5 luxurious recipes for Hungarian paprika (paprik sauce)! Enjoy the version with or without meat

Unrivaled! This is exactly how we can describe these paprikash recipes.

The recipes are simple, quick and everyone will enjoy them.

Prepare this popular Hungarian dish in your kitchen and enjoy it together with fluffy homemade yeast dumplings, homemade gnocchi or flawless mashed potatoes.

You can find that and much more in this article!

Chicken on paprika

This authentic chicken paprikash recipe is one of the most famous and popular Hungarian dishes ever. The combination of tender meat in a creamy and flavorful paprika cream sauce will conjure heaven in your mouth!

What will we need

  1. 2 tablespoons lard (or butter)
  2. 1.5 kg chicken with bones and skin (can also be boneless and skinless)
  3. 2 onions (very finely chopped)
  4. 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  5. 2 tomatoes (seeded and very finely diced)
  6. Red bell pepper (diced)
  7. 3 spoons of Hungarian paprika
  8. 500 ml of chicken stock
  9. 2 teaspoons of salt
  10. A teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  11. 3 tablespoons plain flour
  12. 170 g full-fat sour cream (room temperature)
  13. 60 ml thick whipping cream


  1. Heat the lard in a large saucepan
  2. Throw in the chicken and sear it on all sides
  3. Transfer the chicken pieces to a plate
  4. Add the onion to the lard and fry until golden brown
  5. Add garlic, tomatoes and pepper
  6. Stir and fry everything together for another 2-3 minutes
  7. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in paprika, salt and pepper
  8. Return the chicken to the pot and place the pot back on the stove
  9. Cover everything with chicken broth
  10. The chicken should be mostly submerged in the broth
  11. Bring the mixture to a boil in a pot
  12. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low
  13. We cook this way for approximately 40 minutes
  14. Remove the chicken and transfer to a plate
  15. Mix flour, sour cream and whipping cream in a small bowl
  16. We mix until we get a smooth paste
  17. Stir the cream mixture into the sauce, whisking constantly, so that no lumps form
  18. Bring the paprika sauce to a boil again for a few minutes until the sauce thickens
  19. Add salt and pepper to taste
  20. Return the chicken to the sauce and simmer to reheat
  21. Chicken paprikash is served with homemade leavened bun dumpling (for the recipe for homemade bun dumpling, go to the last recipe of the article) or serve it with gnocchi (see TIP)

The best side dish for this chicken paprikash recipe is none other than gnocchi! So that you don’t have to look anywhere, we have included this easy but tasty recipe for gnocchi. And how about cooking gnocchi with cabbage according to our recipe?

What will we need
1.5 kg of potatoes
125 g plain flour
125 g coarse flour
Peel the potatoes and grate them raw
We squeeze the excess water out of them and add salt and flour
Mix everything together
A thick dough will form (like for potato pancakes)
We start boiling salted water
When the water boils, we start putting pieces of dough into it
Cook dumplings for 5-7 minutes until they float to the surface
Drain them and serve with chicken paprikash

Cream sauce made from peppers and tomatoes, poured over chicken.
Source: globallyflavored.com

Paprika from pork

Cubes of juicy meat are fried and then stewed in a broth flavored with paprika, onion and paprika. A traditional dose of sour cream thickens the sauce. To make it even more authentic, fry the pork and onions in bacon fat like the Hungarians do. Quick pork recipes

What will we need

  1. 350 g pork shoulder
  2. 100 g of onion
  3. 30 g of butter
  4. Red bell pepper
  5. Tomato
  6. 125 g of full-fat sour cream
  7. A teaspoon of flour
  8. 3 spoons of sweet Hungarian paprika
  9. ½ teaspoon cumin
  10. ½ teaspoon of salt
  11. ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  12. 75 ml of water


