How is this rice dish are called in German?


What is Reisfleisch?

Reisfleisch is a German rice based dish which is originally made with Schmalzfleisch. In this recipe I use corned beef instead as Schmalzfleisch is difficult to get in the U.S. But the taste is equally great.

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German “Reisfleisch” Rice Dish

This German rice dish is a quick and hearty dish for cold winter days. It is easy to prepare and can make in advanced if you need a fast meal.

The special twist to this dish are the pickled bell peppers.

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German Rice Dish Reisfleisch Recipe

German Rice Dish - Reisfleisch

Angela Schofield
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Servings 8
Calories 349 kcal


  • 2 12 oz. cans corned beef
  • 2 16 oz. jars roasted bell peppers
  • 2 large onions
  • 1/2 tbsp. garlic paste or 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. instant chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. paprika powder
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. black coarse pepper
  • 3 cups long grain rice
  • 4 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups juice from the drained bell peppers
  • 1 shot glass white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas


  • Drain the bell peppers and set the juice aside.
  • Cube the onions roughly.
  • In a large pot heat oil and butter on medium heat.
  • Fry the onions until translucent.
  • Add garlic paste, spices and tomato paste.
  • Mix well and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the rice and fry again for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the water and the bell pepper juice and stir well.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  • In the meantime, cut bell pepper and corned beef into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add bell pepper, corned beef and the shot of white wine vinegar to the pot.
  • Stir well, taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and let sit on lowest temperature for about 20-30 min.
  • Add the frozen peas and let sit of a couple of minutes.

Serving Tip: 

Serve this German rice dish as is or with a side salad.

Reisfleisch is usually made with parboiled rice, but you also can use other kinds of rice variations like brown rice or basmati rice.