Vegan Pierogies (Polish Dumplings)

These vegan pierogies are a dairy-free take on a popular Polish dish. This comfort food classic is a delicious and straightforward recipe that’s sure to be a hit.

Vegan pierogies on plate with one cut open showing filling

Vegan pierogies may be the champion of dumplings. And I’ve made quite a lot, from gyozas to gnocchi.

Pierogies make a great kid-friendly snack or dinner staple. They’re also fun to make and freezer-friendly. Perfect for meal-prep!

Simply make the dough, stuff with the creamy potato filling, boil then pan-fry. That’s it!

Both the dough and filling are simple to make. You’ll whip up a batch in no time!

Key tips to follow

1. Use warm to hot water when making the dough

Warm water makes gluten form quicker in the flour. This makes dumpling dough more stretchy and less easy to tear.

The hot water used to boil the potatoes may also be added to the dough.

2. Roll out the dough thinly.

The dumplings should have more potato flavor than flour. A thick wrapper can result in more chewy dumplings.

3. Drain the pierogi as much as possible between the boiling and frying.

Any addition of water, even a drop, can cause hot oil to splatter. Carefully drain and add the pierogies to the pan for frying.

I recommend using a slotted spoon with a long handle. To keep your hand as far away from the hot oil as possible.

4. Make sure the potato is completely cooked through.

It wouldn’t be pleasant eating a pierogi and biting into a crunchy chunk of potato.

Make sure the potatoes are completely soft, all the way through before mashing them.

Ingredients you’ll need

Filling

  • Potatoes – Try to get yukon golds, the undisputed king of mashed potato.
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Vegan butter – Earth Balance is a good brand to try.
  • Nutritional yeast – Gives a delicious, “cheesy” flavor.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dough

  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Warm water

Of course, don’t forget the water for boiling and oil for frying! Any neutral-tasting vegetable oil will do.

How to make vegan pierogi

1. Prepare the potatoes.

Peel and chop them into roughly equal-sized chunks. Add to a pot filled with water and boil for 15 minutes or until tender.

When cooked, a knife or fork inserted into the middle should pass through with no resistance.

2. Make the dough.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Gradually add the water, mixing thoroughly.

Flour with wooden spoon in a bowl

Knead until the dough is soft and smooth. This can also be done on a clean, floured surface.

Hand kneading dough in a bowl

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rest for 20 minutes in the fridge.

3. Make the filling.

Heat the oil in a skillet and brown the onion and garlic.

Browned onions in skillet

Remove the cooked potatoes with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl. Keep the boiling liquid for later.

Cooked potatoes in a white bowl

Add the cooked onions and garlic, nutritional yeast, vegan butter, salt and pepper. Mash until smooth with a potato masher or a fork.

Mixing ingredients for pierogi filling in a white bowl
Pierogi filling in white bowl

Cover and place in the refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes.

4. Form the dumplings.

Cut the dough in half. Roll out one half on a well-floured surface to 1/8 of an inch or 3mm thick.

Cut out about 16 to 18 three-inch circles and place a tablespoon of filling in each. Pinch the edges to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Cutting out circles in rolled out dough
Pierogi dough with filling on cutting board
Pierogies on wooden cutting board

5. Boiling and Pan-frying

Reheat the boiling water, and drop in the dumplings. After about five minutes, when cooked, they should float to the surface.

Vegan pierogies floating in boiling water

Heat the skillet with oil. Carefully remove the pierogies with a slotted spoon, drain and add to the oil.

Pan-fry until brown on both sides. Serve them as is, or with caramelized onions, cabbage, or mushrooms.

Here’s the caramelized onion recipe video I followed.

Vegan pierogies on a plate

Can I freeze pierogies?

Of course you can! The best point to freeze them is when you’ve just formed them.

Freeze them spaced apart on a baking sheet. When frozen solid, throw them all into an airtight bag or container.

Pierogies spread o a silicone baking sheet
Frozen pierogies in black storage containers

No need to thaw before cooking. Simply boil a little longer, for about 10 minutes until they float. Then pan-fry as normal.

Troubleshooting Tips

Why is my pierogi dough sticky?

It’s possible that too much water was added or the dough wasn’t kneaded enough.

Gradually, add some more flour and keep kneading until all the dry bits have been mixed in.

Why is my pierogi dough tough?

The dough might require more kneading or resting time.

Knead the dough until it starts to become smooth then rest in the fridge to further relax the gluten.

Warm water also helps to create a smoother dough.

Why did the filling come out during boiling?

It’s possible they weren’t sealed properly. Be sure to pinch the edges until the seams are no longer visible.

You can also use a fork to help seal the edges but be careful not to pierce them.

Vegan pierogies on plate with one cut open showing filling

Vegan Pierogies (Polish Dumplings)

5 from 17 votes
Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 16 to 18 pierogi
Calories: 135kcal
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This Polish comfort food classic is a delicious and straightforward recipe that’s sure to be a hit.

Baking Recipes: For more accuracy, use Metric measurements and measuring spoons.

