No Thanks
Keep In Touch With

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Madge's Gefilte Fish

Martha's friend Madge Miller shares her recipe for gefilte fish.

  • Servings: 12
Madge's Gefilte Fish


  • Homemade Fish Stock
  • 2 1/2 pounds coarsely ground whitefish
  • 2 1/2 pounds coarsely ground yellow pike
  • 1/2 pound coarsely ground carp
  • 3 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons matzo meal
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 4 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika
  • Madge's Horseradish
  • Dill sprigs, for garnish


  1. In a large, wide pot, bring fish stock to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.

  2. In a large bowl combine whitefish, yellow pike, and carp. Add onions, eggs, matzo meal, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup cold water. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a paste.

  3. Moisten hands with cold water. Shape about 1/3 cup of mixture into an oval slightly larger than an egg (3 to 4 inches long). Place gently in simmering stock. Repeat with remaining mixture. Add carrots. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and simmer, until firm and opaque, about 1 hour. Cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container. Chill until stock gels, at least 4 hours or overnight. Serve cold, or at room temperature, garnished with fresh horseradish and a sprig of dill. May be made up to 2 days ahead.


Reviews (0)

Related Topics