  1. Cut the pork into larger cubes
  2. Salt, pepper and add cumin, put the meat aside
  3. Grate or cut the onion into very small pieces
  4. Cut the red pepper into small cubes
  5. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and cut them into fine cubes
  6. On the stove, he starts heating the pot to medium heat
  7. Add butter
  8. When the butter melts, add the grated onion and fry for 5-7 minutes
  9. Whisk the flour into the sour cream and set aside
  10. Add the seasoned pork to the pot and stir
  11. Cook until all the pork changes color
  12. Remove the pot from the heat and add the paprika and stir to coat the other ingredients in the pot with the paprika
  13. Add diced peppers and tomatoes and return to the stove again
  14. Cook for another 3-4 minutes to heat up the paprika
  15. Add sour cream and water and mix to make a paprika sauce
  16. Cook gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly
  17. Add water as needed if the sauce seems too thick
Pork meat in a delicious sauce of peppers, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables.
Source: whereismyspoon.co

Turkey Paprika with Pasta

A quick and easy one pot turkey with peppers recipe. There is no better choice than this dish when you don’t have time to cook during the week. For one thing, it’s affordable, quick, delicious, and you’ll only get one pot dirty!

What will we need

  1. A spoonful of olive oil
  2. Spoon of butter
  3. Small onion (diced)
  4. Red bell pepper (diced)
  5. 230 g mushrooms (chopped)
  6. 3 cloves of garlic (pressed)
  7. 500 g of ground turkey meat
  8. 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika
  9. 2 teaspoons cumin
  10. Teaspoon of salt
  11. ¼ teaspoon Hungarian red pepper
  12. 250 ml of chicken stock
  13. 250 ml Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  14. 500 g cup of whole grain pasta
  15. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  16. Grated Parmesan (optional)


  1. Fry the onion in oil in a large pan,
  2. When the onion is lightly browned, add the red pepper and mushrooms
  3. Add the butter and fry for another 5 minutes
  4. Add the ground turkey, garlic, paprika, cumin and salt and cook until the meat is browned.
  5. Add chicken broth, yogurt and Hungarian red pepper
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan
  7. Add the pasta and cover the pot
  8. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked
  9. Stir in the parsley and add Parmesan to taste
Turkey in a creamy sauce with your favorite one-pot pasta.
Source: themom100.com

Mushroom paprikash

This chicken-free chili chicken recipe will please any vegetarian or vegan. We are replacing meat with mushrooms! The delicious sauce is made from peppers and onions, thickened with cashew nut paste.

What will we need

  1. 130 g raw cashew nuts (soaked in water for 4-8 hours, drained and rinsed)
  2. 350 ml of vegetable broth
  3. 30 ml of olive oil
  4. 450 g mushrooms (sliced)
  5. 15 g vegetable fat
  6. 500 g onion (thinly sliced)
  7. Red pepper (coarsely chopped)
  8. 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  9. 2 spoons of sweet paprika
  10. 400 grams of chopped tomatoes from a can
  11. 30 ml of lemon juice
  12. Salt
  13. Pepper
  14. Boiled rice (to serve)


  1. Add the cashew nuts and ½ of the broth to the blender
  2. Blend the mixture until smooth and set aside
  3. Pour oil into the bottom of a large pot and turn on the stove to medium heat
  4. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms
  5. Fry the mushrooms for about 5 minutes on each side until they are brown and soft
  6. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and transfer them to a plate
  7. Melt the butter in a pan and then add the onion
  8. Fry the onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it softens and turns slightly brown
  9. Stir in the pepper and continue to cook it with the onion for about 5 minutes until it starts to soften
  10. Stir in the garlic and paprika
  11. We continue to cook and stir for another minute until the garlic starts to smell
  12. Return the mushrooms to the pot and stir in the tomatoes and remaining broth
  13. Increase the temperature and bring the broth to a boil
  14. Cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pepper softens
  15. Stir in the cashew mixture and continue to cook for about 1 minute until the sauce is heated through
  16. If the sauce is too thick, we can thin it with a little water or extra stock
  17. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the lemon juice
  18. Season the mixture with salt and pepper
  19. Divide the paprika and mushrooms onto plates and serve with boiled rice
Paprika without meat, only with mushrooms, served on boiled rice.
Source: cooking.nytimes.com

Hungarian beef paprikash

This Instant Pot Beef Paprika is a quick and easy recipe that’s packed with flavor, filling, and sure to be a hit with your whole family! Few things simplify recipes like the Instant Pot, and this delicious dish is no exception.

