Gefilte Fish Appetizer (Doctored from the Jar)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins

This is a recipe from my Aunt, Rosalee Patrick (my Mother's deceased sister), for doctoring gefilte fish from the jar and making it taste as if it were made from scratch. Trust me, IT'S GREAT! Thank you Aunt Rosalee, wherever you are...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place very little olive oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and just slightly brown.
  3. Add the pieces of fish and the fish geletin, carrots, celery and pepper to taste.
  4. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat back to medium or medium-low and simmer 8 to 10 minutes… Remove from heat.
  5. Take the pieces of fish out of the pot very gently and cool on a platter.
  6. Reserve the vegetables.
  7. Slightly oil a cookie sheet.
  8. Lay the pieces of fish onto the slightly oiled cookie sheet and turn the fish over, so that both sides of the fish are oiled. Place the fish into a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Turn the fish over and bake another 10 minutes, or until the fish is slightly browned. Remove from oven and refrigerate. Serve with the reserved vegetables and horseradish.


Most Helpful

I followed the recipe exactly, using my favorite Rokeach Old Vienna gefilte fish, which I usually recook in a pot with onions, carrots and water. I found the fish to be dry after baking it, and didn't feel that there was any enhancement to the flavor.

bbehar1231 April 27, 2016

This recipe is amazing. I followed the recipe exactly as written. Had it the next morning and still delicious. Very easy to make. Very close to the way my nana made it except for the shape.

Suzin Z. September 26, 2014

Delicious! I always "doctor" my gefilte fish, but I've never finished it by baking. It made a big difference. This is my permanent gefilte fish recipe. I used white fish and pike for the fish and also added some sugar.

aviva June 05, 2008

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