Polish Beef Goulash {Gulasz Wołowy}

Gulasz… a warm and smooth sauce with tender pieces of favorite meat slowly dripping over kluski śląskie or koputka. You had me at gulasz.

Today, I’m doing gulasz wołowy the way it was made in my home. Beef seared and then stewed with onion, carrots and spices. Aroma fills the kitchen and moves out into the rest of the house. Nothing brings me back home like the scents of my parents and grandparents kitchen. I feel very accomplished if I can recreate those scents in my home. I’m hoping they are secretly sneaking into my daughters part of the brain responsible for making and preserving memories. I’m hoping that she, like I, will feel a bit closer to her family after we’re long gone, just because she just smelled or ate some stewed beef. 🙂

In my home gulasz wołowy [goo-lash voh-woh-vyh] was almost always served with kasza gryczana (buckwheat) and a side of  home-made pickles. To me, this combination goes so well together, its my favorite way to eat it. Pickle cuts the boldness of the gravy, and makes it sweeter. Silky sauce soaks into the kasza, paired with a piece of tender meat, they make a perfect bite.

Poles still eat a lot of kasza, not only buckwheat, but also pearl barley, millet, bulgur, in soups, cabbage rolls, or even sausages. I feel it’s a bit under-appreciated here in the US. Maybe you can help me bring it back to life.

Polish Beef Goulash {Gulasz Wołowy}

  • Yields: 4-5 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 60-90 min


  • About 1 lb / 500 g of beef
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 3 tbs of oil / grease
  • 3 bayleaves
  • 5 each peppercorns and allspice (whole)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 cups / 1 liter of beef broth (chicken also OK)
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 4 tbs of flour


  1. Wash, dry and cube beef. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a medium saucepan heat oil/grease, add beef, bay leaves, peppercorns and allspice. Brown on medium heat until edges start to brown, add chopped onion and sauté another few minutes, until onion cooks and browns a bit around the edges.

  2. Add broth and simmer on low for about 45 min. Add cleaned, peeled and sliced carrots and simmer for another 15 min until beef reaches desired tenderness.

  3. In a small bowl mix COLD water with flour and whisk with a fork or a whisk. Add to sauce and bring to boil. Taste. Add more salt, if needed.


Serve over buckwheat kasha, or other favorite gravy soaker-uper.

Let me know how this recipe turned out for you.

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