Delicious Bosnian Sataras – A Perfectly Balanced Dish

Welcome to my kitchen where I’ll take you on a culinary journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina with a dish that captures the essence of Balkan cuisine – Bosnian Sataras (also known as Satarash). This hearty vegetable stew made with peppers, tomatoes, and onions sautéed in olive oil is a staple in Balkan food culture for its simplicity and deliciousness.

Sataras is pronounced “satarash” and has variations such as Serbian Sataras, Croatian Sataras, and Bosnian Sataraš. It’s a basic type of sauce that goes great on top of roasted potatoes or as a side for meat dishes like roasted pork. But it’s more than just a condiment, it’s also a light vegetable stew that’s perfect for vegetarians or anyone looking for a healthy meal option.

In my kitchen, I like to think of sataras as a stew-like dish made from ripe bell peppers, fresh tomatoes and yellow onions paired with the perfect blend of spices that make it irresistible. The warm aromas from this Balkan vegetable stew made me reminisce about the times spent in Balkan kitchens with my grandmother, who always added a special touch to every dish she made.

I can’t wait to share with you this traditional Bosnian and Herzegovinian recipe that is perfect for family dinners or potluck parties. Whether you’re already familiar with the region’s cuisine or simply looking to expand your culinary horizons, Bosnian Sataras guarantees to take you on a flavorful journey of discovery.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bosnian Sataras (Satarash)
Bosnian Sataras (Satarash)

Are you in the mood for a hearty, satisfying dish that will transport your taste buds to the Balkans? Look no further than Bosnian Sataras (Satarash), a vegetable stew made with peppers, tomatoes, and onions. You’ll love this recipe for its bold flavors and versatility.

Firstly, Bosnian Sataras offers a range of texture and flavors. The vegetables blend together beautifully to create a rich, savory taste. The bell peppers, ripe tomatoes, and yellow onions add their unique flavors to form a savory concerto of tastes. This dish is slow-cooked to perfection, allowing the aromas to blend harmoniously. So, get ready to be swept away by the taste explosion happening in your mouth!

Moreover, this dish’s versatility makes it an excellent choice for daily meals or special occasions. The light vegetable stew made with peppers, ripe tomatoes, and yellow onions makes it a perfect side dish or pairing with meat dishes. It works well as a main course when served over rice or as part of a stir-fry with meat or tofu. You can even experiment yourself by adding personal touches like different spices or roasted vegetables.

Finally, Bosnian Sataras (Satarash) is healthy comfort food. It can serve as a vegetarian dish, filling you up and nourishing your body without the addition of extra fat or protein. Incorporating fresh ingredients like bell peppers and tomatoes will boost your immune system and give you an energy boost throughout the day.

In conclusion, there are so many reasons to love Bosnian Sataras (Satarash) recipe- from its rich flavor profile to its versatility and health benefits. It’s a simple yet nutritious meal capable of impressing guests while still satisfying family members at home. So why wait? Start cooking now for an end result that’s sure to fill both heart and stomach!

Ingredient List

 A splash of color and flavor in every spoonful!
A splash of color and flavor in every spoonful!

Before starting to prepare Bosnian Sataras, it is essential to gather all the ingredients in one place. Here are the necessary ingredients for making this traditional Balkan vegetable stew:


  • Olive oil: The recipe requires about 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Yellow onions: You will need two medium-sized yellow onions for the recipe.
  • Bell peppers: Use different colors of bell peppers to make the dish more colorful and flavorful. The recipe requires two green, one red, one yellow or orange bell pepper.
  • Tomatoes: You will need three large ripe tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes work best here for making Bosnian Sataras.
  • Paprika: Depending on how spicy you want your Bosnian Sataras to be, add at least 1 tablespoon of paprika or as per taste.
  • Water: Two cups of water is required to make the base of vegetable stew made from peppers, tomatoes, and onions.
  • Salt and pepper: Season your stew with salt and black pepper according to taste.

These are the basic ingredients required for making a delicious Bosnian Sataras. If you are vegetarian, you can enjoy it as a vegetarian dish or pair it up with rice or a stir fry. For non-vegetarians, roasted pork with potatoes is an excellent side dish pairing option.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect recipe for a cozy night in.
The perfect recipe for a cozy night in.

Step 1: Prepping the Ingredients

To make Bosnian Sataras, the first step is to chop all of your vegetables. You will need 2 yellow onions, 4 bell peppers (red or green), and 4 large tomatoes. Make sure to remove the stem from the bell peppers and chop them into small pieces, roughly the same size as the onions. The tomatoes will need to be chopped into small cubes.

Step 2: Cook the Onions

In a large pan, heat up 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat. Once heated, add in your chopped onions and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until they become translucent.

Step 3: Add in Your Peppers

Add in your chopped bell peppers to the onions and stir well. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes until the peppers have softened.

