Easy Russian Pelmeni

little Russian dumplings
Little Russian dumplings
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For the pelmeni dough:
3 cups All-purpose flour
⅔ cup Water lukewarm
3 Eggs
1 tsp Salt
For the pelmeni filling:
2 lbs Ground meat chicken, turkey and mixing in ground beef
1 large Onion grated
½ tbsp Salt or to taste
1 tsp Black pepper or to taste
To serve:
Sour cream

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  • For the pelmeni filling:

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Easy Russian Pelmeni


This Easy Russian Pelmeni recipe is one of the recipes that has been handed down in my family for generations and I am delighted to share this with you today. I love to make batches of these simple Russian pelmeni when I’ve had a busy day and I’m looking for some comfort food. 

To make these easy Russian pelmeni, start by making the pelmeni dough. To make the filling, mix ground meat with grated onion and season with salt and pepper. Pop some filling onto circles of dough and shape the pelmeni. You can use a dumpling mold if you have one, but seriously, it is not difficult to assemble these quickly. You’ll get into a rhythm once you’ve done a few. 

To make Easy Russian Pelmeni, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Easy Russian Pelmeni

Steps to make Easy Russian Pelmeni


Make dough


Sift 3 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl. Add 3 eggs and mix for a bit. Add ⅔ cup of water to the dough and combine everything by hand until you have a smooth dough


Let the dough rest


Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 20 minutes.


Make filling


Combine 2 pounds of ground meat with 1 large grated onion and season to taste with salt and pepper.


Roll out dough


Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and cut it out small circles using a round cookie cutter.


Add filling


Place some pelmeni filling on the center of the dough circles.


Shape the pelmeni


Fold the sides of each dumpling into a half-moon shape and pinch the edges together. Connect the two corners together and ensure each dumpling is sealed.


Dust with flour


Arranged the shaped pelmeni on a dusted with flour cutting board.


Cook the pelmeni


Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pelmeni. You may need to cook them in batches. When they float to the top, take them out of the saucepan using a strainer.



Serve the pelmeni drizzled with melted butter and sour cream on the side.

These Easy Russian Pelmeni are delicious Russian dumplings which will bring a smile to everyone’s face! Try making these soon and don’t forget to tag #CookMeRecipes in your instagram posts!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 11
Princess Vanderkooy

How did I only find out about these now? Tell me. Can't believe that had to get into my mid 30s to find something like this with such a great texture and amazing flavor.

Coraline Allrich

Really cute small dumplings, I love them!!

Analia Trautz

You can keep some of the water and make it like a soup, I don't know about you guys try it out, personally I really liked it.

Rosa Rosinsky

Another interesting recipe added into my collection, I want to have at least 10 tasty recipes for each country and now it is time to research Russia!

Greta Lannie

Indeed these where really easy to make, First time making something that looks like dumplings and I have to say that they are perfect.

Esme Fed

Yep 10/10, glad that I actually tried cooking them before judging, great flavor and a nice combination of meat and dough.


Perfect, seriously you don't need too many of them to actually be full yet you still want more of them, what sorcery is this?? hahah loved the way they taste and turned out.

Marisol Mihara

I have a friend that is Russian and his mom made these with a strange yogurt thing on the side kinda like sour cream, they called it smetana, now I made the pelmeni but they are nothing like the ones I had at my friend's place sadly, it was good but i personally think i'll stick with the pierogi russian dumplings instead they are salty and well textured compared to these but thats just my own personal opinion.

Joyce Scalice

Tried them with the butter honestly I don't think that I can get enough they are really good thanks for sharing this gem of a recipe.

Milani Gefre

When I was little I remember traveling to Russia with my dad to a friend of his that was getting married, they are fun people actually, anyway I remember how they basically had an endless supply of these (lol) Now I happen to stumble upon these here, maybe it's a sign and I will take it!!


Well done! Thank for sharing!

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