Galushki (Ukrainian Dumplings)

Here’s A Delicious Galushki Recipe!

Searching for a homemade dish that is deliciously satisfying without a lot of work? Galushki are for you!

These Ukrainian dumplings – made from just a handful of common ingredients – are so easy to make and cook.

Plus, you get to enjoy them with fried mushrooms and onions – what could be better?!

fried dumplings with mushrooms in white bowl on wooden board.
These Galushki are ready to be enjoyed!

Galushki are sometimes grouped in and/or confused with a number of different dishes from across Eastern Europe.

The dough in this recipe is similar to Hungarian Nokedli/galuska (aka German Spaetzle). Another common one is halušky which – when made as Bryndzové halušky – is a very popular dish in Slovakia.

One difference between some other regional Halušky recipes compared to this galushki recipe is that those other doughs sometimes call for potato… which is a little more like Italian Gnocchi or German Schupfnudeln!

Another difference is preparation: some doughs are pushed through holes in a form into boiling water whereas others (like in this recipe) are rolled and sliced with a knife before heading for the boiling pot.

It’s always fun to learn about similar European dishes, however, sometimes it’s also nice not to compare dishes and just enjoy the recipe in front of you!

Ingredients

ingredients to make galushki dumplings in bowls on grey counter with labels.
These are the ingredients needed to make these Galushki.

To make these Ukrainian galushki, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • All-purpose flour – To make the dough for the dumplings.
  • Salt – Regular table salt. To make the dough, to add flavor to the mushrooms and onions and to salt the boiling water.
  • Egg – To make the dough.
  • Milk – Also for making the dough.
  • Mushrooms – Cremini mushrooms, but other mushrooms also work. Chop them into pieces of similar size.
  • Onions – You’ll need two cups of chopped yellow onions.
  • Olive oil – To fry the mushrooms and onions.
  • Butter – To coat the galushki once they are cooked.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Before you make this recipe for Ukrainian galushki, read through these tips so that your dumplings turn out well!

  • Do not add too much flour, even if the dough is a little sticky. If you do, these galushki may turn out to be too hard.
  • You can use fresh or frozen mushrooms. Frozen mushrooms have more water, so you may have to drain it during frying.
  • Galushki can also be cooked with just fried onions and/or fried meat instead of mushrooms, it also turns out very tasty.
  • You can freeze these dumplings before cooking them but you can also freeze already boiled galushki (just the dumplings though, don’t mix them with fried mushrooms and onions).

How to Make Galushki – Step by Step Instructions

In this section, we’ll walk you through exactly how to make galushki step by step. You can follow the recipe process photos in case you are a visual learner and it helps you cook!

Otherwise, you can find the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

flour and egg in white mixing bowl on counter top.
Add the flour, salt and egg to a bowl.

Start by adding the flour to a deep mixing bowl. Make a well in the center, add the salt and crack in the egg.

ball of dumpling dough in white bowl seen from above on grey counter.
You should have a soft ball of dough.

Next, add the milk. Mix first with a spoon and then with your hands until you have a soft dough.

If it’s still a bit sticky, that’s okay – don’t add too much flour, otherwise the Galushki might turn out too hard.

Cover the bowl with cling film and let it sit for 20 minutes.

fried mushrooms and onions in black pan with grey counter around.
Fry the mushrooms and onions.

In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped mushrooms and onions as well as a pinch of salt.

Fry the mushrooms and onions on low heat for 15 minutes while stirring regularly. Then set the mixture aside.

pieces of raw dumpling dough cut on wooden board on counter.
Cut the dumplings.

Once the 20 minutes are up, sprinkle your work surface with a bit of flour so that the dough does not stick.

Place the dough onto the surface and cut it into quarters. Roll one quarter of dough into a thin strip (like a sausage), about half an inch in diameter.

Then cut the strip into thin slices about a third of an inch thick. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.

galushki dumplings in boiling water in silver pot with spoon inside.
Boil the dumplings.

