1 pound whitefish or pike or a mix of both, skinned and boned
1 small onion
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 tablespoon matzah meal
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons seltzer or more if necessary
Prepare a large sheet of parchment paper for wrapping the gefilte fish loaf or smaller
sheets for patties or balls.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process fish until finely ground.
Alternately, you can purchase ground fish. Remove from food processor and place in a large
bowl. Without washing the food processor bowl, process onion with egg, matzah meal, salt,
pepper and optional carrot. Add onion mixture to the chopped fish. Add 2 tablespoons seltzer.
Mix to form a paste. Add more seltzer if paste seems dry and stiff.
With water-dampened hands, form balls, patties or loaves and place on prepared
parchment. Fish may be frozen at this point. Wrap well in parchment and plastic. Freeze up to
for the fish broth:
1 medium onion, sliced in wedges
2 medium carrots, peeled
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar or less to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 fish skin (optional)
Place onion wedges and carrots in a 4 quart pot. Place gefilte fish on top and add water
to cover. Season with salt, sugar and pepper and add optional fish skin. The skin will cause the
broth to jell. Bring to a boil and lower flame. Continue cooking over medium heat for 1 hour for
loaf or 30 minutes for balls.
Remove from heat and cool. Remove fish and carrots from cooking liquid and discard
onions and skin. Reserve broth and refrigerate until needed.
You can substitute the whitefish for salmon to prepare salmon gefilte fish. Chopped
fresh dill adds beautiful color to your gefilte fish. Serve one ball each of plain, dill and salmon
gefilte fish with chrayn for a beautiful multi-colored fish course.
Gefilte fish can also be stuffed into sliced whitefish and poached. If the fish has been
sliced open by your fishmonger, be sure to tie a piece of twine around the slice to hold the gefilte
fish in place during cooking. You can also mold your raw gefilte fish around a carrot and cook
as directed. When sliced, the gefilte will have a pretty orange center.
Gefilte fish can also be sliced and cut with a flower-shaped cookie cutter for pretty
presentation. Top with a flower-shaped carrot slice.