Russian Piroshki (Meat Hand Pies)

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Sharing my mom’s secret to the softest and fluffiest piroshki (Russian hand pies) with simple beef and rice filling, but you can fill yours with whatever your heart desires.

Also try my equally amazing baked pirozhki here!

I'm sharing my mom's secret to the softest and fluffiest piroshki (Russian hand pies) with simple beef and rice filling, but you can fill yours with whatever your heart desires.


It’s official!! Dates are set. Tickets are purchased! We’re going to Mongolia next month!! And by we, I mean Grant and I. Unfortunately, it’s a busy season for my husband at the ranch and he won’t be able to join us this time.

But I can’t wait to be in my childhood home and be spoiled with mom’s cooking! I miss her cooking so much. If you’ve been around for a little bit, you’ve probably seen a few of her recipes already. But here’s another one.

These Russian piroshki (or pirojki, or pirozhiki, however you wanna spell it) are stuffed with simple meat and rice mixture and fried till golden brown perfection! This’s my favorite comfort food straight from my childhood.

It all starts with yeast leavened dough, which is so dreamy soft and fluffy. It’s truly the best part! I’ll share my mom’s secret for that super soft dough in a minute. But first, let me share a word about my trusted Red Start Platinum yeast. As you know, this’s my second recipe in partnership with Red Star Yeast, but it’s definitely not the only recipe I use it in.

I’m seriously a huge fan of their products, mostly because they consistently deliver amazing results.

How to make meat pie from scratch...

Ok, now the secret to the softest piroshki dough is vegetable oil! That’s it. Stirring in some vegetable (or canola) oil right into the dough yields the softest and most tender dough you’ll ever bite into.

Now, you can fill the dough with whatever filling your heart desires, mashed potatoes, cabbage and meat, all meat, or in this case, meat and rice. Anything works here!

Another quick tip.

You don’t need a thermometer to fry these savory hand pies. Simply drop the end of a wooden spoon into heated oil, and if it’s bubbling up around the wood, that means the oil is ready for frying! Drop those pretty little nuggets into the oil and watch them turn beautiful golden brown. Since we’re using pre-cooked filling, it won’t take long.

Step by step photo direction for Russian piroshki with meat and rice...

By the way, these meat hand pies are perfect portable meal for picnics, potlucks and all the summer activities! Hope you’ll give it a try.

Perfect for picnics, potlucks and any summer activities, these Russian piroshki (meat hand pies) are made of tender and soft dough, filled with simple meat and rice mixture and fried till crisp golden perfection!

As always, thanks for reading!

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4.96 from 22 votes

Russian Piroshki (Meat Hand Pies)

I’m sharing my mom’s secret to the softest and fluffiest piroshki (Russian hand pies) with simple beef and rice filling, but you can fill yours with whatever your heart desires.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 hand pies


For dough:

  • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet Red Star Platinum Superior Baking Yeast about 1 ½ teaspoons
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (240ml) warm water more if needed

For meat filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb (450g) lean ground beef
  • 2-3 garlic cloves pressed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • Oil for frying


  • To make the dough, in a large mixing bowl, combine flour, yeast and salt.
  • Add vegetable oil and water and mix until smooth. (If dough is too dry, add more water a little bit at a time until dough smooth and soft. Also, if the dough is too wet, add a little bit more flour.)
  • Coat the dough with a little bit of vegetable oil and place it back in the bowl. Cover with damp kitchen towel and place it in a warm place to rise, for about 30-60 minutes. (I put it in a microwave with a glass of hot water. Don’t turn on the microwave.)
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • Add the meat, garlic and salt. Cook the meat, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until cooked through. Transfer into a large bowl and mix it with rice.
  • Once the dough is doubled in size, take it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a smooth ball, 1-2 minutes. Lightly flatten the dough ball into a disk, and divide into 12 equal parts as you slice a pizza. Roll each piece into a smooth ball.
  • To make the hand pies, take a piece of dough and flatten it with your hands. Put the filling in the center and fold the dough in half. Pinch the edges of the dough to seal, creating a half moon. Then gently flatten it between your palms, making sure the sealed crimps are on flat side. (If it’s not clear, check out the photos above.)
  • Once all the hand pies are formed, heat 1-inch oil in a large skillet, or dutch oven. (Tip: You don’t need a thermometer to fry these savory hand pies. Simply drop the end of a wooden spoon into heated oil, and if it’s bubbling up around the wood, that means the oil is ready for frying!)
  • To cook the hand pies, drop 4 hand pies in the hot oil and cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook until it’s nice and golden. Remove into a bowl, lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil. Continue with the remaining batch.
  • Serve piroshki warm or at room temperature.


Servings: 1 hand pie
Calories: 331kcal
Carbohydrates: 36g
Protein: 12g
Fat: 15g
Sugar: 1g
Sodium: 318mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: russian

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you I love them! They’re great to pack for work lunches along with a side salad.

    Instead of beef and rice I multiplied the meat by 1.5 and added a diced red onion and it worked great. I also seasoned the meat with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and it worked like a charm <3

    1. So happy you loved the recipe, Katie. It sounds like you’re coming up with your favorite variations. Thank you for your feedback!

  2. Hi, I am looking to make piroshki as my grandmother made them and they were our favorite treats. But when she made them it had sugar and egg in the dough with a beef filling. While I hate to change anything, could this be added to the dough?

    1. Hi, Eva. Yes for sure. A little bit of sugar encourages yeast to work better. You may want to check out my baked pirozhki recipe, which included sugar and eggs along with other additional information. But if you prefer to use this dough recipe as a base and simply add sugar and eggs, then I’d suggest adding water in small amounts until the dough reaches perfect consistency. Hope you’ll like it.

  3. 5 stars
    First time making Piroshki’s this recipe was easy to follow, delicious dough recipe, I filled mine with half ground beef half sausage, onion and celery.

    1. Hi, Donna. Technically, yes, you can. But I’ve never tested it myself and therefore, I don’t have detailed directions on how to handle it properly. I prefer freezing cooked piroshki.

        1. I haven’t tried air fryer for these personally. But I do remember somebody left me a comment recently that air fryer worked perfectly.

        2. I’m trying it in the air fryer as I’m writing this, I’ll post to let you know. Update: you can do it in the air fryer

  4. 5 stars
    Made piroshki for the first time according to the recipe and it was a hit! The serving size (12 pieces) was so helpful to divide my dough. Thank you

  5. 5 stars
    So I made the dough only from this recipe and it was AMAZING!!! I stuffed my meat pies with ground beef, carrots, diced potatoes, onions, and it was so yummy! Also made a side of gravy . I thought this looked like the kind of dough I’d like and I’m so glad I chose it!!!will be using it for all kinds of other recipes : )

  6. 4 stars
    I found them to be a bit bland tasting; next time I will add more seasonings and some chopped green onion- fried cabbage would be good mixed in there too. dough was great!

    1. Thank you for your feedback, Linda. Glad you liked the dough. And as for filling, you can fill them with anything you like. Cabbage is also very popular filling.

  7. 5 stars
    I made them following your recipe a few times now and they were delicious!

    Today I am making them with chicken, green onions, mushrooms.

    1. Hi, Misheel. Yay, so happy you tried and love my recipe! Thank you so much for your feedback. And that chicken and mushroom filling sounds amazing!

  8. 5 stars
    These are delish!  Only I added some sautéed mushrooms &  Emerils seasoning for a little kick .  Also I baked mine at 400 degrees for 17 min since I don’t tolerate fried foods very well.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. You’re welcome, Kim!! Mushrooms are a great addition. So glad you loved the baked version too! Thank you for your feedback!!