Ingredients

Filling

  • ½ lb (227 g) potatoes
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp (8 g) nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dough

  • 2 ½ cups (310 g) flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2 g) salt
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) oil
  • 1 cup (236 ml) warm water

Cooking the pierogies

  • Water for boiling
  • Oil for pan-frying

Instructions

  • Peel and chop the potatoes. Fill a pot with water, add the potatoes and bring to a boil for 15 minutes or until tender.
    1/2 lb (227 g) potatoes ,Water for boiling
  • Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl to make the dough. Gradually add enough water and knead until soft and smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rest for 20 minutes in the fridge.
    2 1/2 cups (310 g) flour ,1/2 teaspoon (2 g) salt ,2 tbsp (30 ml) oil ,1 cup (236 ml) warm water
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion starts to brown.
    1 medium onion ,3 cloves garlic
  • Remove the potatoes and place in a bowl. Reserve the boiling liquid for later. Add the cooked onions, nutritional yeast, vegan butter, salt and pepper. Mash until smooth with a potato masher or fork, then place in the refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes.
    2 tbsp (28 g) vegan butter ,2 tbsp (8 g) nutritional yeast ,Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cut the dough in half. Roll out the first half on a well-floured surface to about an ⅛-inch (3mm) thickness. Cut out 3-inch circles and fill each with 1 tbsp of potato filling. Lightly moisten the edges if needed and pinch together to seal.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Reheat the pot of water used to boil the potatoes and add salt. Drop the pierogies in the water and cook for about 5 minutes or 10 minutes if frozen. They should start floating on the surface.
  • Heat the skillet with oil. Carefully remove the pierogies with a slotted spoon, drain and add to the oil. Pan-fry until brown on both sides.
    Oil for pan-frying
  • Serve them as is, or with caramelized onions, cabbage, or mushrooms.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1pierogi | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer
Course: Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: Polish
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

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29 Comments

  1. I’m just on the dough so far but it is so wet and sticky! I don’t know how I can roll out dough with this. I did the bakers math and it’s 85% hydration.

    Did anyone else have to add more flour? How much?

  2. Fantastic recipe!!! Hubby and I made this together on a date night and we were mind blown! Our dough was pretty wet still after mixing so I I had to add a bit more flour to it, and a bit more vegan butter to the potatoes, but that’s the only alteration to the actual Pierogi we made, and it was just unbelievably delicious. It makes me wonder why on earth egg and dairy is even called for in many traditional recipes.

    We topped with a vegan cashew Alfredo, broccoli and some beyond sausage. Thanks a million for for creating this recipe!

  3. riley jean says:

    would i be able to eat these without frying them? growing up we always had boiled pierogis and i miss them

  4. How would i go about premaking then and freezing them?

    1. Hi Judy,
      The instructions for freezing are in post under the heading “Can I freeze pierogies?”.

  5. Came out great! Thank you

    pierogies with spinach mushrooms and sauce in a bowl.

    1. 5 stars
      This looks delicious! Can I ask what sour cream you use? (Just recently started going dairy free and trying to find the best recipe or store bought!)

      1. Hi Jenna,

        I’m not certain which brand Angela used but here are some suggestions:
        Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream is a pretty good store-bought option. It’s the closest in flavor and consistency to dairy sour cream that I’ve found so far.
        You can also try making cashew sour cream. I don’t have a recipe on the site right now but a quick google search will bring up a lot of great, simple recipes. It’s a delicious homemade alternative that I used to make a lot as a beginner vegan. The basic ingredients should be cashews (soaked in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes to soften), fresh water for blending, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. I hope this helps!

  6. 5 stars
    Best pierogi recipe ever!!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made these three times so far and they’re amazing! I served them with some sautéed cabbage and a veggie sausage. One of my favorite recipes!

    1. Those sound like great additions Claire! Thanks for trying the recipe.

  8. Can you air fry these without boiling?

    1. Hi Amanda, sorry I’m not sure if that would work. I haven’t tried it myself.

  9. Thank you so much for this recipe! I made them for my son who is vegan for Christmas Eve. I’m Ukrainian and pierogies are a traditional part of of our Christmas Eve supper so he was able to participate in the meal with us! BTW he said they were delicious!

    1. I’m so happy he enjoyed them Helen! Thank you for the feedback.

  10. 5 stars
    Made these for my mom who’s dairy free, for her birthday. Turned out great. Was surprised how well the yeast mimicked a cheese flavor. I normally use the americas test kitchen recipe with dairy ingredients, but this was just as great.

  11. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!! I am so glad that we took a chance and tripled it to freeze the extra ones. They taste so similar to the ones I ate growing up at my Polish family gatherings.

    Fried pierogies in a skillet.

    1. Yum Liz! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! I still have a bunch in my freezer ready to go too haha. Thanks for sharing a photo!

    2. Sheila Dempsey says:

      I would love to make these for my sister in law, but she also needs gluten free, can you recommend a different flour?

      1. Sorry, I don’t think gluten-free flour would work as they might fall apart while boiling.

        1. I tried them with GF flour.. they turned out awesome!

          pierogies boiling in a pot.

          1. Which gf flour did you use?

    3. Amazing recipe. Recommend more potatoes. 16 perogies called for 1/2 lb potatoes and folks… I just don’t think it’s gonna happen 😅

      Cooked potatoes in a bowl.