Polish Mushroom Cream Sauce {Sos Grzybowo-Śmietanowy}

I’ve had wild mushrooms on my mind for a few weeks now. I’m seeing my friends back in Poland bragging about their bounty on social media every weekend, and all I can do is dream about being in the forest behind our house, searching for the delicious treasure.

I did my searching at the local grocery store this week, not as exciting, but what’s exciting is that this wild mushroom cream sauce I made came out just as I wanted it to. Its chunky, creamy and earthy, and just like the one back home, even though I only used mushrooms available at the market.

Back home, we’d eat freshly picked wild mushrooms in identical cream sauce, normally over boiled potatoes, kopytka or kluski. No meat needed. Pieces of mushrooms would be plenty “meaty” to fill and satisfy even the most demanding of meat eaters.

Polish Mushroom Cream Sauce {Sos Grzybowy}

  • Yields: 5-6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min


  • 1/2 cup of dried wild mushrooms
  • 6 oz / 170g of fresh mushrooms (I'm using a mix of crimini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms)
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs of butter
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 each, peppercorns and allspice (whole)
  • 2 cups / 500 ml of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbs of flour
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 tsp of butter


  1. Soak dried mushrooms for 30 min in about 1 cup hot water.

  2. Wash fresh mushroom and chop into smaller pieces. Sauté in butter with onions until golden brown around the edges (about 10-12 min). Add water from soaking dried mushrooms along with stock, bay leaves, peppercorns and allspice. Chop dried mushrooms and add to sauce. Simmer on low for about 20 min.

  3. Add cream. Combine COLD water with flour and whisk. Add to sauce and bring to boil. Sauce will thicken. Add butter to finish off the sauce. Taste. Add more salt, if needed.

*I’m using a mixture of wild mushrooms, like this one. If you have access to a Polish deli (or an Italian store) you can most likely buy them there. This however is convenient and price is very affordable, comparatively.

Let me know how this recipe turned out for you.

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