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Vegan Bread Dumplings

Bread Dumplings are traditional Austrian dumplings made with dried bread cubes. Traditionally, old, stale bread was used. These dumplings are often served with goulash or other creamy stews or sauces.

Vegan Bread Dumplings

Bread Dumplings, in german Semmelknödel, are a typically Austrian/Bavarian food. They are often used as a side dish with stews, goulash or eaten with other kinds of saucy dishes.

I love to make them especially for festive events like Thanksgiving or Christmas. They are also a very suitable side dish for seitan roasts!

Traditionally, they were made out of old, stale white bread, but nowadays store-bought dried bread cubes are usually used for these dumplings. Bread Dumplings are such a comfort dish. I know, they are not the prettiest, but they are damn tasty! 

How to make Bread Dumplings

The ingredients

You will need:

  • dried bread cubes (or stale white bread, cubed)
  • unsweetened plant-based milk
  • oil
  • onion
  • garlic
  • caraway seeds seeds
  • parsley
  • salt

The basic steps

onions in pan

Step 1: Cook onion and garlic until soft. Add the whole caraway seeds.

bread cubes, onions, and parsley for bread dumplings

Step 2: Pour the plant-based milk over the bread cubes. Let them soak. Then add the onion-garlic-mixture, parsley, and salt.

forming bread dumplings

Step 3: Use your beautiful hands to form the dumplings. Try not to press too much, but enough so that they stay in their shape. I’ve got 8 dumplings.

steaming bread dumplings

Step 4: Place the dumplings into a steamer or steaming basket (whatever you have). Let them steam for about 15-20 minutes. If you’ve made larger dumplings, give them more time in the steamer.

Tip: I’ve had the best results with steaming the bread dumplings. Many people boil them, but steaming is really the easiest method because you can’t really overcook them and they’re not that soggy afterward.

steaming bread dumplings

Step 5: This is what it looks like when the dumplings are done. They are soft to the touch. The parsley lost its color.

Vegan Bread Dumplings

Usually, I make these bread dumplings as a side dish for goulash, but this time I’ve made a simple lentil stew. (After learning about the health benefits of lentils, I’m trying to incorporate them more often into my diet. Hahaha! But more about that in future blog posts!)

Vegan Bread Dumplings

Serve these bread dumplings with…

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Vegan Bread Dumplings

Vegan Bread Dumplings

Elephantastic Vegan
Bread Dumplings are traditional Austrian dumplings made with dried bread cubes. Traditionally, old, stale bread was used. These dumplings are often served with goulash or other creamy stews or sauces.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Austrian, Vegan
Servings 8 dumplings
Calories 140 kcal


  • 6 cups dried bread cubes or stale white bread (cubed)
  • 1 1/4 cups rice milk unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Prepare your steamer. I heated a big pot of water with a steamer on top.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the dried bread cubes / cubed white bread and pour over the plant-based milk. Mix. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. The bread cubes should get softer.
  • Meanwhile, heat the canola oil in a pan and add the chopped onion, garlic, and caraway seeds. Cook until the onions are soft.
  • Then transfer the onion-garlic-mixture to the bread cubes, add the salt, chopped parsley, and mix well. Let it cool off for a couple of minutes until cold enough to handle.
  • Form bread dumplings with your hands. (Add more rice milk or if it doesn’t stick together.)
  • Place the dumplings into the steamer and let them steam for about 15-20 minutes. They will take longer if you're making larger dumplings.
  • Take them out and enjoy them for example with Homemade Pumpkin Goulash!


Calories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 525mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 2mg
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