Best Oktoberfest recipes: From schnitzel to strudel

Cook up a Bavarian storm this Oktoberfest with these authentic German recipes.

Oktoberfest would not be complete without a beer in hand and a hearty platter of meat on the table. If you’re planning to cook up a storm and host your own Oktoberfest party this year, take a page out of famous German beer hall Lowenbrau Keller’s recipe book (literally!) and serve these crowd pleasers at yours this September/October. We’ll raise our steins and prost to that!


Chicken Schnitzel

For fickle families, schnitzel is a crowd favourite. Unless, of course, you’ve got vegetarians in your brood, which begs us to ask the question: “Why are you celebrating Oktoberfest or cooking German to begin with!?”

While there are several variations of schnitzel, hahnchenschnitzel (chicken schnitzel) is a close relation to the Aussie chicken parma – meaning it’s pretty much Australian, don'tcha think?

  • Quick and easy recipe
  • Recipe is per schnitzel
  • Less than 30 minutes to cook
  • Match with: Lowenbrau Original


Roasted Pork Knuckle

Lowenbrau Keller predicts around 40,000 pork knuckles will be served during this year’s Oktoberfest across its Sydney restaurant as well as its sister restaurants Bavarian Beer Cafe and Munich Brauhaus. You however only need to serve as many as are dining at your table.

Known in Germany as Schweinshaxe this dish is popular in Bavaria and wouldn’t be complete without a serving of potato dumplings and red cabbage or sauerkraut.

  • 20 minutes to prep, 2.5 hours to cook
  • Serves four
  • Spice mix can be mixed ahead of time and kept in a airtight container until required
  • Match with: Lowenbrau Dunkel


Crispy Pork Belly

At finder.com.au, we are absolutely obsessed with pork belly. Take a look at our finder.com.au lunch binge at Mr Crackles if you don’t believe us. Obviously, this crispy pork belly (Knuspriger Schweinebauch) will be in our bellies on Oktoberfest, and it should be on yours too if you want to keep your party from drowning their pork belly-less sorrows in kegs of beer.

Not that they weren’t going to smash down that keg, anyway!

  • 20 minutes to prep, 1.5 hours to cook
  • Serves 4
  • Chill leftover pork belly and eat the next day, thinly sliced on rye bread with horseradish and mild mustard
  • Match with: Spaten Oktoberfestbier


Apple Strudel

A tradition that you MUST uphold during Oktoberfest, the apple strudel (apfelstrudel) is a delicate pastry wrapped around the deliciousness of sugar, cinnamon, almonds and raisins that is guaranteed to have your guests grinning from ear to ear in dessert heaven. Wipe that drool off your face and begin baking this baby, now.

  • Prep time 40 minutes, baking time 30 minutes
  • Serves 4-8
  • Use ready-made filo pastry to save time
  • Match with: Franziskaner weissbier


Torn pancakes

Officially called kaiserschmarrn but also referred to as torn pancakes, emperor’s mess or trifle, this German dessert is everything you’d expect it to be: it’s heavy, it’s bready and like its namesake, Emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph, it’s fit for a king.

  • Serves 4
  • Batter time 50 minutes, pancake 30 minutes
  • Substitute rum for warm water if you wish to keep it non-alcoholic

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Our Oktoberfest recipes not enough? Need more inspiration? Here’s our top three Oktoberfest-inspired recipe books

All recipes and images are courtesy of Lowenbrau Keller

Don’t want to cook on Oktoberfest in Sydney?

Don’t blame you. Here are some top alternatives:

READ MORE: Party at Lowenbrau Keller. Yes,you’re invited!

READ MORE: There’s also one happening at Bavarian Bier Cafe. Bar-hop, anyone?

Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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