Polish-American Pan Pierogi Recipe

Pan fried pierogis
Pan fried pierogis. Lauri Patterson / Getty Images
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1003 Calories
21g Fat
184g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 1003
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 895mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 184g 67%
Dietary Fiber 16g 59%
Protein 23g
Calcium 135mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Polish-American pan pierogi recipe is from my friend Bobbie. She loves traditional Polish fare but doesn't always have the time to make it. This is one way she gets the great flavor of pierogi without all the work. Compare Bobbie's recipe with my Pierogi Casserole, which is made with cottage cheese and oven-ready lasagna noodles.
This can be served as a main course, side dish, vegetarian entree, at a brunch, potluck or football party spread. Check out Bobbie's Unstuffed Cabbage for another quick spin on a traditional favorite.


  • 4 large onions (chopped)
  • 4 ounces/1 stick butter
  • 9 lasagna noodles (cooked al dente)
  • 12 servings instant mashed potatoes (cooked)
  • 12 slices American cheese
  • 1 pinch salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet, add the butter and onions. Sauté to caramelize the onions. This will take 20 minutes or more. Don't rush it.

  2. Add cheese to warm mashed potatoes, stirring until cheese melts (microwave, if necessary).

  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Place three lasagna noodles in bottom of the pan. Spread half the potato mixture on top and a third of the onions. Repeat with three more noodles, remaining potato mixture and a third of the onions. Place last three noodles on top followed by the remaining onions.

  4. Cover with foil and bake 30-40 minutes.