Mushroom Paprikash

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This creamy vegan paprikash substitutes mushrooms for meat! Made with peppers and onions in a smoky cashew-based paprika sauce, this will be your new favorite comfort food meal.

Well, I already learned that I’m a big fan of vegan goulash, despite never having tasted non-vegan goulash in my life. Since starting this blog I’ve made vegan versions of traditional and American goulash.

I just learned that goulash has a cousin: paprikash. Paprikash is kind of like goulash, but with a creamy sauce. Of course I had to make a vegan version happen asap!

What You’ll Need

  • Raw cashews. This is what we’ll be using to create our creamy sauce. It’s important that they’re raw (roasted ones won’t work), and you’ll need to soak them in water for a few hours before getting started.
  • Vegetable broth. I used Better Than Bouillon’s roasted vegetable flavor.
  • Cooking oil. I like olive oil, but feel free to use your favorite high-heat oil.
  • Mushrooms. The recipe calls for cremini mushrooms (also known as baby portobellos), but button mushrooms will work in a pinch!
  • Vegan butter. Look for brands like Earth Balance or Miyoko’s.
  • Yellow onion.
  • Red bell pepper.
  • Garlic. This probably isn’t an ingredient in traditional paprikash, but it adds a nice bit of flavor.
  • Paprika. Sweet paprika is required for the recipe, but feel free to also include a bit of hot or smoked paprika for extra flavor.
  • Diced tomatoes. Use the canned kind.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Cooked rice. For serving! Feel free to use noodles instead if you like.
  • Sauerkraut. Also for serving, and totally optional!

How to Make Mushroom Paprikash

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll down if you’d like to skip straight to the recipe!

First, make sure you’ve soaked your cashews in water for a few hours before getting started. If you forget, try boiling them for 15 minutes, but know that they might not blend up as smooth.

  • Place the cashews into a blender or food processor with some broth and blend them up until they’re smooth.
  • Heat up some oil in a skillet and add sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Let them cook for a few minutes on each side, until they’re browned and tender. Make sure not to crowd the skillet — this may mean cooking them in batches.
  • Take the mushrooms out of the skillet and transfer them to a plate.
  • Now heat up some vegan butter in the skillet, then add sliced onions. Cook the onions for 10 minutes or so, until they soften and start to brown.
  • Now add some roughly chopped red bell pepper. Cook it with the onion for 5 minutes or so, until they begin to soften up.
  • Stir in the garlic and paprika. Cook everything for just about a minute more, until the garlic becomes very fragrant.
  • Return the mushrooms to the skillet, then stir in some diced tomatoes and vegetable broth, raise the heat, and simmer the veggies for 10 minutes or so, until the peppers are tender.
  • Now stir in the cashew mixture.
  • Bring the sauce up to a simmer and let it cook for just about a minute or so.
  • Take the skillet off the burner and season your paprikash with some lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

It’s ready! Serve your paprikash over rice and with some sauerkraut, if you like. Dig on in!

Mushroom Paprikash Tips & FAQ

  • Is this dish gluten-free? It is!
  • Shelf-life & storage: Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 4 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months.
  • How can I get the cashew cream super smooth? The best way is to use a high-powered blending device, like a Vitamix. If you don’t have one, the sauce might not look as smooth, but it will still be creamy and delicious. I made cashew-based sauces using a Ninja for years and never once did anyone complain that it wasn’t perfectly smooth.
  • If cremini mushrooms aren’t available, feel free to substitute portobellos or button mushrooms.
  • Not into rice? This dish would be awesome over pasta.

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Mushroom Paprikash

This creamy vegan paprikash substitutes mushrooms for meat! Made with peppers and onions in a smoky cashew-based paprika sauce, this will be your new favorite comfort food meal.

CourseEntree CuisineAmerican, Hungarian Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Soak time 4 hours Total Time 5 hours Servings 4 Calories 372 kcal Author Alissa Saenz


  • 1cupraw cashews,soaked in water 4-8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½cupsvegetable broth,divided
  • 2tablespoonsolive oil
  • 1poundcremini mushrooms,cleaned and sliced
  • 1tablespoonvegan butter
  • ½poundyellow onion(about 2 medium onions), thinly sliced
  • 1medium red bell pepper,roughly chopped
  • 2garlic cloves,minced
  • 2tablespoonssweet paprika*
  • 114 ounce or 400 gram candiced tomatoes
  • 2tablespoonslemon juice
  • Salt and pepper,to taste
  • Cooked rice,for serving
  • Sauerkraut,for serving (optional)

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  1. Place the cashews and ½ cup of broth into a blender or the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  3. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms in an even layer. Avoid crowding the skillet, and cook them in batches if needed.

