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Ukrainian Borsch

6 to 8 Servings

2½ hours 1 hour active

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Though there are many ways to make Ukrainian borsch, the chunky, vividly hued dish always is savory-sweet, with a touch of acidity. Based on what we learned from chef Ievgen Klopotenko, we developed a borsch recipe that can be made with either beef or pork. Traditionally, borsch was cooked over wood fire, which imparted a smoky flavor. We add smoked paprika to mimic that. Home cook Stanislav Kots included star anise and caraway in his version, spices that complement the earthy-sweet and meaty flavors. The addition of white beans comes from home cook Katerana Ilyasevich, who used them to add heartiness and texture. This recipe requires two cooking vessels, as is customary: a pot for simmering the meat and a skillet for sautéing the aromatics. Sour cream and dill are key finishing flavors that are stirred into individual bowls, so don’t skip them.

6 to 8



Don’t be afraid to brown the aromatics when sautéing them in the skillet. Onion, beets, carrots and tomato paste all contain natural sugars that caramelize with cooking, building flavor compounds that add depth and complexity.

2½ hours

1 hour active


  • 2

    pounds boneless beef chuck roast or boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1½-inch chunks

  • 2

    star anise pods


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Brady S.
February 20, 2024
Fantastic flavours
I live in Alberta where we have many Ukrainians and borsch is a standby, but this was my first time making a borsch with meat! The flavours were outstanding - sweet, sour, earthy, smoky - and with some nice textural contrasts. Mine turned out more like a stew, as the 90 minute simmer reduced the water/base significantly, so I'd recommend adding water (or even simmer with the lid on) if you'd prefer it to be soupier.
Deborah R.
November 26, 2023
Didn't know what to expect but this exceeded my expectations! Absolutely delicious! My family loved it and it tasted even better the next day.
Kate L.
November 19, 2023
This is fantastic
Followed the recipe exactly. Used pork. It was bowl licking delicious.
Andrew N.
October 25, 2023
Delicious comfort food
Perfect fall meal! Flavors are so good! Beets and cabbage, never would have thought it’d be so good
Michael Y.
December 3, 2023
Very good
This was different than other borscht Ive had. This recipe makes something much richer and earthier. I really liked it.