Gefüllte Fish

Preparation info
  • Makes


    large cakes
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Better Than Store-Bought: Authoritative recipes that most people never knew they could make at home

By Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider

Published 1979

  • About

The name “gefüllte fish” is a puzzler to people whose knowledge of German or Yiddish exceeds their knowledge of fishy dishes. Gefüllte does mean stuffed, but present-day gefüllte fish is more like a stuffing than a stuffed fish. The explanation is that the chopped fish mixture was formerly (and still, but rarely) wrapped in fish skins before being cooked, creating, in effect, a stuffed fish.

This traditional Jewish dish has become so popular in America that supermarkets all s