Polish cuisine

Polish cuisine is full of flavor, history and tradition. The richness of culinary experience passed down from generation to generation makes Polish cuisine one of the best known and appreciated in the world. Here are some of the most characteristic dishes of Polish cuisine.

1. Pierogi – the most popular dish of Polish cuisine


Pierogi are the undisputed symbol of Polish cuisine. They are pieces of thin dough that are filled with a variety of fillings, such as meat, cabbage and mushrooms, cheese or fruit. This dough is then arranged by hand in the form of a pocket, so as to enclose the stuffing inside. Dumplings can be served boiled, fried or baked. They are most often served with sour cream and fried onions.

2. Bigos – a traditional Polish dish


Bigos is one of the most traditional Polish dishes. This dish consists of sauerkraut, meat (usually pork or beef), sausage, mushrooms, onions and spices. Sometimes a dried plum is also added. Bigos is cooked on low heat for long hours, which makes the flavors blend perfectly. 

3. Barszcz Czerwony z Uszkami – a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dish


Red borscht with ravioli is a traditional Polish dish that is eaten on Christmas Eve. This red borscht is fully vegetarian, prepared with vegetable broth and dried mushroom stock. An important ingredient here is also beet sourdough, which makes the borscht mildly sour. The soup is served with traditional uszki; – small dumplings filled with mushrooms or cabbage.

4. Kotlet Schabowy – Polish version of Wiener schnitzel


It is a cutlet of pork (pork loin), breaded in breadcrumbs and fried in lard. This dish is very reminiscent of the famous Wiener schnitzel.

5. Rosół – the most famous Polish soup


Broth, is a soup made from chicken stock (sometimes also beef). The meat should boil for several hours in a pot, with the addition of vegetables such as carrots, celery, parsley and spices. The longer this broth is cooked, the more flavor the soup will have. The broth’s delicate flavor and rich aroma are the basis for many other dishes, such as tomato soup. In addition, broth is also an excellent remedy for any illness.

6. Żurek – a typical Polish Easter soup

Sour soup is a sour soup based on rye sourdough, with the addition of bacon, sausage, potatoes, eggs and sour cream. It’s a popular dish that is often served with a hard-boiled egg and a slice of bacon, giving it a unique flavor and aroma. This Polish dish is most often eaten at Easter.

7. Pączki – a Polish sweet delicacy


Pączki are a traditional sweet of Polish cuisine most often associated with the Polish holiday – Fat Thursday. They are made from yeast dough, then kneaded into a ball shape, filled with a filling (usually marmalade, cheese, pudding, chocolate) and fried in deep fat. Often after frying, the doughnuts are coated with icing or sprinkled with powdered sugar.



Polish cuisine is a wealth of flavors, traditions and history that reflects the country’s centuries- old culture and heritage. The dishes listed above are just a few examples of the unique flavors that are loved by Poles and appreciated by gourmets around the world. However, the real magic of Polish cuisine lies in its diversity and endless opportunities to experiment with raditional recipes.