Authentic Viennese Goulash (Wiener Fiakergulasch)

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

While goulash originated in Hungary, Vienna made it it's own. Dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, goulash became a staple of Austrian and particularly Viennese cuisine and can be found in any gasthaus throughout Austria. The secret to get this beautiful dark color is to saute the onions until very dark before adding the meat. Use hungarian paprika but don't let it burn, it will get bitter. In Vienna, Gulasch is served either with a fresh kaiser roll or bread dumplings called "Semmelknodel" and many time features a pickle as garnish.Good luck and enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil or lard in a heavy pot. Add onions and garlic and under constant stirring saute until very dark. Add salt.
  2. Add meat in batches, brown on all sides before adding next batch.Do not let the meat steam, raise the heat and add oil if necessary.
  3. Saute meat until browned on all sides, add paprika, stir until fragrant but watch out so it doesn't burn.
  4. Add broth, caraway seeds, majoram and tomato paste and simmer until meat is tender. Depending on the cut, this can take up to 2 hours.If it gets too dry, add some broth.
  5. When the meat is tender, make a slurry with the flour and a few ts of water and add little by little, checking on the thickness of the sauce.
  6. Simmer until the floury taste is gone and the sauce has the perfect consistency.
  7. Enjoy with spaetzle, dumplings or noodles.
Most Helpful

Hubby and I enjoyed this delicious goulash...I had it saved in my cookbook forever...I served it over home made spaetzle...very easy to prepare and yummy too! Thanks for posting it! =)

teresas March 17, 2013

Wonderful deep rich flavored goulash! Did keep a close eye on the beef while browning and the house smelled great while this was simmering. Served over noodles and very much enjoyed! Made and reviewed for Pick A Chef - Fall 2012.

lauralie41 November 09, 2012

This was the best goulash I've ever tried! Even DH, who is not really fond of goulash, admitted "yeah, more than four stars, and you can make it again anytime" which is a huge compliment! And I'm definitely going to make this again!! Thanks for sharing!
It was made with Red Cabbage With Apples as a side which made a perfect match for our taste.
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Mia in Germany March 26, 2012