zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

How to Pan-Fry Pierogies

by
author image Amelia Allonsy
A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.
How to Pan-Fry Pierogies
How to Pan-Fry Pierogies Photo Credit Laine Girard/Demand Media

Pierogies, Polish dumplings typically filled with creamy potatoes, can be boiled, baked or steamed, but pan-frying makes the pasta exterior crispy so it contrasts well with the creamy filling. The potato filling is often accompanied with other ingredients, such as cheese, onions or traditional sauerkraut. There are virtually unlimited ways to serve pan-fried pierogies, whether topped with grilled onions and mushrooms, or served with sour cream or marinara dipping sauce on the side. The pierogi-making process is similar to making ravioli or Chinese dumplings, but you can save time by purchasing frozen pierogies in your grocer's freezer.

Step 1

How to Pan-Fry Pierogies
Photo Credit Laine Girard/Demand Media

Remove frozen pierogies from their packaging and place them in a bowl with hot water for about 3 minutes, or until defrosted. The pasta exterior should soften and plump up a bit. Drain the water and blot the pierogies with paper towels to dry the surface. A brief soak in hot water mimics homemade pierogies, which are boiled in water and blotted dry before frying, baking or steaming.

You Might Also Like

Step 2

How to Pan-Fry Pierogies
Photo Credit Laine Girard/Demand Media

Line the bottom of a skillet with a cooking oil that has a high smoking point, such as olive oil or coconut oil, both of which are considered healthy fats. You shouldn't need more than 3 or 4 tablespoons of oil, depending on the skillet size, as the oil shouldn't be deeper than the thickness of the pasta lip around the pierogies.

Step 3

How to Pan-Fry Pierogies
Photo Credit Laine Girard/Demand Media

Preheat the oil over medium-high heat. The oil is ready for cooking when a drop of water sizzles and evaporates quickly.

Step 4

How to Pan-Fry Pierogies
Photo Credit Laine Girard/Demand Media

Place the pierogies in the pan in a single layer with a small space in between each piece. If the pierogies have a flat side, set them in the pan with the flat side down.

Step 5

How to Pan-Fry Pierogies
Photo Credit Laine Girard/Demand Media

Fry the pierogies for about 4 minutes on the first side or until golden brown and crisp. Flip the pierogies and fry the second side for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until crisp.

Step 6

How to Pan-Fry Pierogies
Photo Credit Laine Girard/Demand Media

Drain the pierogies on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Serve immediately.

Related Searches

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

References

Demand Media