Fried Gefilte Fish Balls

Fried fish balls are a firm family favourite over pesach but can of course be eaten any time - especially good for kids lunch boxes and picnics


1. Wash and salt fish and leave to drain.

2. Peel and chop onion into 1" chunks. Put into food processor with the eggs seasoning and oil. Process until mixture is a smooth paste

3. Pour into large bowl add matzah meal stir and leave to swell.

4. Cut fish into 1" chunks and put into the food processor half at a time. Process for 5 seconds until the fish is finely chopped.

5. Add to matzah meal puree and blend by hand.

6. The mixture should be firm enough to shape into a ball about the size of a small apple. If not firm enough add a little more meal if too firm add a little water.

For Fried Gefilte Fish Balls

1. Add enough oil (about 1" deep) to a frying pan and heat. Carefully lower fish balls into oil and fry turning often over a moderate heat until they are an even brown. Remove when cooked and drain on kitchen roll. Can be served hot or left to cool.


White Pepper Pinch
Salt 2 Tsp
Eggs 2
Onion 1 Medium
Cod Fillet Skinned 1 Lb
Haddock Fillet Skinned 1 Lb
Sugar 2 Tsp
Oil 1 Tbsp
Medium Matzah Meal 2 oz

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Thats a very traditional recipe. However to save time we usually buy the Hyfry fish ball premix, available in the UK from all Kosher stores, but add to the recipe as follows :-

Blitz half a medium onion, 1/2 can of carrots ( drained) , 1 large egg salt and pepper, in a food blender long enough to produce a smooth carrot coloured "mud" with plenty of air incorporated in it. Fold this into the pack of Hyfry fish mix in a bowl ad add enough medium matzah meal until the mixture is firm enough to mould into balls. Deep or shallow fry in vegetable oil until golden brown . Should make 10-12 cakes.

Serve hot or cold with salad ....

I didn't know fish had balls...ROLF. No really though I tried these the other day as I was looking doe something a bit different and healthy for the kids lunch boxes and I cam across these - they are fantastic and so easy to cook. The kids want them all the time now!
Very popular in my house and a well used traditional meal throughout my jewish family. However i have another quick alternative we replace the fresh fish and use tinned salmon or tuna i even combine the 2 it works a treat keeping all the other ingrediants the same. Long live the fish ball!
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