Baked Gefilte Fish Terrine

Excerpted from the book THE GEFILTE MANIFESTO by Jeffrey Yoskowitz & Liz Alpern. Copyright © 2016 by Gefilte Manifesto LLC. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved. Photography by Lauren Volo.

Note: The whitefish we use here refers to the species Coregonus clupeaformis from the Great Lakes. If you can’t find whitefish, substitute any one of the following: hake, sole, flounder, whiting, tilapia, or halibut.

Makes 1 small terrine; serves 8

  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces whitefish fillet, skin removed, flesh coarsely chopped
  • 1¼ tablespoons vegetable or grapeseed oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh watercress (or spinach)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¹/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Horseradish relish, for serving 
  1. If there are any bones left in your fillets, remove the larger ones by hand, but don’t fret about the smaller ones since they’ll be pulverized in the food processor. You can buy your fish preground from a fishmonger (usually a Jewish fishmonger) to ensure all the bones are removed, but try to cook your fish that day since ground fish loses its freshness faster.
  2. Place the onion in the bowl of a large food processor and process until finely ground and mostly liquefied. Add the fish fillets to the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients, except for the horseradish. Pulse in the food processor until the mixture is light-colored and evenly textured throughout. Scoop into a bowl and give it an additional stir to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350oF. Line an 8 x 3-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and fill the pan with the fish mixture.  Smooth out with a spatula.
  1. Place the loaf pan on a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. The terrine is finished when the corners and ends begin to brown. The loaf will give off some liquid. Cool to room temperature before removing from the pan and slicing.

Serve with horseradish relish.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Michelle Margules says:

    If I want to make several loaves to use over the chagim, what would be the best way to freeze them? Before cooking? After?
    Also, is there any reason I couldn’t substitute Salmon for white fish?

    1. Anna Hanau says:

      Hi Micehelle,
      We checked in with the folks at The Gefilteria, and here is your answer: Freezing the loaves after they are baked works very well. Simply wrap your baked and cooled loves in plastic wrap and foil and then defrost before you want to serve them. Salmon will be a great substitute for whitefish. Sometimes we like to mix the two together even.
      Hope you have a great holiday!

      1. Michelle Margules says:

        thanks so much1

  2. Anna Hanau says:

    Our pleasure! Good luck!

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