Gefilte Fish – Traditional Jewish Recipe

This is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish Holidays treat, but because there are no Jewish shops around my place, I had to adapt it a bit, using non-kosher ingredients.

Ingredients (4 persons)

    • ¾ kg carp fillets (I used bighead carp)
    • 3-4 slices Sweet Bread, Brioche or Challah
    • 1 egg
    • 3 medium onions
    • 2 carrots
    • 8 slices of crackers, crumbled
    • parsley leaves
    • Sugar
    • Pepper

Preparation method:

  1. Check carefully the fillet slices for any bone, then grind them. If you don’t have a meat grinder you can use a cleaver to mince them.


  2. Mix thoroughly the minced / groundfish with the soaked slices of sweet bread, cracker crumb, an onion chopped, the egg, salt, and pepper.


  3. With wet hands, form the paste into 4-5 cm balls.
  4. In a pot with water boil the remaining onion, green parsley, sliced carrots, sugar and salt.
  5. When the carrots are softened, carefully add the fish balls and simmer them until done.

  6. Add to a skillet/wok some oil, I used grape-seed oil and about 2 tablespoons of semolina.
  7. When the semolina’s colour changed to golden, add 1/3 of the fish balls and stir them shaking softly the skillet until they encompass the semolina and change their colour to golden-brown.
  8. Serve the fish balls with sliced carrots and grated horseradish.
Happy Hannukah!