taste can be regulated between sweet or tangy by using a different variety of apples. 

Serve this warm, as a side dish, preparing it to be sweet or tangy or tarty depending on the main dish. 

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20. Serviettenknödel

Total calories (per 100g): 257

Total preparation time: 70 minutes

A special dumpling for special occasions. 

Serviettenknödel is made from old bread, eggs, and onions; these dumplings have a stronger flavor and better texture due to their larger size.

As dumplings are essential for German meals, Serviettenknödel is an appropriate side dish for German-themed meals.

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21. Kartoffelknödel

Total calories (per 100g): 138

Total preparation time: 25 minutes

A great side dish for meat and gravy dishes.

Kartoffelknödel is potato dumplings made with mashed potatoes. For more flavors, butter-fried bread croutons are added in the center. 

These fluffy balls can be served as a side dish with Rouladen, Sauerbraten, or Pork Roast. They even taste great as leftovers.

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22. Kohlrouladen

Total calories (per 100g): 102

Total preparation time: 90 minutes

It is a quintessential German side dish.

Kohlrouladen is cabbage rolls stuffed with vegetarian or non-vegetarian filling and served besides boiled mashed potatoes or Spaetzle. 

It has bold flavors and makes for a filling side dish. They can be made ahead of dinner or saved for later use. 

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23. Berliner Eisbein

Total calories (per 100g): 172

A Berlin special side dish.

Eisbein for pork knuckle is first pickled or cured and then boiled with vegetables and herbs. This dish requires simple ingredients and a bit of patience. 

It is served, bone-in, on the bed of Sauerkraut besides mashed potatoes or pea puree, with some mustard. 

24. Soleier

Total calories (per 100g): 154

Total preparation time: 20 minutes

Soleier, or pickled eggs, are a popular side dish that is served in pubs and restaurants in Germany. 

Born out of sheer necessity to preserve, Soleier requires 5% of vinegar which gives it a zingy and unique taste. 

You can make and store these in tall mason jars.

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25. Erbsensuppe

Total calories (per 100g): 102

Total preparation time: 70 minutes

Erbsensuppe is a classic German Pea soup, popular during winter and fall.

It is a nourishing soup with rich flavors and can be made in a number of ways. Usually made with split peas and fried bacon.

It has a thick consistency which can be made thin by adding water.

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26. Kartoffelstrudel

Total preparation time: 60 minutes

Strudel doesn’t always have to mean a sweet dish. Ask the Germans.

Kartoffelstrudel, or Potato Strudel, has a delectable savory taste and is cooked with vegetables and herbs which give it more flavors. 

Flaky puff pastry dough is stuffed with potato and vegetable fillings which makes it a satisfying and hearty side to any meal. 

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27. Erbsen und Mohren

Total calories (per 100g): 44

Total preparation time: 25 minutes

Erbsen und Mohren means Peas and Carrots. 

A kid-friendly vegetable mix, this side dish is fresh and flavorful. It has a tone of creamed vegetables without the heaviness.

It goes well as a side dish with mashed or boiled potatoes. Its combination with chicken or pot roast is also quite delicious. 

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28. Königsberger Klopse

Total calories (per 100g): 139

Total preparation time: 80 minutes

It is a special German meatball recipe made in a creamy white sauce.

The meatballs are prepared from ground pork or beef. These are then served in a creamy white sauce flavored with capers and lemon juice. 

This tasty piece goes great on the side of potato dishes and Pickled Beets. 

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The Bottom Line

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