Schupfnudeln (German Fried Potato Dumplings)


These fried potato dumplings, called Schupfnudeln in German, are irresistible. The potatoes should be cooked the day before, as then the dumplings are easier to shape. Serve as a side as you would any other potato.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 2 large starchy potatoes, such as russet or Yukon Gold

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ¾ cups flour, or as needed

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain.

  2. Peel cooked potatoes and place into a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Add eggs and flour and mix until well combined. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  3. Use your hands to shape potato dough into oblong dumplings with two pointy ends. If the dough sticks to your hands, rinse them under cold water.

  4. Bring water to the boil in a large pot over high heat, then reduce temperature to a simmer. Drop small batches of the dumplings into the just simmering water. Cook until they float on the top. Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon and submerge in a bowl with cold water. Remove with a slotted spoon, put them in a colander, and drain well.

  5. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat and saute Schupfnudeln until golden brown and crisp from all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain on paper towel and keep warm until all Schupfnudeln are done.

Cook's Note:

The original German recipe is in metric. If you have a scale, the metric measurements are 750 g potatoes and 225 g flour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
6g Fat
50g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 581mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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