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Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel

Got some kohlrabi and don’t know what to do with it? This Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel is the BEST choice! It’s a traditional Austrian dish made vegan!

Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel

I actually had to look up what Kohlrabi is called in English because I didn’t know and found that it is also called Kohlrabi, some say cabbage turnip or german turnip. Just so we can be sure we talk about the same vegetable :)

kohlrabi / german turnip / cabbage turnip

Kohlrabi Schnitzel is pretty common in the Austrian cuisine. So whenever kohlrabi is available at the farmers’ markets in the fall, I always make sure to buy it at least once per season and make this recipe.

Kohlrabi in schnitzel form is definitely my favorite way to eat kohlrabi! I know that you can eat kohlrabi raw, or in soups, but come on, schnitzel is THE way to go! Anything is better when it’s breaded and fried until golden.

I remember that my grandmother used to make these sometimes but I wasn’t the biggest fan of vegetables then, so I couldn’t appreciate them.

Fun fact: 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 give kohlrabi another chance and I was not disappointed.

I also added some white sesame seeds into the breadcrumbs – which makes it even more delicious!

How to make Kohlrabi Schnitzel

The ingredients & possible substitutions

You’ll need:

  • 1 large kohlrabi
  • frying oil
  • for the egg replacement:
    • all-purpose flour (you can use soy flour or besan flour for a gluten-free version)
    • water
    • salt
  • for the breading:
    • all-purpose flour
    • fine breadcrumbs
    • panko flakes (I like to use a combination of flour, fine breadcrumbs, and panko flakes for a richer texture, but you can omit the panko and just use more fine breadcrumbs)
    • salt
    • paprika powder
    • sesame seeds (obviously not essential but nice to add!)

The basic steps

kohlrabi slice
Step 1: Cut the kohlrabi into slices and remove the skin with a vegetable peeler.
kohlrabi slices boiling in pot
Step 2: Boil them in water until they are translucent in the center.
kohlrabi breading station
Step 3: Mix the egg replacement and breading in separate bowls. Put the cooked kohlrabi slices on kitchen paper to remove excess water.
kohlrabi slice in batter
Step 4: Dip the kohlrabi slice in the egg replacement first.
breaded kohlrabi slices
Step 5: Then coat the kohlrabi slice in the breading.
kohlrabi schnitzel in pan
Step 6: Fry them in a pan…
kohlrabi schnitzel in pan
… on both sides until brown and crispy.
Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel
Kohlrabi Schnitzel with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam

Serve Kohlrabi Schnitzel with…

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

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Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel

Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel

Elephantastic Vegan
Got some kohlrabi and don't know what to do with it? This Vegan Kohlrabi Schnitzel is the BEST choice! It's a traditional Austrian dish made vegan!
4.08 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian, Vegan
Servings 2 people
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)
  • 1/2 cup water add it bit by bit until you reach a thin batter consistency
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Remove any leaves from the kohlrabi and wash the kohlrabi. Cut the kohlrabi into 4-6 slices (about 1/3 inch). Peel off the outer layer with a veggie peeler.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add the kohlrabi slices. Let them cook for about 10 minutes. They should start to get translucent in the center. Then drain, place them on paper towels to remove excess water and set aside to cool off.
  • 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, dip them first in the egg replacement, then coat them in the breading.
  • In a large pan, heat the frying oil (the bottom should be covered with oil) and add in the breaded Kohlrabi Schnitzel. Fry them on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side. They should be golden and crispy on both sides.
  • After frying, put them on a paper towel to remove excess oil and enjoy!


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


Sunday 27th of November 2022

Thanks for the recipe, made it today! I'm not 100% sold on the flavour with mashed potato, but I'll try it in a burger tomorrow. In any case, I'm happy to have finally succeeded in breading (previously just dipped things in oat milk for egg replacement, but this works so much better)!


Sunday 21st of August 2022

Just made these tonight and they were delicious! All my kids devoured them. I didn’t know what to do with a heap of kohlrabi that I kept getting in my veggie box … now I know!! Thank you


Friday 28th of May 2021

I got some kohlrabi in my CSA share and didn't know what to do with it. This blew me away. It was so tasty. I grew up loving breaded and fried yellow squash, but I think kohlrabi tops it in flavor. Thanks!


Thursday 13th of May 2021

Really nice. Thank you.


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! :)