The Best Ukrainian Borscht Recipe

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  • 8Servings
  • 60 mPrep Time
  • 2:0 hCook Time
  • 3:0 hReady In
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Rich Ukrainian borscht recipe is a real legend and business card of Ukrainian cuisine. Traditionally, it is prepared on a strong meat broth with the addition of a large amount of vegetables and herbs. But different regions prepare it differently. Somewhere they add dumplings from dough, somewhere dried or fresh mushrooms, somewhere beans, peas, rye bread toasts and, of course, sour cream.

It is prepared for quite a long time and according to certain rules. But if you have a step-by-step photo recipe at hand, even a novice cook can cope with the task.


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Step by step method

  • Step 1

    We will prepare the products that will be needed during cooking. For meat broth, veal brisket with fat is best, but pork can also be used.

  • Step 2

    We wash the meat under running water, put it in a saucepan with a volume of at least 4 liters. Pour 3/4 of the water from the total volume and put on medium heat.

  • Step 3

    After boiling, remove the foam from the surface with a slotted spoon. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Cook the meat until it pulls away from the bone.

  • Step 4

    Peel potatoes, wash, cut into small cubes. We take out the finished meat from the broth, separate the pulp from the bone, divide it into small pieces. Put the meat and potatoes into the broth.

  • Step 5

    We clean the onion, finely chop and send it to the pan in hot oil. Finely chop the bell pepper, send it there. Fry until soft.

  • Step 6

    We clean the beets and carrots, wash them and three on a coarse grater. Then put in a pan and fry with the rest of the vegetables.

  • Step 7

    When the vegetables are soft, add the tomato paste and a little broth. Stir, cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.

  • Step 8

    While the vegetables are stewing, we clean the cabbage from the top leaves, they may be dirty. Finely chop the straw and put in a saucepan.

  • Step 9

    Next, put the stewed vegetables, add fire. When the borscht boils, reduce the fire to a minimum. We put bay leaf, allspice, dried seasonings.

  • Step 10

    After 5 minutes, add chopped garlic, hold for another 1-2 minutes and turn off the heat. Borscht is ready, but it must be allowed to brew for half an hour. After that, you can pour into plates and serve.

Tips & variations

  • To keep the beets bright red, pour in 1 tbsp. l. vinegar and add 1-2 tbsp. l. sugar. This combination will not allow the color to go away.

  • It is important not to overcook borscht, because with prolonged heat treatment, the color is also lost.

  • There is another option on how to provide a bright color to the dish: fry only half of the beets, and send the other half raw to the broth. It will immediately acquire a characteristic beetroot color.

  • Instead of tomato paste, you can take fresh tomatoes. They need to be grated, leaving the skin. Another way is to scald with boiling water, remove the skin, and then cut with a knife.

  • For the most dietary broth, chicken or turkey breast is perfect. Ukrainian borsch on pork, veal, beef will be more satisfying.

  • This first dish can be cooked without meat at all. In lean Ukrainian borscht, it is perfectly replaced by beans.

  • You need to lay the potatoes strictly before the tomato, otherwise the acid will not allow the potatoes to boil well, and the pieces will be hard.

  • Cabbage can be laid at different stages: together with potatoes, before or after tomato frying. It depends on the toughness of the cabbage. It is better to add young cabbage at the very end: let it boil and turn it off immediately, it will come by itself and will not be digested.

  • To get a unique taste and aroma, you need to finely chop a piece of lard and a clove of garlic, mix and knead well with the flat side of the knife until a homogeneous mass is obtained. Add this dressing to the borsch about five minutes before turning off the fire.

Comments (3)

  • Mary

    This is the very right recipe for this wonderful dish can not even add something here. The proper balance of products in the recipe. The author is a genious in Ukrainian cuisine, I suppose. The taste of that dish is amazing!

  • Olga

    I liked the recipe. The taste turned out to be rich, the borscht is bright and beautiful. I’m still learning how to cook and I’ve never cooked borscht. Our family didn’t like him. And now I will cook it often, my husband has this favorite dish.

  • Nata

    Ukrainian borscht is cooked with pork, necessarily with pork and so that there are layers of fat. And you also need to add a little smoked meat and a lot of greens for the taste. I add a teaspoon of sugar to the borscht.

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