Solyanka (russ.: солянка) – a rich salty spicy stew – is one of the most popular dishes of the Russian cuisine. There are different kinds of Solyanka: with meat, sausages, fish or mushrooms. Most important ingredients are cucumber pickles or salted mushrooms. In Russian Solyanka means "salty", derived from the word соль - [sol] (salt).

Ingredients (for 4-6 Persons)
2 litres (=8 cups) rich meat- or bones stock
500 g (=1.1 lb) different sorts of meat (smoked pork chops, gammon, sausages, cooked meat from the stock, chicken)
2 onions
2 pickled cucumbers
100 ml (=1/2 cup) brine
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
black peppercorns
oil or butter
fresh herbs (dill, parsley)

Solyanka - step by step

Make meat stock (as for borsch), strip meat off bones and chop it in fine pieces.


  • Solyanka tastes very good with capers and black olives. Add shortly before serving to your taste.
  • Solyanka is often made with mushrooms. Stir 100 g salted or pickled mushrooms together with onions and cucumbers and cook with other ingredients.

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