German and South African meat cuts are not similar.
South Africa tends to follow the British way of cutting meat
German beef cuts
- Rinderhals, Kamm or Nacken (Chuck steak)
- Querrippe (Short ribs)
- Rinderbrust (Brisket)
- Hochrippe or Fehlrippe (Standing rib roast)
- Vorderrippe or hohes Roastbeef
- Rostbraten or flaches Roastbeef
5. & 6. together are the Roastbeef or Zwischenrippenstück
- Filet (Fillet)
- Spannrippe or Knochendünnung
- Dünnung or Bauchlappen (flank steak)
- Falsches Filet, Schulter, Bug or Schaufel (shoulder)
- Oberschale, Unterschale and Nuss
- Flanke, Schliem or Rindfleisch
- Hüfte mit Hüftsteak and Schwanzstück or Tafelspitz (Top sirloin))
- Hesse or Wade (Beef shank)
- Schwanz or Ochsenschwanz (Oxtail)
German Beef cuts downloadable file
Where to buy meat
Most people buy lamb at their local Turkish butcher, or at Italian Food stores that have a butchery.
For lamb and other meat cuts you can try Selgros or Metro (need a customer card), or support your local butchery.
Shops like Rewe and Edeka have their own butchery section, and if you want a specific cut you can pre-order it from them
For Boerewors and Biltong look at the listings on our website.
You can also buy meat online. I found the following online shops, but have not personally used them so can only add them as suggestions.
Most of these also sell Venison
- Ihr Online Metzger
- Don Carne
- Gourmet Fleisch
- Otto Gourmet
- Mein Bauernhof – direct from farmers in your region. Beef, Lamb, Veal, Chicken and Fish. Also milk, eggs and vegetables
- Waldgourmet (Venison)
- Grüne Bauern – Bio Meat delivered to your home. They also have Lamb
- Waldfleisch – App to buy Regional Venison
Here is a list of translations and some additional information about meat and fish in Germany.
Product Substitute & Translation
“Sardine” and “pilchard” are common names used to refer to various small, oily forage fish in the herring family Clupeidae. – Wikipedia. Herring also belongs to this family
Sardellen is smaller than Sardinen (Pilchards). They are not longer than 20 cm.
When they are found in salty or sweet-sour lakes they are called Anchovies in Europe
Anchovies Anchovis or Sardellen that are found in salty or sweet-sour lakes are called Anchovies in Europe
Salmon Der Lachs
Mackerel Die Makrele
Dorado Der Schwertfisch
Sole Die Seezunge
Hake Der Seehecht or Der Hechdorsch
Cape horse mackerel Die Bastard- oder Holzmakrele (Trachurus trachurus), auch Stöcker oder Suri genannt
Fish Fingers Die Fishstäbchen
Seafood Die Meeresfrüchte
Mussels Die Miesmuschel
Scallops Die Jakobsmuschel
Clams Venusmuscheln or Vongole
Crayfish Die Flusskrebse or Die Langusten
Langoustines Die Langusten
King prawns Die Hummerkrabben or Die Riesengarnelen
Prawns Die Garnalen.
Shrimps Tiefseegarnalen or Grönlandshrimps or just shrimps or Nordseekrabbe
Lobster Das Hummer
Calamari/Squid Der Tintenfish or Die Calamares. Fried Calamari is Frittierter Tintenfish
Oysters Die Austern
Crab Die Krabben
Lamb Shank Die Lammhaxe. Lamb is not very popular in Germany. The German lamb also tastes very different from a Karoo tjoppie.
You can sometimes get frozen New-Zealand lamb.
Some Italian Deli’s also sell very good lamb, and they will cut if to your liking.
I have seen frozen Lamb shank in Lidl, but it is also seasonal.
Mince Das Hackfleisch
Ribeye Steak It is known as Entrecôte. Also know as Scotch Fillet
Cuts of Beef Here is a list of the different cuts of beef. They do not list South Africa but we follow the same cuts as the British. You can compare the German cuts
Cuts good for Biltong Silverside( Tafelstück) or Topside (Schale)
Offal/Afval die Innereien
Caul fat / Netvet Fettnetz
Kidneys die Nieren
Liver die Leber
Stomach die Magen
Bacon Finding back, shoulder or lean Bacon can be a real challenge. The best options are the English Bacon you sometimes get at Kaufland or their “Frühstucksspeck nach Amerikanischer Art”. Rewe also sells English Bacon. Metro sells “streaky” bacon. You can also buy online for example at Geordie’s
Pork Sausages (Eskort) Info from Eskort – Ingredients: Pork (minimum pork content 75%, maximum fat content 22%), Water, Cereal (Maize), Salt, Phosphates, MSG (Flavour enhancer), Sodium erythorbate, Flavours, Preservative (Sodium sulphate).
A good substitute is Nürnberger Bratwurst
or Krakauer (might have Beef in as well). you can also buy online at British shops for example British Shop EU