What Russians Eat

Well, one can write endlessly about the cuisine of the peoples of Russia. But the best thing to do is to come and taste them all!

But if we put traditions and nationalities aside, what and how do modern Russians typically eat in their everyday life?

Please, sit back and relax, dear guests, as we begin our lunch. As they say, you are welcome to all we have. And, of course, you will have a lunch of various dishes and kompot… or rather a dessert, of course.

Traditionally, Russian people begin their lunch not with starters, but with first course.

This basically includes different soups.


Russians like soups very much. Their consumption is considered very healthy, because soups and stocks are nourishing and good for digestion. Almost all soups are served with smetana, herbs and bread. Ok, let’s admit it, bread is served with almost every dish, it is only dessert that may be eaten without it. The most popular is so-called black bread – bread from rye flour. Oh, it seems we have wandered off course. So, what are the soups that are served for lunch?

Second course

Second course on the Russian table is notorious for its diversity.

For the second course Russian usually have meat, mushroom or fish dishes; some of them are quite traditional, while some are borrowed from other cultures. 

Salads and starters

More often than not, starters consist of a plate of sliced vegetables or an assorted cheese, fish or meat platter. Also, pickled products are traditionally served: pickled cucumbers, sour cabbage, tomatoes, rampson and mushrooms. All these things make your mouth water and are good appetizers to pair with strong drinks.

Salads are ardently beloved by our people. Vegetable salads from cucumbers, tomatoes, radish, herbs, lettuce, sweet peppers and other vegetables in different combinations are usually served with second course as a garnish.


So, the time has come for dessert!

Sweet foods in Russia can be served as the third course at lunch, as sweets to serve with tea, or as a separate dish (especially if they include pastries like pies or pancakes). There weren’t a lot of sweet foods in Rus’. They were mainly baked foods, honey, fruits and berries.

There are plenty of good beverages in Russia. They include the legendary vodka, infusions, medovukha, and different wines. Good nonalcoholic beverages include such original Russian drinks as kvass, fruit drinks and kompots from cranberries, cloudberries, blueberries, raspberries and other berries.

And forgive me, but I can’t leave pickled cucumbers’ brine unmentioned. Yes, people drink it. Obviously, in special situations.  This beverage works miracles the morning after Russian holiday feasts.