Next, add water to a large pot, bring it to a boil and salt it.

Then add the pieces of dough to the water. Once they float to the surface, cook them for 3 more minutes.

When they are done, remove the finished dumplings with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl.

white bowl filled with cooked galushki and butter with grey counter top around.
Stir in the butter.

Add the butter and stir so that the galushki are evenly coated.

cooked dumplings and fried mushrooms and onions in bowl on counter.
Add the fried mushrooms and onions.

When the butter has melted, add the fried mushrooms and onions to the bowl with the dumplings as well. Stir again.

galushki dumplings in bowl with fork and bowl of sour cream behind.
Enjoy your galushki!

Now your Galushki are ready to be served. You can serve them with sour cream on the side. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

If you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for around 3 days. Galushki are easy to reheat – just fry them again in some butter in a pan on the stove.

You can also make them ahead of time and freeze them. Galushki can be frozen raw or already boiled.

Just make sure to freeze them individually (e.g. on a baking sheet with some space between them) and then transfer them to a freezer safe container once they are fully frozen. This way they won’t stick together.

They should last for 2-3 months and are ready to be boiled from frozen (if you froze them prior to boiling).

Related Recipes

If you loved these Galushki, these other Ukrainian recipes might interest you as well:

bowl with fried galushki dumplings and mushrooms on wooden board with silver spoon.

Galushki (Ukrainian Dumplings)

Galushki – or Ukrainian Dumplings – are hearty and delicious. Easy to make and boiled to perfection, these dumplings are fried in mushrooms and butter for extra goodness.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more for salting water
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Add the flour to a deep mixing bowl. Then make a well in the center, add the salt and beat in an egg.
    2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 egg
  • Now add milk. Mix first with a spoon and then with your hands until you have a soft dough. Cover the bowl with cling film and let it sit for 20 minutes.
    6 tablespoons milk
  • Meanwhile, add the chopped mushrooms and onions to a frying pan with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Fry the mushrooms and onions on low heat for 15 minutes while stirring regularly. Set aside.
    2 cups mushrooms, 1 cup yellow onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sprinkle your work surface with a bit of flour so that the dough does not stick. Place the dough onto the surface and cut it into quarters. Roll one quarter of dough into a thin strip (like a sausage), about half an inch in diameter. Cut the strip into thin slices about a third of an inch thick. Repeat with the other pieces of dough.
  • Add water to a large pot, bring it to a boil and salt it. Then add the pieces of dough to the water. Once they float to the surface, cook them for 3 more minutes.
  • Remove the finished dumplings with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl. Add the butter and stir.
    1 tablespoon butter
  • When the butter has melted, add the fried mushrooms and onions to the bowl with the dumplings as well. Stir again. Now your Galushki are ready to be served. You can serve them with sour cream. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Do not add too much flour, even if the dough is a little sticky. Otherwise the galushki may turn out to be too hard.
  • You can use fresh or frozen mushrooms. Frozen mushrooms have more water, so you may have to drain it during frying.
  • Galushki can also be cooked with fried onions and/or fried meat, it also turns out very tasty.
  • You can use cremini mushrooms but other types of mushrooms also work. 
  • You can freeze these dumplings before cooking them but you can also freeze already boiled galushki (just the dumplings, don’t mix them with fried mushrooms and onions).

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Ukrainian
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This recipe was contributed by
Yuliia Stsepeleva
Yuliia was born in Ukraine and lived in Eastern Ukraine, close to Russia, for many years. Her experience makes her very familiar with both Ukrainian and Russian cuisine. She now lives in England, but still enjoys cooking Ukrainian dishes for her family.

2 thoughts on “Galushki (Ukrainian Dumplings)”

  1. 5 stars
    These were so good! The recipe was new to me and I loved making it. It was a real hit at dinner and I’m sure I’ll be making it again and again. Thanks so much for your time and effort in making these pages. We really appreciate it.

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