Here's an easy German Rouladen recipe, but with a twist. Use your air fryer to get a crispy flank steak roll, with all of the flavors of a classic rouladen, but not the hours-long braise times.
I know I make a lot of recipes from all over the world. I feel like the best way to live, is to experience all the good that the world has to offer us--and food is definitely part of the good that the world offers us.
I may deviate while cooking these recipes and not always go the traditional route, as I did with this German Rouladen, however, the concept of the recipe is still the same even if the way I go about it is a little different than what tradition calls for.
I love knowing where food comes from and how it was created in the first place. Sometimes, knowing the origin of the food will help you understand even more about why or how the recipe is made the way the way it is. This German Rouladen is a delicious dish that's a must-try. Especially if you enjoy trying deviations from traditional recipes.
Why You'll Love This German Rouladen
- Fast. Make this rouladen recipe in under 30 minutes with the help of your air fryer.
- Easy. Make the sauce, prepare the rouladen, air fry, and serve!
- Low Carb. Only 8 net carbs per serving.
- Flavorful. Between the bacon and the delicious sauce, your tastebuds will be singing for joy.
I mean, beef, bacon, and other yummies rolled up into a cute little package—how could you resist?
What Makes This Recipe So Easy?
A typical rouladen involves a long, slow braise. This version gives you an entirely new dish, albeit with the same ingredients. It’s a great example of how you can change the taste of foods entirely, just by changing how you cook them.
There is no braising in my recipe. It's all air fried and cooked quickly. Given that, I am sure some of you will question whether I should even legitimately call this a rouladen, much less a German Rouladen. But yes. I think I will, just because it's at least a name and a concept that's familiar to many of us.
I like to make things easy for all of us. So unlike traditional recipes, I also don’t pound that meat at all for this German Rouladen.
What Is Rouladen?
The word "rouladen" is just French for "to roll." In other words, German Rouladen literally translates into German roll.
The origin of this dish is unknown but, it's always used a cheaper slice of beef and included onions, bacon, mustard, and pickles-almost like steak roll sandwich.
However, I have adjusted mine to a different version, so not all of these ingredients are used but, it still tastes absolutely delicious and I think you'll love it.
What Cut Of Meat Is A Rouladen?
Traditionally you would use thin slices of top round roast. Since I use flank steak for many of my other recipes, I tend to keep it in my refrigerator. So, for my rendition of German rouladen I used flank steak.
Ingredients You'll Need
While this list of ingredients may seem daunting at first glance, most of them are kitchen staples. Even if you have to run out and grab a few extra things to make this dish, I guarantee the flavor will make up for any inconvenience this may be.
For the Sauce
For the Steak
How To Make Rouladen
- Mix together sliced onions, salt, and pepper.
- Cook the onions in the air fryer.
- Once the onions are cooked, set aside half of them to use in the steak roll. Put the rest of the onions in a bowl and mix them with the sour cream, tomato paste, chopped pickles, and parsley. Use water to thin the sauce if desired.
- Spread the mustard on the meat. Layer on the bacon slices, remaining grilled onion, and parsley. Sprinkle with some ground pepper.
- Roll up the steak as tightly as you can, ending seam side down. Cut the roll in half so it fits into your air fryer basket.
- Cook the rolled steak in your air fryer until it has reached an internal temperature of 145°F.
- Serve with sauce and enjoy!
What Do You Serve With Rouladen?
When trying to find something to serve with this rouladen recipe, your possibilities are virtually endless. It's a flavorful protein that pairs well with so many things. Here are a few of my favorite things to serve with it:
- Keto Broccoli Salad
- Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Air Fryer Corn On The Cob
- Cheesy Potatoes
- Roasted Ratatouille
How Long Does It Last?
If this seems like a large meal for the number of people you have to feed, don't worry! This rouladen recipe reheats easily without sacrificing flavor or texture.
For best results reheat any leftovers in the air fryer within 3-5 days.
Want More Delicious German Recipes?
Check out my Instant Pot Sauerbraten. Typically this dish takes hours to make, but thanks to your handy dandy instant pot it's done in about an hour!
Another delicious German recipe of mine is my Instant Pot Sauerkraut Soup recipe! It's delightfully filling, gluten-free, and really easy to make!
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For the Sauce
- In a small bowl mix together sliced onions, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Set the air fryer to 400F for 5-8 minutes.
- When the onions are cooked, set aside half the onions to use in the steak roll. Put the rest of the onions in a small bowl and mix them with the sour cream, tomato paste, chopped pickles, and 2 teaspoons of parsley. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if you need to thin the sauce.
- For the Rolls: Lightly spread the mustard on the meat. Follow with the bacon slices, reserved grilled onion and parsley. Sprinkle a little ground pepper on top. Roll up the steak as tightly as you can, ending seam side down. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll in half so that you can better fit it into your air fryer basket.
- Set your air fryer to 400F for 8-10 minutes, or until your steak has reached an internal temperature of 145°F. It is critical to not overcook skirt steak, so as to not toughen the meat.
- Serve with the sauce.