  4. Cook the mushrooms for about 5 minutes on each side, until browned and tender.

  5. Remove the mushrooms from the skillet and transfer them to a plate.

  6. Melt the butter in the skillet, then add the onion. Cook the onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned.

  7. Stir in the pepper and continue cooking it with the onion for about 5 minutes, until it begins to soften.

  8. Stir in the garlic and paprika. Continue cooking and stirring everything for about 1 minute, until the garlic becomes very fragrant.

  9. Return the mushrooms to the skillet and stir in the tomatoes and remaining broth.

  10. Raise the heat, bring the broth to a simmer, and cook the veggies, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until the peppers are tender.

  11. Stir in the cashew mixture and continue cooking everything for about 1 minute, until very hot. You can thin the sauce with some water or extra broth if it becomes too thick.

  12. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

  13. Divide onto plates and serve with rice and sauerkraut.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information does not include rice or sauerkraut.

*Feel free to substitute a bit of smoked or hot paprika for extra flavor.

Nutrition FactsMushroom PaprikashAmount Per Serving (1 cup (¼ of recipe))Calories 372Calories from Fat 235% Daily Value*Fat 26.1g40%Saturated Fat 5.1g26%Sodium 272mg11%Potassium 1042mg30%Carbohydrates 27.1g9%Fiber 4.3g17%Sugar 11.3g13%Protein 9.9g20%Calcium 62mg6%Iron 3mg17%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.« Rich & Creamy Vegan Hot ChocolateVegan Cinnamon Rolls (with Overnight Option!) »

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Made this tonight. Soooo good. Added a hint of maple syrup and a pinch of paprika and cayenne pepper each to give it a little kick.


  • Wow, soooo good. I made it exactly as the recipe suggested and added some fresh cilantro at the end. Thank you so much for the recipe 👍


  • This was straightforward to make and turned out extremely well. We simply had to go back for seconds! I served it over quinoa for protein with sauteed cabbage on the side (no sauerkraut on hand). It also stood up to some tweaks: had white mushrooms in the house so substituted those and I replaced 1/2 tsp. of sweet paprika with smoked paprika. Thank you for developing and sharing this recipe.


  • Made this today. Excellent and “comforting”. I substituted sautéd tofu for half of the mushrooms, added 1/2 tsp. thyme when I was browning mushrooms, and added another 1/2 T. paprika. I tend to need to “spice up” as my sense of smell isn’t great anymore—I’m in my 70s. Thanks so much. I really enjoyed.


    • Great warm weeknight meal! I added some roasted eggplant which fit in perfectly with this dish. It also reheats very well!

      We served over quinoa for extra protein


  • Made this last night and it was delish. Doubled it up to have extra leftovers, so cook time took more like 1.5, verging on two hours (but I also have an electric stovetop, not gas). I did 3 tbs regular paprika, 1 tbs smoked and it was a good combo. Served with spiral pasta instead of rice. But will definitely add this to my rotation, just maybe more for a weekend meal prep based on the time investment.


  • Excellent recipe Alyssa, even my non mushroom eater is enjoying it. We paired this with wild rice and red cabbage and apples. Delicious-Thank You


  • I’ve made this twice. My husband and I both love it. I use 1 1/2 tablespoons of regular and 1/2 tablespoon of smoky paprika. Delicious! Thank you!


  • My meat eater boyfriend said he would go vegan if it all tasted as good as this recipe! Absolutely loved it and was super easy to make!


  • This was shockingly good. Thank you!


  • Amazing!! Stumbled across this recipe while looking for a way to use up mushrooms, a red bell pepper, and diced tomatoes. Was very pleased to find a recipe that used all 3 and was even more delighted with how good this tastes!!


  • I made this Mushroom Paprikash last night and served it over baked potatoes. It was incredible! I had some leftovers for breakfast and it was the perfect start to my day. Every recipe I’ve made from this site–and there have been many–has been outstanding. Alyssa has a gift!


  • I liked it! I only occasionally eat mushrooms so it is a compliment indeed. The only part i forgot was the lemon juice at the end. Still good.


  • So wonderful and easy to make. Served over sautéed spinach with a side salad of tomatoes, cubes, and onions in olive oil and red wine vinegar. Made exactly as is. I could substitute some smoked paprika next time, but really don’t need had a smoky taste as us. Thanks for this and all your great recipes.


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