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Golden Tilefish Gefilte Fish with Preserved Lemon and Beet Chrain

Golden Tilefish Gefilte Fish with Preserved Lemon and Beet <em>Chrain</em> Related:   appetizers, fish, low-fat, pareve, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur

Prep time: 25-30 mins + overnight refrigeration

Cook time: 50-60 mins

Yield: 10-12 servings

Flecked with green herbs and served alongside a vibrant beet chrain, this is a striking first course for a holiday meal. The chervil, tarragon and preserved lemon are new accent flavors for a classic dish that is sometimes considered bland—they might even convert some gefilte fish haters!


  • Gefilte Fish
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs or matzah meal
  • 1 quart fish stock (preferably homemade from clean fish bones)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds golden tilefish filet, skin and bones removed
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup chervil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Beet Chrain
  • 2 medium red beets
  • 4 tablespoons prepared horseradish, or to taste
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ preserved lemon, minced (for garnish)


  • For the gefilte fish, cover the breadcrumbs or matzah meal with 1 cup of fish stock and let it absorb.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Sauté until wilted, but not yet browned 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. In a food processor, add the fish in chunks, stock-soaked breadcrumbs or matzah meal, cooled onions, egg yolks, chervil and tarragon, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  •  In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form firm peaks. Stir a little into the fish mixture, then quickly fold in the remaining whites.
  • Bring the remaining fish stock to a simmer in large pot. Test the seasoning by putting a small amount of the mixture into simmering fish stock. Cook for 5 minutes and taste, then adjust seasoning. Form the gefilte fish into balls and gently simmer in fish stock 8 to 10 minutes until cooked through. Cool and refrigerate. Reserve some of the fish stock, cool and refrigerate.
  • For the beet chrain, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put the beets in a deep pan and cover with water. Cook in the oven until tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes. Peel and cool. Pulse in a food processor with the horseradish, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Adjust the amount of horseradish to your taste.
  • Serve the chilled gefilte fish lightly covered with some of the chilled fish stock, sprinkled with preserved lemon and with beet chrain on the side.

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