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, doncha think?

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

This recipe is per schnitzel.

  • Chicken breast
  • 80-100g breadcrumbs
  • 20g flour
  • Egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil
Chicken Breast Fillet Skinless Small
  1. Place chicken breast between two sheets of baking paper and pound with a meat mallet or rolling pin to about 1.5cm in thickness.
  2. Season schnitzel with salt.
  3. Whisk egg.
  4. Put flour, egg and breadcrumbs in three different shallow bowls or plates.
  5. Coat schnitzel with flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs (pressing gently in breadcrumbs so they stick. Don’t press too firmly, or the characteristic air bubbles in the crumbs won’t form.)
  6. Put vegetable oil in shallow frying pan (approximately 1cm deep) and heat oil to 180°C. (To test the right temperature of oil place a wooden skewer in oil. If it has reached the right temperature bubbles will form around the skewer.)
  7. Fry schnitzel for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden in colour. (Turn down the heat if the becomes too dark, too fast.) Gently push oil over top of schnitzel to help produce air bubbles/pockets in breadcrumbs.
  8. Remove from the pan and place on paper towel to remove excess oil.


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

Recipe serves four.

  • 4 fresh pork knuckles/hocks (forelegs are bigger and meatier, hind legs are smaller, more delicate) - special order this from your butcher
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1tsp dried marjoram
  • 1tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • Oil, for searing
  • 2 onions, cut into wedges
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1tsp tomato paste
  • 250ml dark beer (Hofbräu Dunkel recommended)
  • 500ml beef or chicken stock
  • 3 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 twig fresh thyme
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • Extra salt and pepper (to season)
Masterfoods Marjoram Leaves
Hoyts Rosemary
Hoyts Caraway Seeds
Tomato Paste
Franziskaner Dunkel Weissbier
Dan Murphy's
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Wash knuckles under cold, running water and dry with paper towels.
  3. Make a spice mix for the knuckle by grinding salt, pepper, marjoram, rosemary and caraway seeds in a pestle and mortar or spice mill. Rub knuckles thoroughly with spice mix.
  4. Sear knuckles in a roasting tray. Take out of tray and set aside.
  5. Roast onions and garlic in same tray until golden brown, add tomato paste and stir to dissolve.
  6. Add beer, stock, sage, thyme and shake to combine. Return knuckles to the tray, meat-side down.
  7. Roast for 2.5 hours, constantly basting knuckles with roasting liquid from pan.
  8. Raise oven temperature to 220°C for the last 15 minutes, to crisp knuckle skin. (Stop basting at this point).
  9. Take knuckles out of tray and rest for five minutes.

Bier Jus

To make bier jus, strain liquid from tray into a small pot, bring to boil.Thicken with cornflour. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve knuckles with bier jus, sauerkraut and mashed potato. Enjoy with a glass of Hofbräu 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 bellyless 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

Recipe serves four.

  • 800g pork belly, skin on (meat-to-fat ratio 50:50)
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 500ml lager (Paulaner Original Munich Lager)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1tsp yellow mustard
  • Salt and pepper (to season)
Sunpork Belly Pork
Masterfoods Bay Leaves
Weihenstephan Original Alkoholfrei
Dan Murphy's
Kikkoman Soy Sauce
Hoyts Rosemary
  1. Wash the pork belly under cold, running water.
  2. Place in a pot with cold water and bring to the boil.
  3. In the meantime peel onion, cut in half and stud with the bay leaves and cloves.
  4. Once the water boils, skim off any foam and add prepared onion.
  5. Simmer pork belly for 40 minutes.
  6. While the pork belly is simmering, mix 250ml lager, soy sauce, honey, thyme and rosemary in a small pot and bring to the boil. Set aside.
  7. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  8. Take pork belly off the water, leave it to cool a little, then slash skin in a criss-cross pattern. Place pork belly on an oven tray, skin-side up, and brush with beer mixture.
  9. Roast pork belly for approximately 30-40 minutes, constantly basting with juices in tray.
  10. Remove from oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

Bier Jus

Pour remaining 250ml of lager into roasting pan and dissolve, or rub off, the crust that has formed on the bottom. Strain liquid into a small pot, bring to boil and thicken lightly with mustard. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary.

