German Food Vocabulary50+ Vocabulary Words around Eating

German Vocabulary

Our list of German food vocabulary.

01.07.2022

In this post, we'll have a look at food vocabulary in German. Whether you want to order a meal at a German restaurant or just understand a recipe you've found on Youtube, we'll cover the most important words in this post.

This article just focuses on food & meals in German. We have separate posts on German drinks vocabulary or how to order a coffee in German.

German Food Vocabulary

Let's start with some very common words.

GermanEnglish
das Essenfood
das Gerichtdish
die Vorspeisestarter
das Hauptgerichtmain course
der Nachtischdessert
der Snacksnack
das Fleischmeat
Molkereiprodukte (pl.)dairy
die Süßigkeiten (pl.)sweets
Backwaren (pl.)baked goods
die Meeresfrüchte (pl.)seafood
die Suppesoup
der Salatsalad

Meat Vocabulary

German vocabulary related to meat is an essential aspect of the language for anyone interested in cooking, eating, or discussing food in a German-speaking context. The general word for "meat" in German is "Fleisch", which can refer to the flesh of any animal used as food.

Some common types of meat in German include "Rindfleisch" (beef), "Schweinefleisch" (pork), "Lammfleisch" (lamb), and "Geflügel" (poultry).

GermanEnglish
das Fleischmeat
das Rindfleischbeef
das Hähnchenchicken
der Hähnchenschenkelchicken leg
das Lammlamb
die Lammkeuleleg of lamb
das Steaksteak
der Schinkenham
die Wurstsausage
das Hackfleischminced meat
das Kalbfleischveal
das Wildvenison

There are also some useful German verbs that are used to describe different methods of cooking meat, such as "braten" (to roast or fry), "grillen" (to grill), and "schmoren" (to stew).

Popular dishes in German cuisine that feature meat are "Schnitzel" (breaded and fried meat), "Currywurst" (sausage with curry-flavored ketchup), and "Bratwurst" (grilled sausage).

Fish & Seafood Vocabulary

In German, seafood is referred to as "Meeresfrüchte" - which literally means "fruits of the sea".

Some common types of seafood in Germany include "Fisch" (fish), "Krebse" (crabs), "Muscheln" (mussels), and "Krabben" (shrimp). Here is a list of German seafood vocabulary:

GermanEnglish
der Fischfish
die Muschelmussels / clams
der Lachssalmon
die Forelletrout
das Sushisushi
der Tintenfischsquid
der Oktopusoctopus
die Austeroyster
die Garneleprawn
die Krabbecrab
der Hummerlobster
die Makrelemackerel
die Sardinesardine
die Sardelleanchovy

Seafood is often served in restaurants as a main course, and it is also a popular ingredient in traditional German dishes such as "Fischbrötchen" (fish sandwiches) and "Krabbencocktail" (crab cocktail).

Fruit & Vegetables Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
das Obstfruits
das Gemüsevegetables
der Apfelapple
die Bananebanana
die Erdbeerestrawberry
der Salatlettuce
die Tomatetomato
die Kartoffelpotato
die Melonemelon
der Blumenkohlcauliflower
der Brokkolibroccoli
die Erbsepea

Breakfast Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
der Kaffeecoffee
der Teetea
der Orangensaftorange juice
das Brötchenroll (bread)
die Butterbutter
die Haferflockenoats (plurlal)
das Toastbrotslice of toast
der Toasttoast
das Müslimuesli / cereal
der Pfannkuchenpancake
das Rühreiscrambled egg
das Spiegeleifried egg

Herbs & Spices Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
das Salzsalt
der Pfefferpepper
das Gewürzspice, herb
die Petersilieparsley
der Koriandercoriander
das Basilikumbasil
der Schnittlauchchives
der Rosmarinrosemary
der Thymianthyme
die Paprikapaprika
der Kümmelcumin
der Chilichili
die Nelkeclove

Dairy Products Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
die Milchmilk
der Käsecheese
der Joghurtyoghurt
die Butterbutter
die Sahnecream
der Ziegenkäsegoat cheese
die Buttermilchbutter milk

Baked Goods Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
das Brotbread
der Kekscookie
der Kuchencake / pie
der Bagelbagel
das Brötchenbread roll
der Cupcakecupcake
der Browniebrownie
das Gebäckpastry
die Tartetart
der Blätterteigpuff pastry

Pasta, Rice & Grains Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
die Nudeln (pl.)pasta
die Ravioli (pl.)ravioli
die Spaghettispaghetti
der Reisrice
der Bulgurbulgur
der / das Couscouscouscous
das Gnocchignocchi
die Maultasche(Swabian) ravioli

Sweets & Snacks Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
die Süßigkeitensweets
der Snacksnack
die Schokoladechocolate
die Gummibärchengummi bears
die Chipscrisps
das Popcornpopcorn
die Oliveolive
der Crackercracker
das Studentenfuttertrail mix
das Eis am Stielpopsicle
die Erdnusspeanut

Common German Meals Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
die Lasagnelasagna
der stramme Maxeggs and ham on toast
die Rouladefilled rolled meat
die Käsespätzleegg noodles with cheese
der Eintopfone pot stew
der Sauerbratenmarinated meat roast
die Schweinshaxepickled ham hock
das Schnitzelschnitzel
die Frikadellemeat patty
der Dönerdoner kebab
die Currywurstcurrywurst
die Mantaplattecurrywurst, fries and mayonnaise
Currywurst Pommes Mayocurrywurst, fries and mayonnaise
das Fischbrötchenfish sandwich

Drinks Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
das Getränkdrink, beverage
der Kaffeecoffee
der Teetea
das Wasserwater
die Colacoke
die Milchmilk
die Limonadelemonade
der Weinwine
das Bierbeer

Dips, Sauces & Oils Vocabulary

GermanEnglish
das Öloil
der Zuckersugar
das Ei, die Eieregg
der Ketchupketchup
die Mayonnaisemayonnaise
der Senfmustard
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