Poland’s neighboring countries like Ukraine, Germany, Belarus, Hungary, and many others have influenced the formation of its culture. Many Poles are proud of the fact that they have collected all the best cooking traditions.

The popularity of particular products depends mostly on the geographical position. There is the never-endless list of Polish dishes that can be prepared with vegetables.  It is important to note that spices like dill, saffron, basil, parsley, pepper, garlic, and marjoram are common ingredients in Polish dishes and they add the distinctive flavor.

At European Specialties we offer Polish soups, noodles, sweets and many other delicious meals. In our online grocery store, you can find top-notch Zurek (sour rye soup), white borscht, red beet borscht, mushroom and cucumber soups.

Let’s have a closer look at some Polish dishes that are adored by people all over the world.

Polish food

Polish Zurek


Zurek is a traditional polish meal that people usually cook on Easter holidays. The main feature of this soup is that it is a bit sour. It has a pleasant delicate taste. Zurek ingredients include rye flour, pieces of bread, hard-boiled eggs and bacon (ham, smoked sausages or boiled pork meat can be used instead of bacon).

Red beet borscht

Red beet borscht is usually prepared for Christmas Eve. It is always made of red beet juice and it is served with uszka, the polish version of Italian ravioli. This soup should be clear and look like red wine. It has many layers of rich flavors, however beets are the star of the show.

Polish Zurek
Polish Zurek

White borscht

White borscht is very similar to Zurek but has a brighter taste. It is often served with mashed potatoes, fried onion, and parsley leaves or dill on a separate plate.

The most well-known Polish second courses are bigos, goulash, breaded pork cutlet, cabbage roll, polish dumplings, and noodles. Kluski is a general polish word for certain dumplings and noodles. They are a must-try. You will be fascinated with all the possibilities kluski can be served.  You can prepare them quickly and effortlessly for a birthday party or some family celebration.

Polish sweets

The Polish people have a wide range of desserts that includes divinely tasting cakes, cookies, and candies. For example, Ptasie Mleczko (literally translates as “bird’s milk”) is a chocolate-covered candy with milk mousse inside of it. Usually the mousse contains fruits, chocolate or vanilla.


Another popular dessert is Piernik (gingerbread cookie). Often it is filled with fruit jam and covered with chocolate. Piernik is known not only in Poland, but also in the countries like Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands. Piernik first became popular in the eighteenth century. Interestingly, they were the symbols of a high social status in those times as the price for Piernik was really expensive.

Polish food is known to be simple, hearty and incredibly tasty. What should you do if you want to try it, without buying an expensive ticket? Save some money by buying the traditional polish food we sell either in store or online.

gingerbread cake - piernik