Frozen pierogies rule. If you don’t live in an area with a high concentration of Polish restaurants, you shouldn’t be forced to endure a life without dumplings stuffed with potato puree, sweet cheese, or other delicious fillings. Like many people, I grew up on Mrs T’s Pierogies. And while those are still totally essential (and highly accessible) frozen pierogies, I found some other delicious dumplings you should try if you spy them at the store.
For this taste test, I boiled all of the pierogies we tried. If you are making pierogies at home, I highly recommend boiling them and then sauteing them in butter, which is how my dad made them when I was growing up (be sure to serve them with a big dollop of sour cream, too).
I know that dumpling season isn’t really a thing, but it should be. When the weather starts to cool down, there’s nothing more satisfying than a plate of pierogies. So, in honor of the forthcoming dumplin’ season, these are the best frozen pierogies you can buy.
- Golden Potato & Cheddar Pierogies
Compared to other frozen pierogies, Golden brand frozen pierogies are very doughy. The dumpling part of the dumpling is very thick, and while I didn’t love that, I had to rank these because the cheddar-flavored potato filling is just so delicious—thick and creamy and rich with savory cheesy flavor. These would definitely benefit from being sauteed in a pan with some diced onion after they’re boiled, just to brown up some of that dumpling dough. Also, if Golden decided to release this frozen pierogi filling as a bag of frozen mashed potatoes, I would definitely buy it!
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- Bandi Foods Pierogies with Sweet Farmer’s Cheese
Frozen pierogies filled with what is essentially a sweetened, less curdy version of cottage cheese might sound weird, but these are so interesting and so good. Known as Pierogi z Serem in Poland, these delicate little dumplings have a filling that reminds me of ricotta that’s been mixed with powdered sugar. If you don’t have a major sweet tooth, these frozen pierogies would make an amazing dessert—serve them with some berries or compote and some whipped cream, and it’ll be like you’ve died and gone to Poland.
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- Grandma’s Perogies Potato & Mushrooms Perogies
I wish all mushroom-flavored products had as much concentrated, savory mushroom flavor as the potato-mushroom filling inside these frozen pierogies. It’s so umami and wonderful. I also love the size of these frozen pierogies—a perfect two-bite food. I don’t know how available these are, but the bag says they’re made in Buffalo, New York, and we found them at a grocery store in Los Angeles, so there’s hope for you, too. They may not be in the number one spot, but they’re certainly the best frozen pierogies if you’re a mushroom lover like me.
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- Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar
I know I said I grew up on Mrs. T’s pierogies, so you might think I’m biased, but even in a head-to-head taste off, these things are so good. The dough is tender and it isn’t too thick. And the potato filling is so creamy. We tried a couple other varieties of Mrs. T’s pierogies and these are the best mostly because they’re so pleasantly neutral. Onion was too onion powdery. Four cheese was a bit aggressively cheesy. If you want big cheddar flavor, buy Golden Potato & Cheddar Pierogies; the filling in Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar pierogies just tastes like nicely seasoned mashed potatoes, and you get a really good amount of filling in these. And, yes, these did get bonus points for being so readily available. The best frozen pierogies just might be the frozen pierogies you’ve been eating all along.
Best Cheese Filling
Best Filling Overall
Best of the Best
Other products we tried: Mrs. T’s Four Cheese, Mrs. T’s Onion, Bandi Pierogies with Potato & Fried Onion, Grandma’s Sauerkraut Perogies, Potato Pierogies (I’m not joking, the brand was written in polish and I don’t know what it was)