classic gefilte fish

A classic passover recipe made with pike simmered in a savory fish broth!


Servings: 20 fish cakes 


Fish Cakes:

2 lbs of Pike Fillets, ground

1 cup onion, chopped

2 large boiled eggs 

2 large fresh eggs

3/4 cup Matzo meal

5 tablespoons sugar

1 sprig parsley

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Fish Stock:

4 cups fish stock or fish bones with water 

2 sprigs parsley

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup carrots, chopped

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

10 black peppercorns 

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional) 

2 bay leaves 

1 slice of lemon 



Fish Stock:

1. In a pot add the fish bones, water, and all the stock ingredients such as carrots, onions, fennel, parsley, etc.( you can substitute the fish bones with fish broth). Be sure this pot is large enough to add all the fish cakes later. 

2. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 1 hour (if using fish bones simmer ½ hour more). Once simmered, drain or remove all veggies. Discard all other vegetables but save the carrots for garnish.

Ground fish & Egg Mixture

1. Meanwhile, In the food processor, pulse the fish (without bones) for a minute or more to make ground fish. Remove and set aside.

2. In the same food processor, pulse onions for a minute. Then, add the parsley, boiled eggs, salt, and pepper until fine but not smooth. Set aside.

Shape Fish Cakes

1. In a large bowl, add all the fish cake ingredients starting from ground fish, onion mixture, matzo meal, eggs, sugar, salt, and pepper.

2. Combine the mixture well but do not over mix. You want it to be soft but still be able to shape in an oval cake.

3. Take small portions of the mixture and shape it into an oval. Use a ¼ or ⅓ measuring cup to ensure all cakes are the same size. The best way to do this is to roll the mixture into a ball then shape it into an oval.

4. You can keep the shaped fish cakes in the fridge until the stock is ready.

Cooking The Fish Cakes

1. Once the fish broth is ready, reduce the heat to low so the broth is at a gentle simmer. Gently place the fish cakes in one at a time. Use a spoon to move them around gently to create more space.

2. Once all the fish cakes are in, cover with a lid. Cook the broth on a medium-low simmer for one and half hours.

3. After an hour and a half, the fish cakes will be cooked and have turned white. Use a slotted spoon to remove them to a shallow serving platter. Pour some of the fish stock over the fish cakes to keep them moist. Garnish with sliced carrots (we saved from the stock above) and a parsley leaf. 

Place in the fridge for a few hours to chill. This dish is traditionally served cold



Classic Gefilte Fish
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