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Classic Gefilte Fish

The debate is not over whether to serve gefilte fish, but over what condiments should accompany it. Both white and red spicy horseradish come in jars designated as Strong, Double Strong, Triple Strong and Clear-Your-Sinuses. Then there's red sweet horseradish and, of course, mayonnaise. Chrayonaise, another popular choice, is equal parts red horseradish mixed with mayo. Here's a hot tip: Wasabi sauce is the latest gefilte condiment rage. The colder the fish the better, I think. About half an hour before the meal, I slice and arrange the fish on a platter, and keep it chilling in the refrigerator until just before serving.


  • Prep Time : 5 min min
  • Ready Time : 5 min


8 servings


  • 20 baby carrots
  • 2 large onions, chopped coarsely
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 (22-ounce) loaf frozen gefilte fish


  1. Place carrots, onions, water, salt and pepper in a 4-quart soup pot, cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Rinse frozen gefilte fish loaf under water to remove label, but do not remove parchment wrapper.
  3. When water boils, add fish and return to boil; immediately lower heat to simmer.
  4. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours
  5. Drain in colander, transfer fish to sealable container and remove parchment paper by unrolling. Add carrots and onions to container.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours.
  7. Serve sliced with carrots and onions as a garnish.

About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




17 Responses to Classic Gefilte Fish

  1. avatar says: rinaf

    when placing the gefilte loaf, i have to wait for it to come to a boil and then simmer or place the loaf and reduce heat?

    • add loaf make sure comes to a boil again with the gefilte loaf in the pot of water then reduce heat to simmer

      • avatar says: gloria

        can I refreeze cooked gefilte fish loaf

        • you can… people do all the time… I find sometimes (not always) it gets slightly too “watery” tasting… but that’s just me, as I said people do all the time!!!

  2. avatar says: mybobba

    Having grown up on homemade and yes them making my own, I do not know how anyone can eat that stuff that comes in a frozen roll with paper around it. I once tried it , took one taste then let my husband eat the rest. Sorry I really taste a huge difference.

    • avatar says: marfern1

      And mybobba’s comments help how? Sounds like you had a bad day and had nothing better to do than insult everyone else.

    • – *Marfern1 thanks for being so protective of our feelings ;) — Mybobba I can certainly understand that it’s a acquired taste but it’s really all about what you grow up with — Hubby was raised on jarred gefilte and he doesn’t like it, he LOVES it!!!

  3. avatar says: Omer Elam

    Loved your video recipe for cooking the A&B frozen gefilte fish. Looks scruptious.
    Can you tell me where to find it here in the greater Oklahoma City area. I’ve looked every where we usually find (at least biblicly kosher foods)but can’t find any.

    • Hi Omer — have you tried the kosher section of Shoprite or Wegmen’s or Stop n Shop or Ralph’s or Kroeger’s not sure what chains you have out there — will be in the freezer section.

  4. do I have to use the mill machine to blend the ingredients can’t I use the mixing bowl?

  5. avatar says: Mark

    Hi Jaime, I was looking for a real classic gefilte fish recipe. But using store bought frozen gefilte fish loaf??
    My grandmother would hit me over the head with her walking stick.
    Do you have the full recipe for making your own gefilte fish balls?

  6. Was looking for recipe for gefilte fish. Not the frozen log. If you can’t get Pollack or white fish, what can you substitute

  7. Your gefilte fish recipes look wonderful but we can’t buy fresh or frozen gefilte fish mix here in Nova Scotia, unfortunately.

    I use 2 parts haddock and 1 part cod and process it in 1″ chunks while it is still frozen. (I leave it on the counter for about 10 minutes before cutting it up.) Process the first 1/2 pound until it looks like snow. Then add the rest of the fish in 1/2 lb. lots.

    This year there was no cod in the fish department, so it was all haddock. I baked it and it came out light and fluffy like a souffle!

    We like our gefilte fish still warm.

    • OMG and WOW and thanks so so much for sharing!!!! (Nova Scotia?!?!? How cool? If you don’t mind sharing how you came to live there I would just LOVE to know!!!)

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