Mushroom paprikash, mushroom goulash

Mushroom paprikash (sometimes inadequately called mushroom goulash in English) is a flavorful mushroom stew, one of the staple foods of Hungarian cuisine.

Mushroom goulash is an easy to make vegetarian dish, one of the paprikash family. Although a vegetarian dish, it has the same strong flavors than it’s big brother, chicken paprikash. I really urge you to try it, it’s incredible how these complex flavors can develop from such simple ingredients.

Mushroom Goulash In Hungary

As mushroom goulash is very easy to make and button mushrooms are not only easily available but very cheap, this dish is often served as part of low-budget workday menus in Hungarian homes or canteens.

But as it is also very tasteful, you can find mushroom paprikash in almost every restaurant that serves Hungarian food.

Make it and try it, and let your kitchen be colored with a dish that can be only compared to the best vegetable curries of Indian cuisine.

Mushroom paprikash is served as a main dish, mostly with galuska. If no galuska is made, you can serve it over any kind of pasta, or even rice.

In this pictures you can see a very unique, fusion presentation: mushroom goulash over couscous.

Mushroom paprikash over couscous

Mushroom Goulash or Mushroom Paprikash?

I see often times this dish is called mushroom goulash in English. Although this can be kind of the right usage in English, in Hungarian this is simply a paprikash.

Goulash in Hungarian is a thick soup, made with meat (or sometimes beans) and root vegetables. This dish is more like a mushroom stew than a soup, and it doesn’t have any root vegetables. Also it has one ingredient that you never see in an authentic Hungarian goulash: sour cream.

So if you want to be authentic regarding Hungarian food, please note that this mushroom stew is definitely a mushroom paprikash and not a goulash.

Hungarian name: gombapaprikás.

Mushroom paprikash over couscous

Mushroom goulash (mushroom paprikash)

A Hungarian staple food, one of the best things that can happen to mushrooms
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 lbs button (champignon) mushrooms 900 g
  • 2 onions medium
  • 13 tbsp sour cream (200 ml)
  • 6 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water (480 ml)


  • Chop the onions and slice mushrooms 1/4-1/3 inch (5-8 mm) thick.
    Mushroom goulash step 1 - sliced button mushrooms
  • Sautée the onions in oil over medium heat until golden, for about 8-10 minutes. Lower the heat, add 4 tbsp (60 ml) water and let it simmer.
  • Cook the onions for about 30 minutes over low heat, adding 4 tbsp water at a time. (You can skip this step if you have no time, but this will create the nice and thick sauce for the onions.)
  • Take off the heat, add paprika and stir.
    Mushroom goulash step 1 - onions and paprika
  • Add sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper, stir and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes without adding any liquid.
    Mushroom goulash step 3 - add mushrooms
  • Mix sour cream with flour in a bowl, add 4-5 tbsp of mushroom sauce to avoid lumps.
    Mushroom goulash step 4 - sour creme and flour
  • Pour the sour cream mixture over the mixture, stir and let it cook for 2 minutes so that the flour thickens your mushroom goulash.

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