A list of authentic recipes for delicious German appetizers from all over the country.
As enthusiastic beer lovers we make a lot of German recipes on this blog and we have rounded up our favorites for an all appetizer German dishes menu of sorts. Be sure to have plentiful soft pretzels and mustard on hand – they will be called upon frequently as accompanying items.
Easy German appetizers (cooking not required)
Let’s start with a few ideas for low key eats that you will not even have to cook. All you need to do is some cutting, occasional mixing and assembly.
Munich Radish Spirals – radishes are held in high esteem in Germany and spiralized Munich radish (use daikon radish in the US) with a bit of salt and a few chives sprinkled on top is an epic low calories beer compatible appetizer. These are served in most beer gardens. If you do not have a spiralizer, use a potato peeler and create shavings instead. More instructions here.
Matjes & Red Beet Salad – the Germans have a great love for marinated herring (Matjes herring), similarly to all the nations near the North Sea. The earthy beets are a perfect companion for matjes. Recipe here.
Räucherforelle (Smoked trout) – Another fish that is frequently served as an appetizer in Germany is smoked trout. Commonly it is presented solo with just a bit of grated horseradish on top. You can buy smoked trout fillets or smoke your own and pair them with a crispy German potato pancake (recipe follows below).
Smoked Trout Dip – smoked trout fillets take center stage in this scrumptious cream cheese based dip. A bit of bread or cucumber slices is all you need to enjoy it with a crisp German lager. Recipe here.
Wurstsalat (Sausage Salad) – this recipe for German sausage salad hails from Bavaria. Bayerischer Wurstsalat is a classic on biergarten menus and around the Oktoberfest beer tents. Enjoy it with soft pretzels or fresh bread rolls. Recipe.
Krautsalat (German Coleslaw) – this staple side salad boasts a balanced savory-tart flavor complemented by the unique fragrance of caraway seed. Smoked bacon bits are optional but highly recommended! Excellent as an appetizer along with a cold Pilsner. Recipe here.
Favorite German Appetizers
White Asparagus with Hollandaise – even though you can make this dish with green asparagus spears, white asparagus is typically used – especially during May when it is in peak season (Spargelzeit). This simple, tasty appetizer is a favorite all over Germany. Plump and crisp white asparagus spears are boiled in lemon water, then drained and drizzled with scrumptious Hollandaise sauce. Recipe.
Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Pie) – another classic that prominently features onions and enjoys great popularity, especially during autumn harvest at wine festivals around the country and Oktoberfest. Recipe here.
Bratwurst Bites – So very easy. Get good quality, fine-grind Bavarian brats and your favorite mustard.
Currywurst – share into the glory of Germany’s iconic street food!
Pilzstrudel – savory mushroom strudel with tangy goat cheese. You can make it with traditional strudel dough, puff pastry or phyllo dough. It is popular as a vegetarian dish during Oktoberfest and also during the winter holidays. Recipe here.
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From German meatballs (Frikadellen) with open faced chives sandwiches, through Soleier and Flammkuchen to Kartoffelpuffer with Räucherforelle smoked trout - this list of German appetizer recipes has the best of the best.