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Cooking Vocabulary in German Posted by on Jan 18, 2022 in Food, Vocabulary

I personally love to cook at home and try out new recipes. I have made a vocabulary list all about cooking to help you understand German recipes. If you are in need of some recipes, check out these older posts here, here and here.

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The basics

das Rezept                         the recipe

die Zutaten                        the ingredients

die Zubereitung              the preparation 

die Zubereitungszeit     the preparation time

die Backzeit                       the baking time

die Kochzeit                     the cooking time

die Portionen                   the portions

das Niveau                        the level

einfach                               easy

schwer                                 hard

Types of Cooking

kochen                       to boil

backen                      to bake

dämpfen                   to steam

braten                       to fry

grillen                       to grill

erhitzen                    to heat

pochieren                to poach 

köcheln                     to simmer

gratinieren             to brown

anschwitzen           to sauté

schneiden               to cut

waschen                  to wash

rühren                     to stir

unterrühren          to stir in

mischen                  to mix

reiben                      to grate

vorheizen               to preheat 

schälen                    to peel

abschrecken        to rinse with cold water

giessen                    to pour

bestreuen              to sprinkle

kneten                    to knead

wiegen                    to weigh

abschmecken       to taste/to season

servieren              to serve


das Schneidebrett     the cutting board

das Messer                  the knife

die Schüssel                the bowl

die Rührschüssel      the mixing bowl

der Schneebesen       the whisk 

der Messbecher        the measuring cup

der Herd                       the stove

der Ofen                         the oven

die Pfanne                    the pan

die Bratpfanne           the frying pan

der Topf                          the pot

die Backform               the baking tin

die Auflaufform          the casserole dish

das Handrührgerät      the hand mixer

der Stabmixer             the hand immersion blender


TL = Teelöffel             teaspoon

EL = Esslöffel              tablespoon

n.B = nach Belieben   at will

Bd. = Bund                    a bunch

Helpful Words and Phrases

eine Prise                                             a pinch

in Würfel schneiden                       to cut into cubes

in dünne Scheiben schneiden     to cut into thin slices

schaumig schlagen                          to whip until fluffy

der Teig                                                the dough

zu entkernen                                      to deseed

halbieren                                             to halve

vierteln                                                 to quarter

Ober- und Unterhitze             upper and lower heat (oven setting)

Umluft                                             fan (oven setting)

I hope this vocabulary list can help you to create many successful dishes! Let me know in the comments box below if you like cooking too and if you use any German recipes. I find integrating a new language into day to day activities can really help learn the language.

Thanks for reading,


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About the Author: Larissa

Hello I'm Larissa. I live in Germany and I am half German and half English. I love sharing my passion for Germany with you through my posts! Apart from writing posts I teach fitness classes in Munich.


  1. Natasha:

    My two favourite German cooking expressions are “bis Zwiebeln glasig sind” to set the stage at which to add meat to frying onions and “versprudeln” for mixing together. I’m not sure it would be possible to “fizz up” milk and eggs.