The Art of Savoring Canned Gefilte Fish: A Step-by-Step Guide

As I reflect on my culinary journey, certain flavors and dishes evoke a sense of nostalgia and tradition. One such dish that holds a special place in the tapestry of Jewish cuisine is Gefilte Fish. The mere mention of it conjures images of holiday feasts and family gatherings, where the aroma of simmering broth mingles with the laughter of loved ones.

Today, I’m excited to explore a modern twist on this cherished classic: Canned Gefilte Fish. While my hands have lovingly prepared Gefilte Fish from scratch over the years, I’m equally enthralled by the convenience and flavors that Canned Gefilte Fish brings to the table. It’s a delightful surprise for both the seasoned cook and those just beginning their culinary adventure.

Canned Gefilte Fish
Discover the convenience of canned gefilte fish without compromising tradition.

Canned Gefilte Fish Recipe

How To Cook Canned Gefilte Fish—5 Easy Steps

Canned Gefilte Fish

Gefilte fish is one of those recipes where touch and taste are essential ingredients. This recipe is as good as hundreds of other successful different recipes from different regions of the world
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Canned Gefilte Fish
CookingStyle: Simmering
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Hung Dao
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  • Using a can opener (or knife, but do be careful!), open the can of gefilte fish. Pour out the fish—and don’t leave out the gelatin—into the cooking pot.
  • Next, add the vegetables and mix the ingredients together.
  • Put the pot over medium heat and boil the gefilte fish and veggies. After boiling, reduce the flame and simmer for at least 10-15 minutes.  You can also simmer this for up to 2 hours but be sure to add 1-2 cups of water and stir intermittently.
  • Remove the fish and veggies from the pot using a slotted spoon. Put them all on a dish and set aside to cool.
  • When the gefilte fish and veggies are cool enough, you can then slice the fish. You can also serve the fish whole (not in slices). Enjoy your gefilte fish with the veggies on the side.



You can also eat the gefilte fish without reheating it. But if you want it reheated, avoid bringing it into the boil as the fish may disintegrate and the veggies, very soft.
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Serving: 113g | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 280mg
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Elevating Convenience: Canned Gefilte Fish in the Oven

 Canned Gefilte Fish
Elevate your gatherings with canned gefilte fish. Convenience and flavor in one dish.


  • 1 can of Gefilte Fish
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of fish or vegetable broth
  • Fresh dill or parsley for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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  • Preheat the Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Prepare the Bed: In an ovenproof dish, create a bed for your Gefilte Fish by evenly spreading the thinly sliced onions and carrots.
  • Add the Gefilte Fish: Carefully remove the Gefilte Fish from the can, allowing any excess liquid to drain. Gently place the fish loaf on top of the onion and carrot bed.
  • Season and Pour: Sprinkle the fish with a pinch of salt and pepper for flavor. Then, pour the fish or vegetable broth around the fish loaf, ensuring it covers the bottom of the dish.
  • Cover and Bake: Cover the dish with aluminum foil, creating a snug seal. This will help trap the moisture and flavors. Place the dish in the preheated oven.
  • Bake to Perfection: Allow the Gefilte Fish to bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until it’s heated through and reaches an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C).
  • Final Touch: Once done, remove the dish from the oven, carefully uncover it, and garnish the Gefilte Fish with freshly chopped dill or parsley.
  • Serve with Love: Your Oven-Baked Canned Gefilte Fish is now ready to be served. Slice it into portions and serve with the cooked onions, carrots, and a drizzle of the delicious broth from the dish.

Tips for making Canned Gefilte Fish

Canned Gefilte Fish
Gefilte fish – where convenience meets tradition.

Cooking Tips for Perfect Canned Gefilte Fish

  • Gentle Handling: When removing the Gefilte Fish from the can, handle it with care. These delicate loaves can break easily, so use a gentle touch.
  • Seasoning Matters: While Canned Gefilte Fish is pre-seasoned, don’t hesitate to add a touch more of your favorite seasonings to suit your taste. A pinch of dill, a hint of paprika, or a squeeze of lemon can elevate the flavors.
  • Keep it Moist: If you’re opting for an oven method, ensure there’s enough liquid in the dish to keep the fish moist during baking. It’s the key to preventing dryness.
  • Timing is Crucial: Whether you’re reheating or baking your Gefilte Fish, stick to the recommended time. Overcooking can lead to a less-than-ideal texture.
  • Chill Before Serving: After heating your Canned Gefilte Fish, allow it to cool slightly before slicing. This helps in achieving cleaner, more defined cuts.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Skipping Seasoning: While the Canned Gefilte Fish comes pre-seasoned, a bit of personal seasoning can enhance the dish to your liking. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  • Neglecting Moisture: In oven cooking, ensure there’s enough liquid in the dish to keep the fish moist. Dry Gefilte Fish can be a culinary disappointment.
  • Overcooking: Adhering to the recommended cooking time is crucial. Overcooking can result in a loss of flavor and texture.

Serving Suggestions for Canned Gefilte Fish

 Canned Gefilte Fish
Chilled or warm, gefilte fish is a timeless delight.

Occasions & Audience:

  • Holiday Celebrations: Canned Gefilte Fish is a classic addition to Jewish holiday feasts, especially during Passover and Rosh Hashanah.
  • Family Gatherings: It’s an ideal choice for family dinners and gatherings where tradition and convenience are both valued.

Sides & Garnishes:

  • Horseradish: A dollop of horseradish adds a zesty kick that pairs wonderfully with the mild flavor of Gefilte Fish.
  • Sliced Carrots: Serve with the cooked carrots from the dish for a touch of sweetness and color.
  • Fresh Herbs: A sprinkle of fresh dill or parsley not only adds vibrancy but also enhances the flavor.

Beverage Pairings:

  • White Wine: A crisp, chilled white wine complements the mild flavors of Gefilte Fish.
  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water with a twist of lemon is a refreshing choice.
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Ways to Serve:

  • Chilled: Traditionally, Gefilte Fish is served chilled. It can be sliced and placed on a bed of lettuce for an elegant presentation.
  • Warm: As an alternative, serve it warm with the cooking liquid as a light broth. It’s equally delightful.
  • Sliced or Cubed: Experiment with different presentations. Slice it into rounds or cube it for a unique touch.

FAQs About Canned Gefilte Fish

Canned Gefilte Fish
Fresh herbs, fresh flavors.
  • Can I Freeze Leftover Canned Gefilte Fish? Yes, you can freeze leftovers. Ensure they’re wrapped well in plastic wrap and placed in an airtight container to preserve freshness.
  • Is Canned Gefilte Fish Gluten-Free? It’s essential to check the product label, as some brands may include breadcrumbs in their recipe. Look for gluten-free options if needed.
  • How Do I Store Unopened Canned Gefilte Fish?Store unopened cans in a cool, dry place, like your pantry. Check the expiration date before use.
  • Can I Serve Canned Gefilte Fish as an Appetizer Absolutely! It’s a common practice to serve Gefilte Fish as an appetizer, often with a horseradish sauce or a slice of carrot.
  • Can I Add Vegetables to the Cooking Liquid for Extra Flavor? Yes, you can enhance the flavor by adding sliced onions, carrots, or even celery to the cooking liquid for a delightful twist.

I invite you to savor every bite, to share the joy of this culinary tradition with loved ones, and to continue exploring the rich tapestry of flavors that bring us all closer together. Thank you for joining me on this flavorful journey, and may your kitchen always be filled with the warmth of tradition and the love of good food.

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