Brandenburg pickled cucumbers

Schmorgurken are a simple but very popular recipe in the state of Brandenburg. Again, recipes vary somewhat. But ingredients are always thick cucumbers, bacon greaves and a meat broth. Traditionally, it is served with mashed potatoes. Especially in summer during the cucumber season it is offered a lot also in restaurants and inns.

The recipes come with friendly permission from the book ” Original Spreewälder Gurkenrezepte” from Karl-Heinz Starick from Lehde.

Braised cucumbers recipe

Recipe braised cucumbers Spreewald style

Schmorgurken are a popular recipe throughout Brandenburg.
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Course: main dish, main dish
Cuisine: Brandenburg, Brandenburg
Keyword: savoury, savoury
Difficulty: Experienced, Practised
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 Persons

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 1 kg braised cucumbers/mustard cucumbers 
  • 250 ml meat broth
  • 1 tsp potato starch
  • 40 g bacon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 onien
  • 1 tsp flour
  • Pepper, salt, vinegar


  • Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Divide the halves into finger-length and two-finger-wide pieces.
  • Salt, drizzle with vinegar and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes. 
  • Cook the cucumbers with juice, meat broth and onion.
  • Fry diced bacon and remove fried cracklings from pan.
  • In the fat, brown the sugar and flour, add the cucumber broth and boil well. Season to taste with pepper and salt.
  • If the sauce is too thin, mix the potato starch in some cold water and thicken the sauce with it.

Tips & Hints

Arrange the cucumber pieces with the sauce on plates.


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