How to Cook Pierogies: Six Different Ways to Enjoy This Polish Treat

Pierogi is one of the most iconic Polish dishes. What makes it so versatile is the fact that it can be cooked in different ways. Depending on your personal preference, you can learn how to cook pierogies by frying, baking, boiling, steaming, and many other methods.

#1: How to Cook Pierogies by Boiling

This is a popular way to enjoy the dish especially for fitness lovers. Boiling adds zero calories to the meal. You get a delicate and soft output, which is the classic way of enjoying pierogi.

how to cook pierogies by boiling

1. Keep pierogi frozen - don’t thaw it.

2. Add some sea salt to a pot of water. Bring to a boil.

3. You can drop six to 12 frozen pierogies at a time. Just be sure there’s sufficient room in the pot so that the pierogies don’t touch.

4. Stir carefully to avoid having them stick to the pot.

5. Do not cover the pot with a lid.

6. Watch as the pierogies begin to rise to the surface of the boiling water. When this occurs, cook for about two more minutes (you can adjust this depending on what texture you want).

7. Once done, take them out one by one using a slotted spoon. Place each on a plate.

8. Serve with some butter or olive oil. You can top them with caramelized onion or with a sour cream side dip.

#2: How to Cook Pierogies by Sauteing

How to how to cook pierogies by sauteing

This is another popular way to cook pierogies. You can add leeks, garlic, onions, sausages, and anything you prefer to create your own flavor. This is different from frying because you only need a bit of oil and you don’t have to submerge them in fat. If you are health-conscious, use avocado oil or rice bran oil because these varieties have a high smoke point (they can withstand high levels of cooking heat).

1. Follow the same instructions above to boil the pierogi first.

2. Let it rest on a plate for a while.

3. Drizzle some oil on a nonstick pan. Turn on heat to Low.

4. Add your onions, garlic, leek, or other ingredients that you want.

5. Saute until slightly brown.

6. You can wait until the onions are caramelized, and then add salt.

7. Finally, toss in the pierogi and saute everything together.

8. Flip on each side until the whole pierogi is brown.

9. Serve and enjoy!

#3: How to Make Breaded Pierogies

This is a good way to satisfy a crispy pierogi fix. You can experiment as you see fit, but our favorites are meat and cabbage flavors for this particular method.

how to cook pierogies by bread

1. Follow boiling instructions, as mentioned earlier.

2. Let the pierogi rest and cool down.

3. In a bowl, mix several eggs. Make sure they are nice and fluffy.

4. In another bowl, pour in half a cup of breadcrumbs.

5. Prepare a big frying pan. Drizzle enough oil across the pan.

6. Turn on heat to High.

7. Dip your rested pierogi in the egg mixture.

8. Then dip into the bowl of breadcrumbs. Make sure they are well-coated on all sides.

9. Fry in the pan until crispy and brown on both sides.

#4: How to Cook Pierogies by Steaming

Health buffs will love this method. Not only is it super healthy, it also is a nice option if you’re in a hurry for a quick meal.

how to make breaded pierogies

1. Before steaming, saute some chopped onions, leek, sage, salt and pepper with some oil. Use medium heat until done.

2. Once done, spread the vegetables evenly in the pan.

3. Then add about half a cup of water in the same pan.

4. Put frozen pierogi in the pan, on top of the water and vegetables.

5. Place a lid on and steam for ten minutes or until the water is all gone.

6. Try and taste one pierogi first. If it melts in your mouth, then it’s fully cooked. If it doesn’t, add some more liquid and steam for a few more minutes.

7. To serve, remove pierogi first and transfer on a dish. Then place the cooked vegetables on top.

#5: How to Cook Pierogies by Barbecuing

How to Cook Pierogies by Barbecuing

Sounds too good to be true? Try this method the next time you’re having a party!

1. First, boil the pierogi for a good 6 minutes. Let it rest and cool.

2. Remove from boiling water. Add lots of oil on top of the pierogi.

3. Make sure your barbecue is completely clean. Spray it with oil.

4. Turn on heat to Medium.

5. Place pierogi on the grill. Turn only ONCE.

6. Once done, place on a dish and serve with a topping of your choice.

#6: How to Cook Pierogies by Deep Frying

Polish ancestors may tell you to deep fry using bacon grease - and we absolutely love this idea. However, if you want a healthier way to go about the recipe, you can use other oils instead. Ones with high smoking points will do very well.

How to Cook Pierogies by Deep Frying

1. Boil pierogi as instructed earlier (method #1).

2. Let it cool on a dish.

3. In a deep pan, pour in sufficient oil for deep frying (halfway or all the way up)

4. Turn on heat.

5. When the oil is hot and ready, submerge the pierogi for a couple of minutes.

6. Toss and turn them until all sides are nicely brown.

7. Drain any excess oil using a strainer or some kitchen towel to soak excess grease.

8. Serve and enjoy!

There you go! Which of these six methods was your favorite way of enjoying how to cook pierogies?

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