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Königsberger Klopse
Königsberger Klopse
Alternative namesSoßklopse
Place of originEast Prussia and Germany
Main ingredientsMinced meat (traditionally veal, alternatively beef or pork)
Ingredients generally usedWhite sauce with capers

Königsberger Klopse (German pronunciation: [ˌkøːnɪçsbɛʁɡɐ ˈklɔpsə]), also known as Soßklopse, are a German specialty of meatballs in a creamy white sauce with capers.[1]


The dish is named for the former German city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia), and is one of the highlights of historical East Prussian cuisine. In the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the dish was officially called Kochklopse ("boiled meatballs") to avoid any reference to its namesake city, which in the aftermath of World War II had been annexed by the Soviet Union. The city's German inhabitants had been expelled, and the city had been repopulated with Russians and other Soviet citizens and renamed after Mikhail Kalinin, a close ally of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet leadership. Königsberger Klopse were jokingly referred to as Revanchistenklopse.[2] Königsberger Klopse are still a popular dish in present-day Germany.

Königsberger Klopse

In 2022, it was featured on CNN as one of the best German dishes. [3]


The meatballs are made from very finely minced veal, though less expensive beef or pork is often substituted, along with onions, eggs, a few (white) bread crumbs, and spices, chiefly white pepper. The traditional recipe uses anchovy.[4] If herring is substituted, the dish is called Rostocker Klopse. If both anchovy and herring are omitted, it may be generically called Soßklopse (sauced meatballs).

The meatballs are carefully simmered in salt water, and the resulting broth is mixed with roux, cream, and egg yolk to which capers are added. A simpler version of the recipe thickens the sauce with flour or starch only, omitting the egg yolk. A refined version uses only egg yolk as a thickener. Capers are an essential ingredient in all these versions.

The dish is traditionally served with beetroot and boiled potatoes or, less often, with rice.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Königsberger Klopse (German Meatballs in white caper sauce)".
  2. ^ Peter Peter: Kulturgeschichte der deutschen Küche, C.H.Beck 2008, ISBN 3-406-57224-3
  3. ^ Krueger, Marcel (3 October 2022). "20 best German foods". CNN.
  4. ^ Recipe
  5. ^ The dish in a good restaurant