Spinach Dumplings: The original recipe to try at home

Last updated 17.06.2019JuliaJulia
Spinach Dumplings (Spinatlnödel)

There are these days. It happens to all of us. It’s time to make lunch and I just don’t know what to make. Honestly speaking, it happens to me quite often. Well, if I’m at a loss, these spinach dumplings are just the thing! They are easy to make and always a hit with my boys. They contain enough spinach so my kids and I can enjoy healthy nutrients. They taste positively decadent, without needing any high-price ingredients. And they are wonderful to freeze and eat later. Here is my recipe for cooking delicious spinach dumplings. Sometimes it helps to have a visual: Watch the video below where we will walk you through every step of how to make them. Enjoy!

Difficulty Level: Average

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 250 g bread cubes
  • 125 ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g grated cheese (piquant)
  • 250 g strained spinach
  • 80 g butter/clarified butter
  • 120 g finely chopped onion
  • 15 g garlic
  • Breadcrumbs


  • Melted butter
  • Parmesan cheese

Spinach Dumplings: Ingredients


Cut the dried white bread (stale rolls) into cubes and assemble them in a large bowl. Pour some warm milk over the bread cubes and season with salt. Stir in beaten eggs and let soak for a few minutes. Add the grated cheese and spinach and mix well to blend all the ingredients. In a skillet, melt the butter and sauté the finely chopped onion until golden brown. Add the garlic to the onions and continue to sauté for a short time. Eventually, add the butter-garlic-onion-mixture to the dough and stir together. Knead well and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Check whether the dough consistency is right after kneading: Try to form the mixture into balls. If they hold together well, you’re good to go. If the dough is too soft and thin and doesn’t hold together well, add some breadcrumbs. If the dough is too dry, add more milk or eggs. With your hands, form the dumpling mixture into balls and simmer over low heat for about 25 minutes. (Strongly recommended: Prepare the dumplings in a steam cooker. They are so yummy!)

Heat the butter in a pan until lightly brown and grate the Parmesan cheese. Drizzle dumplings with melted butter on top, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and enjoy!

Step 1: Cut the stale white bread rolls into small cubes.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix well to blend all the ingredients.

Step 3: With dampened hands, form the dumpling mixture into balls.

Step 4: Keep on the simmer for about 25 minutes.

Step 5: Drizzle the dumplings with melted butter on top, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Notes: Feel free to improvise when it comes to the bread and cheeses. Traditionally, dumplings are a delicious and satisfying way of using up left-overs. So if you have yesterday’s stale bread (everything, from baguette to whole meal bread) or cheeses – use them!


A brave mom to two wild boys, Julia König explores the great outdoors with her family in tow. Ready to attempt new challenges and explore new adventure playgrounds, she provides inspiration, travel tips, and destination reviews for families.

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Looks amazing! If you use a steamer, how long do you steam them for?


I steamed mine with my steamer in a pot for like 30 minutes? I dropped some water them, so they took a little longer. They were soooo good. Definitely a make again.
However, I didn't add garlic or onion, I used the powders instead. (to save time)

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