Pierogies, the delightful Polish dumplings, have gained immense popularity worldwide for their delicious fillings and versatility. Whether you have fresh or frozen pierogies on hand, there are various cooking methods to choose from. In this article, we’ll explore how to cook pierogies ( fresh & frozen ) in 6 different ways.
1. How To Cook Pierogies on the Stove
1.1. How To Boil Pierogies
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil.
Add salt to taste (about a teaspoon per quart of water) and stir.
Gently drop the pierogies into the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes (fresh) or 6-8 minutes (frozen) until they float to the surface.
Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the water and serve with your favorite toppings.
1.2. How To Steam Pierogies
Place a steamer basket over a pot filled with 1-2 inches of water.
Arrange the pierogies in the steamer basket, making sure they don’t touch each other.
Cover and steam for about 6-8 minutes (fresh) or 10-12 minutes (frozen) until they’re tender.
Serve with your desired sauce or toppings.
1.3. How To Sauté Pierogies
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of butter or oil.
Place the pierogies in the pan in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd them.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side until they turn golden brown and crispy.
Serve with onions, sour cream, or any other toppings you prefer.
1.4. How To Deep Fry Pierogies
Heat a pot of vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C).
Carefully add the pierogies to the hot oil using a slotted spoon or basket, ensuring they are not crowded.
Fry for 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy.
Remove the pierogies from the oil and drain them on paper towels before serving.
2. How To Bake Pierogies
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Arrange the pierogies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush them lightly with melted butter or oil.
Bake for 20-25 minutes (fresh) or 25-30 minutes (frozen) until they are golden brown and cooked through.
Serve with your favorite sauce or toppings.
3. How To Cook Pierogies in Air Fryer
Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
Arrange the pierogies in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
Lightly spray or brush them with oil to promote browning.
Cook for 10-12 minutes (fresh) or 12-15 minutes (frozen) until they are crispy and heated through.
Serve with your with sour cream, caramelized onions then sprinkle grated cheese and bacon pieces
4. How To Cook Pierogies in Microwave
Place the pierogies on a microwave-safe plate.
Cover them with a damp paper towel or microwave-safe lid.
Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes (fresh) or 4-5 minutes (frozen) until they are hot and tender.
Be cautious when removing them from the microwave as they can be very hot.
5. How To Grill Pierogies
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
Brush the pierogies with oil to prevent sticking.
Place them directly on the grill grates and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until they have grill marks and are heated through.
Serve with grilled onions or your preferred toppings.
6. How To Cook Pierogies in Crock Pot
Place fresh or frozen pierogies in the crock pot.
Add broth or sauce of your choice, enough to cover the pierogies.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until they are tender and fully cooked.
Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Pierogies are a versatile and delicious dish that can be prepared in various ways. I hope that after reading this article, you know how to cook fresh and frozen pierogies properly and can enjoy these delectable dumplings at home