What will we need

  1. 75 g of butter
  2. 100 g chopped onion
  3. 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  4. 1 kg of beef stew
  5. 150 g of ketchup
  6. 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  7. A spoonful of cane sugar
  8. 2 teaspoons of salt
  9. 750 ml of beef broth
  10. 2 teaspoons paprika
  11. ½ teaspoon of mustard
  12. 2 tablespoons of flour
  13. 75 ml cup of water


  1. Start heating a pot with butter on the stove at a medium temperature
  2. When the butter is melted, add the onion
  3. Here we cook for 4 minutes until it is soft
  4. Add stewed beef, garlic, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cane sugar, salt, beef broth, paprika and mustard to the onions
  5. Cover the pot with a lid and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl
  7. Mix well and pour into the beef mixture
  8. Cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens
  9. Hungarian paprika is served poured over mashed potatoes (see TIP)

Recipe for the best mashed potatoes
1 kg of potatoes (type C)
150 ml of milk
150 ml cooking cream
100 g of butter
Pinch of salt
Peel the potatoes, cut them into cubes and soak them in cold water for at least an hour
Then boil them in clean salted water until soft
Heat the milk together with the cream in a pot
We mash the potatoes and start gradually adding the heated milk and cream while constantly stirring
Mix until the mashed potatoes have the right consistency and texture
Finally, add butter and season with salt

Hot Hungarian pepper and tomato sauce with beef stew with mash.
Source: whereismysp o on.co

Homemade bread dumpling recipe

What will we need

  1. 500 g semi-coarse flour
  2. 200 ml of lukewarm water
  3. 2-4 rolls
  4. 1 egg
  5. ½ package of instant yeast
  6. Salt


  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add salt
  2. Mix and add yeast
  3. Make a well in the flour and add the egg and water
  4. We start kneading until we get a pliable dough
  5. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough rise for about 45 minutes
  6. Then add the sliced rolls, cover again and let rest for 15 minutes
  7. Transfer the risen dough to a floured work surface
  8. We divide it into several parts and form cones, which we cover again and let rest
  9. In the meantime, prepare a pot of water, which we will start boiling
  10. Put the dumplings in water and cook them for 15-20 minutes on each side
  11. We serve warm homemade dumplings with this recipe for paprika
Luxurious home-made dumplings from yeast dough.
Source: mission-food.com

About Hungarian cuisine

It is impossible to describe Hungarian cuisine in one word.

Typical spices for Hungarian cuisine are paprika, black pepper and lots and lots of onions. But its cuisine is generally very diverse. Come and see under the hood of Hungarian cuisine with us!

Traditional Hungarian meals are mainly based on meat, seasonal vegetables, fresh pastries, dairy products, cheeses and fruits.

In Hungary, a typical breakfast may consist of fresh bread, sausages, salami, seasonal vegetables and homemade jam.

Hungarians like to say that they are a “soup nation” . While soups are considered an appetizer in many countries, for Hungarians it is traditionally the case that if you haven’t had a bowl of soup, you haven’t eaten yet.

Hungarians distinguish between light soups, which they consume as a starter, and then, in a typical lunch, two more courses and hearty soups with meat and pasta follow.

Among the hearty soups we can include the iconic goulash and fish soups , which are prepared in countless variations both in restaurants and at home.

There are two main and most famous Hungarian fish soups – Baja and Szeged .

While Baja fish soup is traditionally made from carp, Szeged fish soup is made from different types of fish.

Another Hungarian specialty is the sweet cold fruit soup gyümölks .

But in any case, soups often reflect the seasons and therefore contain seasonal vegetables, fruits, but also meat or fish, according to the current hunting or fishing season.

If you prefer sweet foods, try the Hungarian Dobos cake. Chocolate butter-cream layered sponge cake, topped with caramel and covered with nuts on the edges.

Or try the incredibly popular Túró Rudi . A chocolate bar made of dark chocolate filled with sweetened cottage cheese or other flavors, such as jelly.

Desserts often contain various fruits or jams, as Hungary also has internationally renowned vineyards and orchards full of apples, pears, plums and other fruits.

Milan & Ondra

We are both fans of good food and enjoy cooking. On this website, we want to inspire you with traditional, but also less common recipes. We will be happy if you try our recipes and let us know how you liked them. Bon appetite! :)

Did you like this article? Give a 5 stars. :)

Write a comment

The email address will not be published and will not be stored in any marketing database. Required fields are marked *.