Step 4: Tomatoes and Paprika

Now it is time to add in your chopped tomatoes and 2-3 tablespoons of paprika. Stir everything together and let it cook for about 5 more minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down a bit and released some of their juices.

Step 5: Adding Water and Simmering

Once everything is combined and cooked down a bit, it is time to add in half a cup of water. This allows all of the flavors to meld together over low-medium heat for about 20-25 minutes.

That’s it! You now have a delicious Bosnian Sataras ready to serve. It’s a simple dish that can be served as a vegetarian main course or as a side dish with grilled meats or roasted potatoes. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Bold and vibrant, just like its Bosnian roots.
Bold and vibrant, just like its Bosnian roots.

One of the great things about the Bosnian Sataras (Satarash) recipe is its versatility. You can modify it to your preferences and even tweak it with ingredients you have on hand. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try for this delicious vegetable stew:

– Vegetables: While this recipe calls for bell peppers and tomatoes, you can use other vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms or green beans to create a different flavor profile.

– Spiciness level: If you like more heat in your food, you can add some chili flakes or jalapeno peppers to make it spicier. Alternatively, if you prefer a mild flavor, adjust the amount of paprika accordingly.

– Rice instead of potatoes: Instead of serving the Bosnian Sataras with potatoes, rice could be a good alternative carbohydrate option. It pairs well with the stew and allows your dish to have variances in texture.

– Meat options: Although traditional Bosnian Sataras is vegetarian/vegan-friendly, some recipes for this dish recommend adding roasted pork as a side dish. If you are a meat-lover, try pairing the vegetable stew with roast beef or chicken for an additional layer of protein.

– Sauce variations: Some versions of this recipe include a bit of sour cream or yogurt on top as a garnish. Additionally, others may substitute the olive oil the recipe calls for with coconut oil or butter for added richness.

With these tips in mind, you have plenty of opportunities to experiment with the Bosnian Sataras (Satarash) recipe in new ways that will keep everyone satisfied.

Serving and Pairing

 Chock-full of nutritious veggies and protein!
Chock-full of nutritious veggies and protein!

Bosnian Sataras is a versatile dish that can be served in a number of ways, making it a perfect meal for any occasion. Whether you are looking to serve it as a main course for dinner or as a side dish, this vegetable stew is sure to please.

One classic way to serve Bosnian Sataras is with rice. The flavor and texture of the rice perfectly complement the stew, making it an ideal pairing. You could even try making a stir fry with the Bosnian Sataras and rice, which will add an extra depth of flavor to the dish.

Additionally, Bosnian Sataras can be served as a side dish alongside roasted pork and potatoes for a heartier meal. The light vegetable stew made with bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and paprika enhances the flavors of the meat while giving your taste buds an added boost.

For those who prefer a vegetarian dish, you can try serving the Bosnian Sataras with scrambled eggs as a breakfast version. This provides a delightful balanced meal with fresh tomatoes and paprika flavors that make this variation one not to be missed.

Overall, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Bosnian Sataras based on your preference, occasion, or available ingredients in your kitchen. It’s no wonder why this balkan vegetable stew is so popular among food enthusiasts.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It's like a summer garden in a bowl!
It’s like a summer garden in a bowl!

One of the best things about Bosnian Sataras is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later consumption, without losing its delicious taste. To make ahead, prepare the dish as instructed in the recipe and let it cool down to room temperature. Once the temperature has dropped, store it in an airtight container and place it in your refrigerator.

It’s good to remember that storing Sataras for too long may cause its consistency to turn thicker, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the flavor will be negatively affected. I recommend consuming leftovers within 3-4 days to ensure optimal taste.

To reheat, pour the vegetable stew into a pan and warm it up slowly over medium heat for best results. You may add some water if it appears to be too thick.

If you plan on making a large batch of Bosnian Sataras for several people or a big event, make sure to properly cool down the dish before storing it in different containers so that it chills evenly throughout.

You can also freeze Bosnian Sataras by placing individual portions in an airtight container and storing them in your freezer for up to 2 months. Allow frozen portions to thaw before reheating.

Finally, I recommend not keeping leftover rice mixed with the stew. Simply keep them separate and combine only when heating up right before consuming for best texture and taste.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Versatile and adaptable, you can use any veggies you have on hand.
Versatile and adaptable, you can use any veggies you have on hand.

If you’re new to cooking Bosnian Sataras or any Balkan dishes, don’t get intimidated by the unique and flavorful ingredients. Here are some tips to keep in mind that will help you achieve a perfect satarash every time:

1. Ripe Bell Peppers and Tomatoes:

Using ripe bell peppers and tomatoes is essential in achieving the authentic flavor of Bosnian Sataras. Make sure to choose vegetables that are fresh, firm, and free from bruises or blemishes.

