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I've been buying pre-packaged pierogi from Trader Joe's and local Polish delis. But I can't seem to get a straight or consistent answer on how you are supposed to cook them. Should you steam pierogi, boil them, or saute them with butter?

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"Pierogi" is already plural; no need to add an s. – Adam Jaskiewicz Sep 1 '11 at 22:51
Actually, in Polish singular is "pieróg" and plural is "pierogi", but in USA "pierogi" is the singular and "pierogis" is plural. Confusing, I know. – jkadlubowska Oct 8 '12 at 16:07

The most common way here in Poland to prepare them is to boil them. Put them into boiling and salted water, wait until they start floating on the surface and then boil for 2-3 minutes (longer if they are frozen).

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This is exactly what I do. And I've been making them since I was 8. Though, in some regions of Poland pierogis are usually baked. – jkadlubowska Oct 8 '12 at 16:07

My Polish mother-in-law boils them. The sweet ones are usually served with a bit of yogurt or sour cream, and the savory ones are often fried (after boiling) until golden, and served with onions and bacon.

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Aren't the savory ones fried after they are first boiled? – ESultanik Aug 5 '11 at 16:38
Yes. I'll edit to make that more clear. – Chris Cudmore Aug 5 '11 at 16:50

We have a Polish & Greek place by us (don't ask), and theirs are always boiled. They are delicious that way (usually topped with bacon and sour cream)...

Personally I always grew up w/ them boiled then sauteed, which is my favorite.

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Polish Greek? Yes! I'll have a plate of spanakopirogi. – Chris Cudmore Sep 2 '11 at 0:20
That was exactly our thought :) apparently there were some military marriages involved :) – Rikon Sep 2 '11 at 2:01

My babcia (grandmother, she came to the states in '49) boils them after assembly. If she's serving them right away, she browns them in some butter. Otherwise, she packages them up in ziplock bags and freezes them.

Packaged pierogi are probably already boiled. I would thaw them and saute in a little butter until golden brown and warm through.

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