Crock Pot Pierogi

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5 from 20 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes

Crock Pot Pierogi are a mix of delicious pasta dumpling with creamy mash potatoes and cheese filling topped with butter and fried onions. Truly one of the worlds best comfort foods.

Crock Pot Pierogi on a white plate with a slow cooker in the background

Easy Crock Pot Pierogi are an easy three step and only three ingredients meal that is warm, satisfying and very comforting. Very quick, it takes only minutes to prepare and then the slow cooker does the work and dinner will be ready when you are.

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What We Love About This Recipe

This method is one of the best ways to cook frozen pierogies. The low and slow method infuses all the flavor of the butter and onions into the pasta pockets and makes them so tender and delicious. No need to boil first and then break out the skillet to saute the onions.

  • 5 Minutes of Prep: Only a few minutes and then the crock pot will make these pierogies with onion.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only a 3 ingredients. It is so simple.
  • Family Friendly: Crock Pot Pierogies are always a hit.
  • Adaptable: Can make Pierogi in the crock pot dairy free, low calorie etc.
Crock Pot Pierogi

Ingredient Notes

  • Frozen Pierogies: From the grocery store, a local church organization or homemade. Any type of frozen pierogi works great. Find more information about this ethic food here.
  • Butter: Eight tablespoons of butter. You can use margarine or other replacement if you are a vegetarian.
  • Onion: They caramelize so beautifully and make such a wonderful addition to the dish.
A crockpot, pierogies and onions with butter.

Equipment Needed for Cooking Pierogi

How to Cook Frozen Pierogies in Crock Pot

These are the basic steps for making Crock Pot Pierogies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Placing the pierogies, the butter an the onions into the crock pot.

STEP 1: CUT

First, cut your onions thinly and place in the crock pot. Then place the frozen pierogi in the pot along with the butter.

STEP 2: COOK

Finally, cook on low for three to four hours and then they are good to go. Salt and Pepper to taste and top with your favorite toppings.

Prep and Storage Tips for Pierogies with Onions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Honestly,there is no need to make these crock pot pierogies ahead of time as you are making then straight from frozen.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Cover any leftovers with foil or n an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat the pierogi dinner on the stovetop in a saucepan or in the microwave until warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE DAIRY FREE?

A buttery alternative can be used and also try a frozen pierogi without cheese such as sauerkraut and potato. This recipe is a great vegetarian recipe. These frozen pierogi are dairy free and vegan.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT VEGETABLES?

Of course, onions and pierogies go perfect together, however, you can use frozen peas and carrots, mushrooms or sauerkraut if you prefer.

CAN YOU ADD MEAT FOR A ONE POT MEAL?

Indeed, you can. This recipe is wonderful for Lent but you can always add sausage, chicken, chicken sausage or polska kielbasa to this recipe to round out the meal and makes a great kielbasa casserole.

DO YOU THAW FROZEN PIEROGIES BEFORE COOKING?

No, it is not necessary to thaw the frozen pierogi before you cook them. That is the beauty of this recipe.

WHAT TYPE OF PIEROGIES SHOULD I USE?

Traditional works but they have pierogies stuffed with sauerkraut, blends of different cheeses and even hot and spicy varieties to tempt your taste buds. They even have small batch varieties made by small local companies and church groups. The possibilities are endless.

A forkful of pierogi over a plate with a crock pot in the background.

Expert Tips for Making These Crockpot Pierogies Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Make a double batch for a crowd or mix and match flavors for a great variety.
  • Toppings: Top with fresh parsley or green onions or bacon bits. Try topping with sour cream or applesauce or more sharp cheddar cheese and make a crock pot cheesy pierogi casserole.
  • Spice: Try a little heat stir into the mixture a little Homemade Taco Seasoning or top with Jalapenos for a kick.
  • Variation tip: Greek Yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream. Also try cream cheese blends such as garlic and herb or dill to elevate your pierogi.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The Instant pot is a quick way to achieve the same result. Cook for one minute in water or two cups chicken broth and then do a quick release, drain. Saute your onions in the butter and spoon on top the pierogies.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Pierogi

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Crock Pot Pierogi
5 from 20 votes

Crock Pot Pierogi

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Crock Pot Pierogi are a mix of delicious pasta dumpling with creamy mash potatoes and cheese filling topped with butter and fried onions. Truly one of the worlds best comfort foods.
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Ingredients

  • 12 oz pierogies, frozen
  • 1/2 cup butter , cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 onion , sliced thinly

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients into your slow cooker.
  • Put the lid on and cook for 3-4 hours on low, or until pierogies are cooked through.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Make a double batch for a crowd or mix and match flavors for a great variety.
  • Toppings: Top with fresh parsley or green onions or bacon bits. Try topping with sour cream or applesauce or more sharp cheddar cheese and make a crock pot cheesy pierogi casserole.
  • Spice: Try a little heat stir into the mixture a little Homemade Taco Seasoning or top with Jalapenos for a kick.
  • Variation tip: Greek Yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream. Also try cream cheese blends such as garlic and herb or dill to elevate your pierogi.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The Instant pot is a quick way to achieve the same result. Cook for one minute in water or two cups chicken broth and then do a quick release, drain. Saute your onions in the butter and spoon on top the pierogies.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 9mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot, pierogies, slow cooker

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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33 thoughts on “Crock Pot Pierogi”

  1. I want to try this today for thanksgiving dinner but I’m so afraid they will just end one one big glob of mush…..please re-assure lol

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  2. 5 stars
    I had no idea pierogi could be made in the slow cooker! We absolutely loved these and I’m excited at how simple it is to make. Thanks!

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  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight, was delish!!! I will try the onions on the bottom next time. I put in layers (used 24 pierogi) and was good. Onions didn’t all brown, but still cooked and soft. Flavor is amazing!

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  4. I’d like to add kielbasa in with the piroghi. Should the time be increased or would I need to perhaps add some chicken stock to accommodate the added volume?

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    • All of the recipes I post on my site are the actual photos from when I make the recipes. I don’t “fake” the photos for styling purposes. In this case, the pierogies came out of the slow cooker, were put right in the bowl and then photographed. The ones that were touching the crock, got the browned edges. My recommendation would be to put them in a single layer in the bottom of the crock so that you get maximum browning. I hope this helps 🙂

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  5. 1 box ain’t gonna do it. Will this recipe handle a full crockpot of pierogi? At least 4-6 boxes? What would the cooking time be?

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    • I think as long as your slow cooker is big enough so it’s not over-full. I would cook them for at least 6 hours.

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      • At any point in time do you stir. My recipe, very similar to yours, worked the first time. I put margarine on each layer with cooked onions and bacon. They turned out great. The second time not so great. Thought I did the same thing but they came out in one great big blob. What should I do different.

        Thanks

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        • I do not stir, just set and forget. Here are somethings to check… Did you use frozen pierogies both times? Did you exceed the 3-4 hour cooking time? Did you have your slow cooker set to low?

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