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What To Serve With Pelmeni – 11 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your pelmeni, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for pelmeni.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with pelmeni are borscht, sour cream mashed potatoes, pickled red onions, and dill pickle chopped salad. Try steam-fried vegetables, blistered asparagus, and broccoli slaw for healthier options. You can also serve chili noodles, wild rice pilaf, and roasted mushrooms.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.


Craving for something comforting to go with your pelmeni? 

You can’t go wrong with this Russian classic – borscht soup. 

The combination of different root vegetables and the flavors from dill, vinegar, and tomato paste makes a deliciously filling soup that’ll leave you feeling warm and cozy. 

Serve your pelmeni alongside a piping hot bowl of classic Russian borscht soup for the ultimate comfort meal.

Sour cream mashed potatoes

These jazzed-up mashed potatoes are an excellent side dish for your meaty pelmeni.

Adding sour cream to these mashed spuds makes them creamier and imparts a tasty, slightly tangy flavor.

Plus, sour cream also goes superbly with pelmeni, making this dish even more of a perfect accompaniment.

These sour cream and chive mashed potatoes will be your new go-to recipe.

Quick pickled red onions

Want to keep your pelmeni the star of the show? 

These quick pickled red onions are the ideal side dish for your little dumplings. 

They add a crisp and tart bite to complement your pelmeni. 

You’ll only need 15 minutes to put together these quick pickled red onions, but you’ll need to let them sit at least overnight.

Dill pickle chopped salad

Serve your pelmeni with a side of this chopped salad for a light and hearty lunch. 

This salad is packed with fresh veggies such lettuce, kale, and radish. 

Everything is tied together with a Greek yogurt-based dressing that features dill pickles and dried dill. You could call it dill-icious (sorry).

This easy dill pickle chopped salad is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and nutrients. 

Chili noodles

Take inspiration from Chinese cuisine and serve your pelmeni with a side of these chili oil noodles.

A great thing about this dish is how effortless it is.

You only need 10 minutes to get these noodles from your stove to the dining table. 

And the most cooking you’ll be doing is boiling your noodles and heating your oil for the sauce.

If you have frozen pelmeni on hand, pair them with these hot oil chili noodles for a quick and delicious meal, ideal for those midnight cravings.

Steam-fried vegetables

With its meaty filling and pasta-like wrapper, pelmeni can be considered a meal on its own. 

But if you want to add more vitamins and nutrients to them, make these steam-fried vegetables. 

This method allows your veggies to develop lightly caramelized spots before letting them steam until they’re tender (but not soft).

Simply Recipes has a detailed guide on perfecting this technique.

Wild rice pilaf

Serving pelmeni for the holidays or a special occasion?

They pair well with this festive wild rice pilaf. 

This rice dish is loaded with veggies, spices, and dried fruits that combine to give you a substantial meal. 

Wild rice takes more time to cook than white rice, but it’s worth the extra stove time.

Your dinner will instantly feel special with a serving of this wild rice pilaf.

Blistered asparagus with whipped feta

Pelmeni can be time-consuming to make, so if you want something simple but healthy as a side dish, give this asparagus dish a try. 

It features roasting asparagus at high heat, making them extra crispy and flavorsome.

But what really takes this dish up a notch is the horseradish whipped feta.

Horseradish may be an unconventional addition, but it gives your feta a subtle spicy kick that pairs superbly with your pelmeni.

Give these blistered asparagus with horseradish whipped feta a try tonight!

Roasted mushrooms in browned butter sauce 


These roasted mushrooms are a tasty but low-effort side dish you can serve with your pelmeni.

Your usual roasted mushrooms get a massive flavor boost from adding browned butter, garlic, and thyme sauce.

The result?

Juicy mushrooms bursting with lip-smacking nutty, umami flavors. 

Here’s the full recipe: Mushrooms In Browned Butter Sauce.

Broccoli slaw

This slaw is chock-full of crisp and crunchy ingredients, tossed in a sweet-tangy mayo dressing. 

It’s a light and refreshing slaw, the perfect accompaniment to fried food – your fried pelmeni being no exception. 

Try this broccoli slaw for a fun and flavorful twist on your traditional coleslaw.

Cream mushroom potatoes

Pelmeni and cream mushroom potatoes are great make-ahead dishes that can easily feed a large crowd. 

Make the creamy mushroom gravy in advance – so when you’re ready to serve, you just have to reheat it.

Once you have your potatoes boiled, smother them with your gravy, bake for about 15 minutes, and you have a decadent and satisfying casserole. 

You’ll need a nap after eating these delectable cream mushroom potatoes.

The best side dishes for pelmeni

  • Borscht
  • Sour cream mashed potatoes
  • Quick pickled red onions
  • Dill pickle chopped salad
  • Chili noodles
  • Steam-fried vegetables
  • Wild rice pilaf
  • Blistered asparagus with whipped feta
  • Roasted mushrooms in browned butter sauce
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Cream mushroom potatoes

What To Serve With Pelmeni

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your pelmeni.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: pelmeni side dishes, what to serve with pelmeni
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 275kcal


  • 1 portion pelmeni


  • Prepare your pelmeni according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: borscht, sour cream mashed potatoes, quick pickled red onions, dill pickle chopped salad, chili noodles, steam-fried vegetables, wild rice pilaf, blistered asparagus with whipped feta, roasted mushrooms in browned butter sauce, broccoli slaw, and cream mushroom potatoes.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 275kcal

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