Syrniki (Cottage Cheese Kotlety)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 5 mins

A Russian co-worker of my husbands provided this recipe to meet a request by a Zaar member.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Use only very dry cottage cheese.
  2. Put cheese through fine sieve, add sugar, well-beaten eggs, sour cream, lemon juice, and lemon rind.
  3. Mix very thoroughly.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Add flour by teaspoonfuls, mixing the mass constantly.
  6. Mixture should be very smooth and rather thick.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for 45 to 60 minutes, and then scoop small balls of it onto a slightly floured board.
  8. Form into round or oval kotlety about 3/4 inch thick, and about 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  9. Fry on both sides in pre-heated butter.
  10. Serve at once, sprinkled with mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and sour cream on the side.


Most Helpful

Wonderful! This is definitely the same taste I remember from eating these at the Russian Tea Room in NYC years ago. These are like little cheese dessert pancakes and they are scrumptious. The recipe was very easy to follow and produced excellent results. PLease thank your co-worker for me for sharing thier family recipe.. This is a winner!

HeatherFeather April 01, 2003

Most important point: this worked well for Passover using Matza Cake Meal!! On a more generic note, while I didn't have lemon rind or an hour to wait, these turned out swell. I second annz' opinion re low leat; I fried mine on medium-low and the middle was a little soft for my taste. Next time, I'll either add more sugar or a cup of raisins - personal preference. My toddler loved these!

Lighty April 12, 2009

These are delicious! although i found the mixture a little runny and so i didnt form them into balls, instead i put a spoonfull straight onto the pan. Also i found that i had to put it on extremely low-heat, because even medium heat was too high. But they turned out amazing!!!

annz May 08, 2005

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