German Food – Vegetarian Options

It’s no secret that Germany is a country of meat enthusiasts. Meat specialities include sausages like bratwurst, frankfurters, currywurst, and weisswurst; then there’s pork or chicken schnitzel, horse (yes, really – it’s a delicacy up north), goulash – the list goes on. Germans eat meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – truly the carnivore’s dream.

If the above list made you feel queasy instead of ravenous, then this article is for you! Vegetarian food does exist in Germany – you just need to know what the options are, and how to find them.

Vegetarian dishes available in Germany:

There are many vegetarian friendly international restaurants in Germany (particularly Italian, Turkish, Thai, and Greek), but if you want an authentic taste of Germany (minus the meat!), here are a few German vegetarian dishes to try.

Spätzle

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Rich, pasta-like noodles cooked with lots of milk and cheese. Eat them plain or with a tomato based sauce. This dish is incredibly rich, and is very popular in Bavaria.

Look out for: käse spätzle (cheese noodles) or späztle mit gemüse (noodles with vegetables)

Rosti mit kräuterquark

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Flat, fried potato “pancakes” served with a yogurt or cream cheese dressing.  This is one of my favourites! It’s usually served with a side salad, and you can add smoked salmon (räucherlachs) if you’re a pescatarian.

Ofenkartoffel

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Baked potato, which is available with all kinds of toppings. German potatoes are AMAZING, and a nice big baked potato can make a fine meal.

Salat

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As the name suggests – salad! There are many salads to choose from, and they usually come with some kind of tasty dressing. However, many salads come with meat, so it’s a good idea to ask before ordering.

Look out for: gartensalat (garden salad), kartoffelsalat (potato salad – make sure there’s no bacon added!), blattsalat (leaf salad – usually basil, rocket, etc), and gurkensalat (cucumber salad).

Pfifferlinge

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Delicious German mushrooms used in pasta and sauces. Pfifferlinge season is between June and October, so look out for these tasty little mushrooms!

Spargel

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Asparagus, cooked in a variety of ways. Spring is asparagus season in Northern Germany, and you’ll see asparagus dishes everywhere – grilled asparagus, boiled asparagus, ravioli with asparagus fillings, etc.

Gemüse

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Vegetables, usually roasted. Nice as a side dish with käse spätzle or rosti.

 

AVOID anything with these words in the name or description-

schinken (ham)

rind (beef)

schwein (pork)

puten (turkey)

Huhn/Huenchen (chicken)

lachs (salmon)

ente (duck)

If in doubt, always ask. Most establishments cater to vegetarians, and servers will explain to you what the options are. Never order a dish if you are unsure!

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