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Famous Food in Ukraine

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

Ukrainian dishes often use several ingredients & are known for their variety and high taste qualities. Ukrainian cuisine includes hundreds of recipes.
Here are some of the most delicious Ukrainian food you should try if you visit Ukraine.

Here are the famous dishes in Ukraine.

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Borscht is the most famous Ukrainian dish.

This simple soup is made with beetroot as the main ingredient and fermented beetroot juice, along with meat, pork or bone stock, sautéed vegetables as cabbage, potatoes, onions, carrot, tomatoes, and beans.

There are many versions - the broth can even be fish or vegetable-based, and the choice of vegetables varies from region to region.

The beetroot and the fermented beetroot juice give the dish a unique red color and provide sweet and sour flavors.

There is also a summer version of borscht, called “green” for its distinctive color. In this case, the broth is thickened with fresh sorrel, potatoes, carrots, and boiled eggs.

Borscht is usually served with smetana (sour cream) and pampushky (small savory yeast-raised buns with garlic on top).


Pampushki is small Ukrainian yeasted buns, traditionally served with Ukrainian borscht, but can also be a small snack.

They can be prepared in sweet or savory versions.

The dough usually consists of milk, flour, eggs, sugar, butter, yeast, oil, and salt, and it is then shaped into small balls, while the savory ones have no filling, but are traditionally flavored with garlic sauce and served alongside borscht. After the pastry is baked, the pampushka is covered with olive oil, parsley, and garlic sauce.

The sweet version is often stuffed with ingredients such as fruit jam, berries, fresh fruit, or cottage cheese.