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Best Romanian Stew Recipes

Updated on April 6, 2013

About Romanian Cuisine

Romanian cuisine identifies itself with the notion of delicious food, with inviting smells and picturesque dishes. What individualizes the Romanian cuisine is the fact that the preparations are never complicated. They do not require special equipment and the ingredients are always handy.

Very diverse and rich in flavors, the Romanian cuisine has been strongly influenced by history and different foreign traditions with which the Romanian people came into contact. They borrowed from their neighbours specific dishes, and adapted them to the country's lifestyle.

The biggest influence came from the Balkan cuisine, but also other neighboring peoples, such as the Serbian, Austrian, Bulgarian and Hungarian.

Recipes bear the same influences as the rest of the Romanian culture: the Romans left pie (one of the most common desserts in Romania), the Turks brought the meatballs soup and the baklava, the moussaka came from the Greeks and the schnitzel from Austria.

One of the most common typically Romanian dishes is polenta (a corn flour porridge), which was long considered the food of the poor, but which has recently become more appreciated and served in traditional restaurants with cheese and cream, but also as a side dish for stews.

The Romanian stews are so diverse that you could say that almost each woman has her own recipe. Here are some of my favorite Romanian stews.

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Chicken Stew

Romanian chichen stew -
Romanian chichen stew -
  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 3-4 persons


  • 500 g chicken (drumsticks)
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 500 g ripe tomatoes (can be canned)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • a bit of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • fresh parsley


  1. 1. Sprinkle the drumsticks with salt and pepper.
  2. 2. Heat the oil and start frying the meat.
  3. 3. After a few minutes, add the wine. Then, cover the pot and let it boil.
  4. 4. Remove chicken from pan.
  5. 5. In the remaining oil, add the finely chopped onion and pepper and cook until they are soft (7-8 minutes).
  6. 6. Add the peeled and diced tomatoes. If canned, crushed them with a fork or mix them in a blender.
  7. 7. Add the chopped thyme and the bay leaf.
  8. 8. Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes.
  9. 9. Put the chicken back in the pan, add a cup of water and the crushed garlic cloves.
  10. 10. Simmer another 20 minutes or until the meat is done.
  11. 11. Serve with polenta and parsley.
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Cast your vote for Chicken Stew with Polenta

How to Make Polenta

This is a very detailed tutorial that will help you cook polenta - a dish of Italian origin, that is very popular in most Eastern European countries.

chicken stew
chicken stew
  • Prep time: 40 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 3-4 persons

Chicken Stew with Dumplings

  • 500 gr chicke (tighs
  • drumsticks or wings)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cream
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs (for the dumplings)
  • 2 tabelspoons of oil (for the dumplings)
  • 200 gr of flour (for the dumplings)
  • salt (for the dumplings)


  1. 1. Chop the onion and fry it until it becomes soft and transparent.
  2. 2. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Add it and fry on both sides until it becomes brownish.
  4. 4. Add the crushed garlic.
  5. 5. Add paprika and 2 cups of water.
  6. 6. Cover the pot and let it boil for 30 minutes.
  7. 7. Mix the cream with flour and a bit of water (about 100 ml).
  8. 8. Add it to the pot and let it boil for a few minutes more.
  9. Meanwhile prepare the dumplings:
  10. 1. Mix 2 eggs with flour and a bit of water until you obtain a soft, but consistent dough.
  11. 2. Boil a pot of water and set the dumplings maker on it.
  12. 3. Put the dough on the dumplings maker gradually. The dumplings will fall through the holes into the water. Let them boil for a few minutes, then collect them and add them into the sauce.
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Dumplings Maker

NORPRO NOR-3129 S/Spaetzle Maker
NORPRO NOR-3129 S/Spaetzle Maker

This stainless steel dumplings maker will be of great help if you want to try the chicken stew recipe.

The dumplings will be small and very soft, unlike the ones you can make by adding the dough to the sauce with a spoon.


Mushroom Stew

Polenta with Mushroom Stew

The Romanian cuising includes all sorts of stew recipes based on vegatables like mushrooms, potatoes, green beans, okra, or peas.

Here is a video realized by Romanian highschool students for a European project, providing the recipe for mushroom stew served with polenta.

Pork Stew

  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 4

Pork Stew Recipe

  • 600 g pork
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 80 ml broth
  • 1 spoonful of paprika
  • half a spoonful of dried thyme
  • half a spoonful of salt
  • a bit of pepper
  • 2 spoonfuls of oil
  • parsley


  1. 1. Heat the oil in a pan, cut the meat into cubes and fry it for 10 minutes until it starts become brown.
  2. 2. Add the chopped onion and continue cooking until it becomes soft and transparent.
  3. 3. Add the crushed garlic and a glass of water. Let it simmer with a lid on for 10 minutes.
  4. 4. Add the spices and another glass of water. Put the lid back on and let it simmer on a medium fire for 30 minutes.
  5. 5. When ready, sprinkle the chopped parsley.
  6. 6. Serve with polenta or mashed potatoes.
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Any words of advice?

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      No advice,but a comment: These stews look absolutely delicious and I'll definitely be trying them. Thank you!