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How to make homemade spaetzle
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How to Make Homemade Spaetzle

Homemade spaetzle is a classic German dumpling, simple to make from scratch, and it lends itself well for use in a variety of dishes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: german dumplings, german spaetzle, homemade spaetzle
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 315kcal


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter (for browning spaetzle)


  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir together.
  • Create a well in the dry mixture.
  • Add milk and eggs to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Add milk mixture to the dry ingredient's well and gently stir to combine.
  • Mixture should be smooth and thick when everything is fully incorporated.
  • Let dough rest 15 minutes as you bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Working in small batches gently push scoops of dough through a large slotted spoon, or large holed grater, with a spatula, into the boiling water.
  • When spaetzle floats to the surface it is done and can be removed with a slotted spoon.
  • Keep working in batches until all spaetzle has been boiled.
  • Place half of the butter in a hot 12" skillet and add half of the spaetzle once butter has melted.
  • Toss to coat spaetzle with butter and let sit in the pan to brown slightly.
  • Once the spaetzle has browned, remove and set aside.
  • Add remaining butter to the skillet and repeat browning with the remaining spaetzle.
  • Serve along side your favorite German entree.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 932mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 563IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg