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Kohlrabi Schnitzel

Recipe for a vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel with crushed toasted pumpkin seeds in the breadcrumb coating. It’s a traditional Austrian dish made vegan!

Kohlrabi Schnitzel

I had to look up was Kohlrabi was in English, because I didn’t know and found that it is also called Kohlrabi, some say cabbage turnip or german turnip.

My Austrian instinct totally came through in this recipe – I mean – Schnitzel anyone? It is such a great way to prepare Kohlrabi and I liked it a lot!

I added some crushed pumpkin seeds and white sesame seeds into the breadcrumbs – delicious!


kohlrabi / german turnip / cabbage turnip

Serve Kohlrabi Schnitzel with…

I ate it with parboiled rice and salad and the combination was great. Although the classic sides of rice and potatoes would be awesome as well (these are my go-to-sides for vegan schnitzel made with TVP).

This breaded Kohlrabi Schnitzel is also absolutely delicious in a burger! Check out the Kohlrabi Schnitzel Burger I made!

Kohlrabi Schnitzel Burger

Kohlrabi Schnitzel Burger

Kohlrabi Schnitzel

I think I’ve never had Kohlrabi Schnitzel before, although it is not an unusual dish in Austria. I remember that my grandmother used to make these sometimes but I wasn’t the biggest fan of vegetables. Actually, I didn’t eat most vegetables until I was 17! Can you believe it?! Now I couldn’t live without veggies. I’m rediscovering a lot of different vegetables right now and I love to eat seasonally so of course, I had to try it.

Kohlrabi Schnitzel

Kohlrabi Schnitzel

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for a vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel, Kohlrabi slices breaded in Breadcrumbs. One large Kohlrabi resulted in 7 Kohlrabi Schnitzel and we ate two for dinner per person (and the rest later in the evening).
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian, Vegan
Servings 2
Calories 171 kcal


  • 1 large kohlrabi
  • frying oil

Egg replacement

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (you can sub it with besan or soy flour)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • a few crushed pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)


  • Take any additional leaves off the kohlrabi and wash it. Cut the kohlrabi in 4-6 slices (about 1/3 inch) and around the slices with a veggie peeler to remove the outer layer.
  • In a large pot bring water to a boil and add the kohlrabi slices. Let them cook for about 8 minutes. Then drain and set aside to cool off.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the ingredients for the egg replacement. It should have an egg-like consistency, you might have to add more water or flour to achieve that.
  • In another bowl, combine the ingredients for the breading.
  • When the kohlrabi slices are cold enough to handle, coat them first in the egg replacement, then in the breading and set them aside.
  • In a large pan heat the frying oil (the bottom should be covered with oil) and add in the Kohlrabi Schnitzel. Let them fry on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side. They should be golden on both sides.
  • After frying, put them on a paper towel to remove excess oil and enjoy!


The Kohlrabi Schnitzel is great with rice or cooked potatoes, salad or in a bun!


Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1252mgPotassium: 324mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 520IUVitamin C: 46.5mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1.7mg
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Kohlrabi Schnitzel

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Saturday 7th of July 2018

This was SUCH a simple and delicious recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. I went vegan and have had a hard time convincing my partner to join... he loved these! Super yummy!!


Tuesday 10th of July 2018

I'm so glad you both enjoyed these, Abby! :)


Monday 7th of December 2015

Great recipe! Did you peel the kohlrabi first?


Monday 7th of December 2015

Thank you so much, Lauren! yes, I did. I usually find it the easiest when you cut the kohlrabi in slices first and then go around the slices with a vegetable peeler to get rid of the outer layer.


Monday 31st of August 2015

I found this recipe doing a kohlrabi search on Pinterest. My husband and I loved it and it was super simple! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!


Monday 31st of August 2015

Oh how great! I'm so happy you and your husband enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, Laura!


Sunday 5th of April 2015

What a cool recipe! It must be great to rediscover a vegan-friendly dish from your childhood.


Monday 6th of April 2015

Yes! As a kid I didn't like most vegetables and now I'm rediscovering everything that I've missed :)

Audrey @ Unconventional Baker

Sunday 5th of April 2015

This is such a cool idea, Bianca! I've never thought to make a kohlrabi schnitzel :) I love it. Will definitely have to try it sometime, especially because kohlrabi is both a super cool and super neglected veggie :)