Gefilte Fish

delicious Passover classic
Delicious Passover classic
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For the stock:
8 cup Fish stock
1 Onion cut into wedges
2 Carrots medium , peeled and cut into large pieces
2 stalks Celery cut into large pieces
small bunch Parsley
3 sprigs Fresh thyme
For the gefilte fish:
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 Onion chopped
2 Carrots medium, peeled and chopped
1 stalk Celery chopped
3 lb Pike fillets and/or whitefish, carp, boneless and skinless
3 Large eggs
¼ cup Parsley leaves
¾ cup Matzo meal
Kosher Salt to taste
Black pepper freshly ground, to taste
To serve:
Horseradish prepared , to taste

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Gefilte Fish


Gefilte Fish is a poached fish dish made from ground deboned fish. It is typically served as an appetizer around Passover. But you can feel free to make this Jewish classic at any time throughout the year. 

It is really easy to make this dish too. Start by bringing fish stock, onion, carrot, celery, parsley, and thyme to a simmer. Make the fish mixture by pulsing white fish in a food processor and mix it with a cooked onion and parsley mixture. Add eggs and matzo meal and mix well. Season and shape into balls. Drop into the hot stock and simmer for 25 minutes. Serve on endive with matzo and horseradish. 

To make Gefilte Fish, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Gefilte Fish

Steps to make Gefilte Fish


Make the stock


Bring 8 cups of fish stock, 1 onion, 2 medium carrots, 2 stalks of celery, a small bunch of parsley and 3 sprigs of thyme to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer.


Sauté onion, carrot and celery


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Sauté 1 chopped onion, 2 medium chopped carrots and 1 chopped stalk of celery until very soft. Remove the skillet from the heat and leave to cool.


Process onion mixture with parsley


Place the onion mixture in a food processor with ¼ cup of parsley leaves. Pulse until almost smooth then transfer to a large bowl.


Pulse fish in the food processor


Chop 3 pounds of fish into large chunks and place them in the food processor. Pulse until finely ground but do not puree the fish (some texture is necessary).


Bring gefilte fish mixture together


Mix chopped fish, 3 large eggs and ¾ cups of matzo meal to the parsley and onion mixture. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Form into 20 large oval shaped balls.




Drop each of the fish balls into simmering stock and simmer for about 25 minutes until completely cooked through. You may need to cook the fish in batches if the saucepan is too crowded.



Serve with a bit of horseradish and the cooked carrots from the stock.

This Gefilte Fish is a delicious classic Passover appetizer. If you make this delicious fish dish, please come back to leave a review to let me know what you think.

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Total Reviews: 21
Ailyn Kallstrom

If you're a fan of fish and love to stay healthy, you'll love this appetizer, I really recommend it.

Everleigh Zohn

Try this if you want something healthy,delicious and simple, really stands out when you put it on a fancy dish too!

Raylynn Hoffstadt

Had it with white wine for a small dinner with my boyfriend, we both had an amazing time and spoke about my chef skills,LOL!

Azariah Oberg

Made these for my husband and he's obsessed with them, going to be making these a lot.

Maryjane Jedziniak

My grandma is Jewish and she loved it, thanks :)

Delia Purpera

Can't wait to make this yummy Gefilte again, was great, all the flavours blend well.

Paityn Jennewein

Incredible Gefilte! Bravo ma'dam, you officially have my attention now, I'll be cooking many things from your list!

Sandra Koechner

Happy with the flavours in this fish, made mine with some white rice on the side and since I'm a fan of fish and lemon I added a bit to the top, was fantastic.

Nahla Mastropolo

I'd say don't add anything extra and follow the recipe exactly because I tried adding more salt to it and it was over the top! Don't stray from the steps if you want it to turn out good.

Vivianna Policicchio

I would not blame anyone for making this as a daily appetizer, the best fish gefilte out there!

Antonella Renstrom

Love this classic Jewish fishy dish!! One of my all time favorites and now I can make it in my own home, thank you so much for sharing this.

Celia Strommen

I cooked these recently for a get together with a few friends and they could've sworn I had ordered it from somewhere, they were really shocked when I told them I made these and that it was super easy! Long story short, they expect me to cook everytime they come over,lol.

Clover Housley

Mine fell apart so quickly but were still enjoyable, thx.

Caleigh Gutshall

Going to be making this and some no bake keto-cheescake for dessert, think it will be tasty.

Bellamy Kirbo

Onion with parsley sounded so weird to me since i've never done it before but it was perfection in the end, good with the fish.

Whitney Oalmann

When I made this it only took my family a few seconds to finish the plate, unbelievebly good, 5 stars from me.

Lilyann Rava

Anyone have any recommendations on what I should add to this? I love it but i feel like i am missing something.

Karis Reager

Thanks for this, ultra tasty and made me automatically bookmark the page.

Anneliese Feigelson

Fast, easy, simple appetizer for one or two people, happy with the outcome and will be making again.

Jana Ryals

Really happy with how these turned out, they are quite delicious and rather simple to make.


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