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Gefilte Fish Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

Doctor up your gefilte fish loaf by turning it into fish cakes with a flavorful wasabi sauce.  A really wonderful first course for a holiday meal. 

These cakes can be made with either a completely defrosted 20-22oz. frozen loaf or a 24 oz. jar of gefilte (sans jelly– which of course I love and he hates), broken up with a fork.

Join me on this one, folks, because you’re gonna love this recipe, along with your not-so-crazy-about-fish loved ones. It’s a special Quick & Kosher Rosh Hashanah rendition of the classic gefilte fish, mixing in diced red onion, red pepper, celery, s&p, some mayo (for both flavor and binding) along with an egg (for more of a binder) and crushed matzah (not matzah meal). Fry these babies up and serve ‘em with a lemony mayo horseradish sauce and the new year starts to look a whole lot brighter.

Gefilte Fish Cakes
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  • 1 loaf frozen gefilte fish, defrosted (22-ounce) or 1 (24-ounce) jar, drained
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 ½ cup light mayonnaise, divided
  • 4 tablespoon chopped dill
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed Manischewitz matzo
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 tablespoon prepared horseradish


1 In a large bowl combine gefilte fish, peppers, onions, celery, ½ cup mayonnaise, dill, salt, pepper, egg and matzo and stir well to combine. Using slightly wet hands, scoop ¼ cup and form into patties. Place on a sheet pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes before frying.

2 Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Fry patties in batches for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. (Can be kept warm in the oven at 250° F).

4 In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 cup mayonnaise, lemon juice and horseradish and stir. To serve, plate 2 cakes on a small plate and garnish with a tablespoon of horseradish sauce.