2. Slow Cooking:

This dish should be simmered over low heat for a minimum of one hour to allow all flavors meld together perfectly. Don’t rush the cooking process; patience is key to achieving tender bites and enhanced flavor.

3. Perfect Paprika:

Use high-quality paprika sourced directly from the Balkans or Hungary. It has a distinct flavor that complements the rest of the ingredients in the recipe.

4. Olive Oil:

Olive oil should be used when making Bosnian Sataras because it enhances its unique flavor, gives richness to the dish, while also working perfectly with other Balkan vegetable stews.

5. Salt:

Make sure not to over-salt Bosnian Sataras as it may overpower its subtle flavors. Start with small amounts of salt and taste as you go along before gradually adding more if needed.

6. Vegetarian Variations:

Use vegetable stock when making vegetarian Bosnian Sataras for added depth of flavor or simply omit meat entirely if desired.

Remember, practicing these tips while preparing your favorite Bosnian Recipes will result in perfect results every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Bosnian sataras is a delicious and versatile Balkan vegetable stew that you should definitely try making at home. Its lightness, simplicity and perfect blend of flavors make it a great option for any day of the week. The dish goes well with rice, as a side dish for meat or as a vegetarian option on its own. I am confident that with my recipe, tips and substitution recommendations, you will be able to make this dish like a chef.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and start cooking! Once you taste your homemade Bosnian sataras, your taste buds will thank you. And who knows, maybe you’ll even be inspired to explore other Bosnian recipes or Balkan cuisine in general!

In short, my take on this delicious Bosnian Sataras satarash recipe may become your new favorite dish. As we all know, food brings people together no matter the distance or what language we speak. This recipe spans borders and cultures and has been enjoyed by many generations throughout the Balkans. So go ahead and experience this taste of Bosnia Herzegovina for yourself. Trust me, it’s worth it!

Bosnian Sataras (Satarash)

Bosnian Sataras (Satarash) Recipe

This is a basic type of sauce that goes great on top of potatoes, or on the side and with meat. We usually eat it with roasted pork and potatoes. I am totally approximating all of the measurements for this recipe as I dont have them written down. I hope that it turns out for you if you try it! I am also hoping to put some more Bosnian recipes on here as well, I just have to figure out how since I dont use recipes for them. I'll try and post some pics one day as well... ;o) This is a reddish colored sauce/gravy that we eat. It's simple but very good. If you try it and ever want to add more stuff to it, feel free! Bosnian food is usually more simple, but very tasty.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Bosnian cuisine
Calories 91.3 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegeta seasoning (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, slightly heaping
  • 1 yellow onion, small to medium sized
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 tomatoes, medium sized
  • 1/2 cup water (or more)


  • You will want to add the vegetables in this order to the cooking pan, onion, pepper and tomato. I usually cut the onion up first, into rings and then I either halve or quarter the rings depending on how large the onion is. It doesnt have to be chopped into small peices, but it's totally up to you.
  • Heat a medium sized non-stick skillet over medium heat until it starts to get hot. Then add the oil and let the oil sit for 30 seconds or so until it gets hot. Add the chopped up onion and let it cook on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes or until it starts getting soft and translucent. While the onion is cooking, start chopping up the yellow pepper into strips about a quarter of an inch thick and as long or short as you like.
  • Once the onion is nice and soft, add the yellow pepper. Let that cook for about 10 minutes or more, until it becomes soft. Make sure not to let the veggies burn at all, they should just be nice and soft during the cooking process. You may need to add a little more oil if the 2 tablespoons isnt quite enough to keep everything nicely coated. I usually have enough oil in the pan to let the veggies sort of "simmer" in it. You may want to add a little water here and there as well to keep the sauce from getting thick and from burning on the pan. The sauce should be thin enough to spoon onto meat and potatoes but thick enough to keep it's consistency. I usually add the water around the time where the tomatoes are added.
  • Once the pepper starts getting soft, cut the tomato up into quart inch thick slices, again the length is up to you, and add to the onion and pepper mixture. Let the juices from the tomato cook out into the pan to add some more liquid. I usually lower the temperature on the stove to a nice simmering temp at this point. You can keep the skin on the tomato and let it shrink as the tomato cooks. Once you notice the skin starting to shrink up and almost peel away from the tomato, add the paprika and let it cook a few minutes to let the flavor come out of the paprika. Then add vegeta to taste. I usually add about at least a teaspoon, just depends on how salty and flavorful you like it.
  • Spoon over potatoes, mashed, roasted, baked, anything.

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Serving: 141gCalories: 91.3kcalCarbohydrates: 7.2gProtein: 1.1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 0.9gSodium: 4.1mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Easy, European, Inexpensive, Onions, Peppers, Sauces, Vegetable, Weeknight
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