Schmorgurken (German Stewed Cucumbers)

Schmorgurken is a traditional German dish made from a combination of cucumbers, bacon, potatoes, black pepper and cream.  Give it a try and you’ll be hooked!

Schmorgurken (German Stewed Cucumbers)

Schmorgurken (German Stewed Cucumbers)

(Courtesy: Jacqueline Letourneau)
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Servings 8 575


  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 European (seedless) cucumber
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 2-3 tsp black pepper
  • 3 lb white potatoes


  • Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut bacon into small pieces. Place bacon into a heavy saute pan and cook over medium heat until almost crispy.
  • While the bacon is cooking, peel cucumber and slice into ½" slices. Cut the slices into quarters and sprinkle generously with black pepper.
  • Peel potatoes, if desired, and cut into 2" cubes. Place potatoes in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until tender but not falling apart, 7-10 minutes. Drain and return to pot and cover to keep the potatoes warm.
  • Add cucumbers to the saute pan and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Turn heat to medium-low and add cream. Allow the cream to heat through.
  • Put one serving of potatoes onto a plate and fork mash. Cover with bacon/cucumber mixture and serve immediately.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Keyword cooked cucumbers, European cucumbers, German cuisine, German food, Schmorgurken, stewed cucumber


Did you know?  Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin K and are high in water content to promote hydration and make you feel full longer!  Check out the facts here!

Suggestion:  Love cucumbers?  Buy an extra one to make this fresh cucumber sandwich spread.

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