International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Czechia: Recipes and Cuisine

River boat in Prague, Czech Republic

Image Creative Commons by David Blaikie

The food of Czechia, otherwise known as the Czech Republic, is as Central European as it gets. Hearty and filling, Czech cooking centers largely around roast meats, dumplings (knedlíky), sausages (vuřty), potatoes, cabbage and sauerkraut, cheese and a delicious variety of pastries, tortes and cakes. Caraway and marjoram are the most popular seasonings for flavoring dishes, especially roast pork.

Czechs have a strong pub culture, and small shops selling beer (pivo) and frankfurters (párky) are found in most towns and cities. This quick meal is eaten standing up at counters.

Typical Czech Dishes


  • Dábelske Toasty (Deviled toast with a meat topping)
  • Nakládený Hermelín (Marinated cheese with dark bread)
  • Topinka (Garlic-rubbed, toasted dark bread)
  • Utopenec (Pickled pork sausage)

Soups and Stews

  • Bramborová Polévka (Potato soup)
  • Cesnecka (Garlic soup)
  • Guláš (Meat stew)
  • Polevka s Jatrovymi Knedlicky (Liver dumplings in broth)
  • Zelnacka (Cabbage soup)

Eggs and Dairy

  • Liptavský Sýr (Liptauer cheese spread)
  • Smažený Sýr (Breaded fried cheese)

Noodles and Dumplings

  • Bramborové Knedlíky (Potato dumplings)
  • Houskové Knedlíky (Bread dumplings)


  • Pečená Husa (Roast goose)


  • Dušené Telecí na Kmíné (Braised veal with caraway)
  • Klobása (Smoked sausage)
  • Párky (Frankfurters)
  • Řízek (Breaded veal cutlet)
  • Roštěnky (Rump steak sautéed with onions)
  • Svíčková (Corned beef in sour cream sauce)
  • Vepřová Pečeně (Roast pork)
  • Vepřové s Krenem (Pork with horseradish)
  • Vuřty (Sausages)

Fish and Seafood

  • Peceny Kapr s Kyselou Omackou (Fish in sour cream sauce)

Vegetables and Beans

  • Cocky (Stewed lentils)
  • Dušené Houby (Sautéed mushrooms)
  • Dušené Zelí (Braised cabbage)
  • Fazolové Lusky na Parice (Green beans with paprika)
  • Rizoto se Zeleninou (Rice pilaf with vegetables)
  • Zelim (Sauerkraut)

Breads and Grains

  • Bramborák (Potato pancakes)
  • Rizoto se Zeleninou (Rice pilaf with vegetables)

Pickles and Preserves

  • Povidla (Plum jam)


  • Compot (Fruit compote)
  • Livanecky (Sweet panakes with blueberries and whipped cream)
  • Makový Koláč (Poppyseed torte)
  • Palacinky (Sweet stuffed crepes)
  • Švestkové Knedlíky (Plum dumplings)


  • Becherovka (Herb-flavored digestif)
  • Pivo (Beer)
  • Slivovice (Plum brandy)

Czech Recipes