Hamburg Iconic Dish – Labskaus

As a large port city, Hamburg has a rich food culture, and one of its most iconic dishes is Labskaus. This hearty and filling dish has a long history and is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

Labskaus is a dish made of salted meat, potatoes, onions, and beetroot, all mashed together and served with pickles, fried eggs, and rollmops. It has a distinctive reddish-pink color and a savory flavor that is sure to satisfy any hungry stomach.

If you are curious about this delicious dish, then look no further. Here is a detailed recipe for Labskaus that you can try at home.


  • 1 pound of salted beef or corned beef
  • 2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can of beetroot, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Pickles, sliced
  • Rollmops (pickled herring)
  • Fried eggs


  1. In a large pot, bring the salted beef to a boil and let it simmer for 2-3 hours until tender. Remove the beef from the pot and let it cool.
  2. In the same pot, add the chopped potatoes and onion and bring to a boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
  3. Drain the potatoes and onions, and then add them back to the pot.
  4. Shred the cooked beef and add it to the pot with the potatoes and onions. Add the chopped beetroot, butter, salt, and pepper.
  5. Mash all the ingredients together until smooth and well combined.
  6. Serve the Labskaus hot, garnished with sliced pickles, rollmops, and a fried egg on top.

Enjoy your homemade Labskaus and taste the flavors of Hamburg in your own home.

To make it easier to follow the recipe, here is a step-by-step video guide:

Hamburg Iconic Dish - Labskaus

And to give you a better idea of what the finished dish should look like, here is an image of Labskaus:

Hamburg Iconic Dish - Labskaus

Labskaus is a dish that has stood the test of time and remains a beloved part of Hamburg's food culture. With this recipe, you can experience the taste of this classic dish without having to leave your own kitchen.

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