Bitterballen Brilliance: Dutch Croquettes Unveiled

Dish recipes: Bitterballen

Step into the world of Dutch culinary elegance with our Bitterballen recipe. These golden, crispy bites filled with a savory ragout are a beloved Dutch snack, perfect for sharing moments of joy and flavor. Join us in recreating the magic of this Dutch classic at home.


2 cups (500ml) Beef or Chicken Broth

1 cup (125g) All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup (125g) Unsalted Butter

1 cup (250ml) Whole Milk

1 cup (150g) Cooked Shredded Beef or Chicken

1/4 cup (30g) Onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

Breadcrumbs for coating

2 Eggs, beaten

Vegetable Oil for frying


Prepare the Roux:

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until a smooth roux forms. Gradually add beef or chicken broth, stirring continuously. Pour in the milk and keep stirring until the mixture thickens.

Create the Filling:

Sauté finely chopped onions until translucent. Add shredded beef or chicken to the pan. Combine the meat mixture with the prepared roux. Add fresh parsley, salt, and pepper. Allow the ragout to cool.

Shape and Coat:

Once the ragout has cooled, shape small portions into balls. Roll each ball in beaten eggs and coat with breadcrumbs.

Fry to Perfection:

Heat vegetable oil in a pan. Fry the coated bitterballen until golden brown.


Serve Bitterballen hot with your favorite dipping sauce. Share the joy of these crispy Dutch croquettes with friends and family.

Bitterballen, with their crunchy exterior and luscious filling, encapsulate the essence of Dutch snack culture a must-try for those seeking a taste of Netherlands at home.