How to Make Hungarian Goulash – A Quick and Easy Recipe

I was thinking that this was a little too wintry to cook today (it’s been pretty hot in London) but I have never cooked it before so I had to. Of course, I had to turn to Delia’s Complete Cookery  Course to see what the recipe entailed but as always I changed it slightly. I actually find that a lot of her savoury dishes need a little tweaking to modernise them – it’s not that much of a surprise as they were written in the 70s. Anyway, the addition of paprika somehow makes this stew summery and therefore it’s fine to have on such a hot day.

Goulash - Served with Boulangere Potatoes and Steamed Greens

Recipe: Hungarian Goulash


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 400g Stewing Steak – Blade steak is my favourite but I would recommend to get it in one piece so that you can cut it into strips
  • 2 tbsp Seasoned Flour
  • 2 Medium Onions – Sliced
  • 2 Red Peppers – Sliced into strips
  • 1 Carrot – In batons
  • 1 Clove of Garlic – Crushed
  • 1 Tin of Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Oxo Cube (optional)
  • 2-3 tbsp Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy casserole
  2. Toss the steak into the seasoned (all you need to do is add plenty of salt and pepper to the flour). Shake off any excess flour and brown in the casserole once it’s browned put aside on a plate. It’s best to do this in batches to not over crowd the pan and cool it down; you may need to add additional oil in between batches
  3. Add the onions to the casserole, turn the heat down to low and cook for about 5 minutes with the lid on until they are beginning to soften
  4. Add the carrots and peppers and cook for another 5 minutes
  5. Next add all of the rest of the ingredients include the pre-browned meat
  6. Replace the lid and put the casserole into the preheated oven. Cook for at least an hour or more (this dish doesn’t mind if it’s in the oven for 2 hours – just make sure that it doesn’t dry out)
  7. When you are ready to serve, swirl in the sour cream and enjoy

Quick notes

I have added additional vegetables into this dish but you can have more meat and less veg if you are that way inclined. I have also added an Oxo cube as it gives an additional depth of flavour


You can make this with turkey steaks to decrease the calories but then don’t cook it for so long as it will dry out. You can use actual steak to make a quick version of this dish but the only problem is that the flavours won’t have had so long to develop

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4