Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff or beef Stroganov (Russian: бефстроганов befstróganov[1]) is a Russian dish of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with smetana (sour cream). From its origins in mid-19th-century Russia, it has become popular around the world, with considerable variation from the original recipe.

Beef Stroganoff
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A plate of Beef Stroganoff with rice
Place of originRussia
Region or stateEastern Europe
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsBeef, smetana (sour cream)
VariationsChicken Stroganoff, sausage Stroganoff


The dish is named after one of the members of the influential Stroganov family,[2][3] and its invention has been commonly attributed to French chefs working for the family.[4][5]

Recipe from A Gift to Young Housewives (1887 edition)

Elena Molokhovets's classic Russian cookbook A Gift to Young Housewives gives the first known recipe for Govjadina po-strogonovski, s gorchitseju, "Beef à la Stroganov, with mustard", in its 1871 edition.[6][7][3] The recipe involves lightly floured beef cubes (not strips) sautéed, sauced with prepared mustard and broth, and finished with a small amount of sour cream: no onions, no mushrooms and no alcohol. A competition purported to have taken place in 1890 is sometimes mentioned in the dish's history,[citation needed] but both the recipe and the name existed before then. Another recipe, this one from 1909, adds onions and tomato sauce, and serves it with crisp potato straws, which are considered the traditional side dish for beef Stroganoff in Russia.[6][8] The version given in the 1938 Larousse Gastronomique includes beef strips, and onions, with either mustard or tomato paste optional.

Sautéing of beef Stroganoff

After the fall of Tsarist Russia, the recipe was popularly served in the hotels and restaurants of China before the start of World War II.[9] Russian and Chinese immigrants, as well as US servicemen stationed in pre-Communist China, brought several variants of the dish to the United States, which may account for its popularity during the 1950s.[citation needed] It came to Hong Kong in the late fifties, with Russian restaurants and hotels serving the dish with rice but not sour cream.[citation needed]

Around the worldEdit

Beef Stroganoff preparation varies significantly not only based on geography, but based on other factors as well, such as the cut of meat and seasonings selected. Meat for the dish can be cut in different ways and is sometimes diced, cubed, or cut into strips. Some variations include mushrooms and onions or other vegetables and varied seasonings such as sugar, salt, black pepper, and bottled marinades (especially Worcestershire sauce) and rubs.[10]

Beef Stroganoff atop pasta

In the version often prepared in the United States today in restaurants and hotels, it consists of strips of beef filet with a mushroom, onion, and sour cream sauce, and is served over rice or noodles. In the UK and Australia, a recipe very similar to that commonly found in the United States has become popular, generally served with rice and sometimes with pasta as well as in commercially prepared frozen dishes.[11] Today, the dish is generally served over wide or twisted egg noodles in the United States. British pubs usually serve a version of the dish with a creamy white wine sauce, whereas more "authentic" versions are often red stews with a scoop of sour cream separately served on top.[citation needed]

Beef Stroganoff cooked with paprika and served with rice

Larousse Gastronomique lists Stroganov as a cream, paprika, veal stock and white wine recipe. The Brazilian variant includes diced beef or strips of beef (usually filet mignon) with tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms and heavy cream. Brazilians also prepare Stroganoff with chicken or even shrimp instead of beef. It is commonly served with a side of shoe-string potatoes and white rice. In Brazilian Portuguese it is called Strogonoff or Estrogonofe.

Iranian-style Beef Stroganoff

Stroganoff is also popular in Nordic countries. In Sweden, a common variant is korv Stroganoff (sausage Stroganoff; sv), which uses the local falukorv sausage as a substitute for the beef. In Finland, the dish is called makkara-stroganoff, makkara meaning any kind of sausage. Beef Stroganoff is, however, also a common dish. Diced brined pickles are also a normal ingredient in Finnish Stroganoff.

Stroganoff's popularity extends to Japan, where it is most commonly served with white rice, or white rice seasoned with parsley and butter. Its popularity increased dramatically with the introduction of "instant sauce cubes" from S&B Foods. These are cubes with dried seasoning and thickening agents that can be added to water, onion, beef, and mushrooms to make a Stroganoff-style sauce. Additionally, Japanese home recipes for Stroganoff frequently call for "non-traditional" Russian ingredients, such as small amounts of soy sauce.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ В. В. Лопатин, ed. (1999). "Бефстроганов". Русский орфографический словарь. Москва: Азбуковник. [V. V. Lopatin, ed. (1999). "Beef Stroganov". Russian Orthographic Dictionary (in Russian). Moscow: Azbukovnik.]
  2. ^ Вильям Похлёбкин (2002). Кулинарный словарь. Москва: Центрполиграф. ISBN 5227004609. [William Pokhlyobkin (2002). Culinary Dictionary (in Russian). Moscow: Centrpoligraph.]
  3. ^ a b Olga Syutin; Pavel Syutkin (2015). CCCP COOK BOOK: True Stories of Soviet Cuisine. Fuel Publishing. ISBN 978-0993191114.
  4. ^ Jennifer Eremeeva (2019-02-20). "The Definitive Beef Stroganoff". Moscow Times.
  5. ^ Sara Moulten (2017-01-25). "Amped-Up Beef Stroganoff is ideal dish for Valentine's Day". Detroit Free Press.
  6. ^ a b Елена Молоховец. Подарок молодым хозяйкам (in Russian). Санкт-Петербург. A Gift to Young Housewives, English translation: Joyce Stetson Toomre (1998). Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' a Gift to Young Housewives. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253212108. First edition of the book by Molokhovets was issued in 1861. Beef Stroganoff first appeared in the 1871 edition, as specified in Volokh, 1983, and Syutkin, 2015. The 1912 recipe mentioned by Toomre is in Alekandrova-Ignatieva, 1912, p. 611, but was also published in earlier editions.
  7. ^ Anne Volokh, Mavis Manus,The Art of Russian Cuisine. New York: Macmillan, 1983, p. 266, ISBN 978-0026220903
  8. ^ Александрова-Игнатьева, Пелагея Павловна (1909). Практические основы кулинарного искусства. Санкт-Петербург. p. 595. [Pelageya Alexandrova-Ignatieva (1909). The Practical Fundamentals of Cookery Art (in Russian). St. Petersburg.]
  9. ^ Frank Dorn, The Dorn Cookbook. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1953, pp. 126–127
  10. ^ "The Food Lab: Rethinking Beef Stroganoff". Serious Eats. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Lean Cuisine's Beef Stroganoff with Pasta". Archived from the original on 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2014-04-02.

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