Cut pork belly into slices and serve with bier jus, braised red cabbage, sautéed or roasted potatoes, and an ice-cold glass of Paulaner Original Munich Lager.


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

Recipe serves four to eight people.

  • 300g flour
  • ½tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 150ml lukewarm water
  • 50g raisins
  • 4tbsp brown rum
  • 50g chopped almonds
  • 100g butter
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 110g sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1kg apples (pink lady or sundowner)
  • ½tsp cinnamon powder
  • Flour for dusting work surfaces
Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros Rum
Dan Murphy's
Sunbeam Almonds Slivered
Fresh Apple
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix flour, a pinch of salt, 4tbsp vegetable oil, and 150ml lukewarm water in a bowl.
  3. Knead dough on kitchen table until smooth. (Do not knead longer than 8 minutes, or the dough will become too firm and crack apart later.)
  4. Mould dough into a ball shape, rub with remaining oil, place on a plate, cover with cling film and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Mix raisins with rum and leave to infuse.
  6. Sauté chopped almonds in a pan, without additional oil or fat, until golden brown.
  7. Dissolve 50g butter in a pan, add breadcrumbs and sauté, add 50g of sugar and leave to cool.
  8. Zest lemon and squeeze lemon juice into a bowl.
  9. Peel apples, core and quarter. Cut into 5mm slices and mix with raisins, almonds, lemon zest and lemon juice, remaining sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt.
  10. Melt remaining butter and put aside.
  11. Roll dough on flour-dusted kitchen table until thin. Pull the dough further on top of the back of your hands until approximately 60cm x 60cm. (When you can read a newspaper through the dough, it’s thin enough.)
  12. Cut thick outer rim off dough and make sure bench surface is well dusted with flour.
  13. Brush dough with liquid butter.
  14. Spread sweet breadcrumbs over the lower quarter of the dough, leaving a 3 cm rim to the bottom and the sides.
  15. Place apple mix on top of breadcrumbs and fold rims of dough over apple mix.
  16. Roll strudel like spring roll and put onto a baking paper lined oven tray.
  17. Remove excess flour from the strudel using soft brush.
  18. Brush strudel with remaining butter and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  19. Rest for ten minutes and cut into 4 to 8 pieces.
  20. Generously dust with icing sugar (and drizzle with chocolate sauce, if you can’t resist) and serve with vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream.


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

Recipe serves four.

  • 100g raisins
  • 5tbsp rum
  • 6 eggs (separated into yolks and whites)
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 250g plain flour
  • 500ml full cream milk
  • 50g butter


  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 20g butter
  • 2tbsp slivered almonds
  • 4tsp icing sugar
Sunbeam Raisins
Captain Morgan Dark Rum
Dan Murphy's


  1. In a small bowl soak the raisins in the rum for minimum 30 minutes (use warm water if you wish to omit alcohol).
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with sugar and salt until creamy.
  3. Gradually whisk in the flour and milk to create a smooth batter.
  4. Add 50g of melted butter to the batter and mix until evenly combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff then slowly mix into the batter (the goal is to keep as much air as possible).
  6. Strain the raisins and mix into the batter.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Add a little butter to frying pan (enough to cover base) and heat slowly. Pour in the batter until it is about 1cm high in the pan.
  3. Caramelise the “pancake” on both sides until golden brown, then finish in the oven for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove pancake from pan and rip into small pieces.
  5. In same pan, melt the sugar slowly until caramelised.
  6. Add remaining butter and slivered almonds and toss until evenly coated.
  7. Add the pieces of pancake, or kaiserschmarrn, and toss until evenly combined.
  8. Pile the pieces of pancake on to a plate and dust with icing sugar

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

Oktoberfest Cookbook
The Book Depository
Das Cookbook

All recipes and images are courtesy of Lowenbrau Keller

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