gefilte fish

Pronunciation: [geh-FIHL-teh]

This popular Jewish dish consists of ground fish (usually carp, pike or whitefish) mixed with eggs, matzo meal and seasonings. The mixture is formed into balls or patties that are then simmered in vegetable or fish stock. After chilling, the gefilte fish is served in its own jellied stock and often garnished with grated horseradish, vegetable relishes or dill pickles. The name comes from the Yiddish term for "stuffed (gefüllte) fish;" in the past the mixture was stuffed back into the fish skin before cooking.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

One Fish, Two Fish — Try a New Fish

We’re used to hearing dire news about our ocean life, but here’s an inspiring story of recovery and renewal for fish lovers, cooks and people who care about seafood sustainability.

Low-Mercury Fish

Fish can be a low-calorie and heart-healthy choice and the omega-3 rich fish have additional health-protecting benefits. These picks have the lowest levels of mercury.

Sardines: The Underappreciated Fish

A good source of omega-3 fats, sardines also have as much calcium as a cup of milk and loads of vitamin D.

Fish Tacos — The Weekender

Though I love fish tacos, I rarely end up making them at home, because of the frying step. Bobby Flay’s recipe for Fish Tacos has you grill the fish instead of frying it. I had to try it.

Time Fish Perfectly

Tips from Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford and Food Network Magazine for perfect fish.

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Call it the ultimate holiday potluck: Seven chefs bring seven great dishes to the table for an old Italian Christmas Eve tradition.

Fish Market Guide

How to buy and store the freshest seafood

Give Fish Sauce a Try

Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens' Katherine Alford: Don't be scared off by a recipe that calls for fish sauce.

Fish Sticks: A Healthier Catch

Although fish sticks can be a great way to introduce kids to seafood, they're basically fried finger food. Instead of raiding the freezer, whip up this version.