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Gefilte Fish

Gefilte means “stuffed” in Yiddish. A popular dish at Jewish holidays, gefilte fish is made from a seasoned mixture of minced or ground fish. It used to be stuffed into fish skin, which explains the name, but since the 19th century it has been increasingly made without the skin with the fish formed into balls or patties instead.

Recipe Servings: 2

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time
2 hours
Gluten Free
Dairy Free




    For Fish:
  1. Mix together the ground fish, eggs, onion, matzo meal, salt, pepper, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Shape mixture into fist-size oval balls.
  3. For Stock:
  4. Combine the carrot, celery, garlic, onion, sugar, salt, and water in a large stockpot and bring it to a boil.
  5. Add the gefilte fish to the stockpot.
  6. Return mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for 60 minutes.
  8. Serve gefilte fish with horseradish on the side.

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