gefilte fish


ge·​fil·​te fish gə-ˈfil-tə- How to pronounce gefilte fish (audio)
: balls or cakes of seasoned minced fish usually simmered in a fish stock or baked in a tomato sauce

Examples of gefilte fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just because racists want to make fun of Black people for eating watermelon doesn’t mean Leon needs to give up this delicious fruit, just as Larry shouldn’t let Jewish stereotypes prevent him from eating gefilte fish or herring. Michael Boyle, Vulture, 3 Apr. 2024 Agnes Berger, a Holocaust survivor and one of the recipients of the Seder food packages, was thrilled to receive her package — complete with one of her favorite Passover foods, gefilte fish — at her apartment in Davie on the Friday before Passover. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 22 Apr. 2024 Here are two twists on traditional dishes by respected food writers for the New York Times, Joan Nathan with a fresh take on gefilte fish, and Melissa Clark on a better beef dish to replace the sometimes-tough brisket. Charlotte Observer, 18 Apr. 2016 Trends from last year indicate orders for lamb, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish and brisket will increase significantly, Instacart said. Noor Adatia, Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2023 But definitely not gefilte fish. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2021 During the event, families packaged Passover foods such as matzah, grape juice, gefilte fish, and personal hygiene/toiletry items such as toilet paper, soap, rubbing alcohol and more. Sun Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2023 But one specialty, no one would buy: gefilte fish. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Others baked chicken and gefilte fish. Menachem Wecker, Sun Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Yiddish, literally, stuffed fish

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gefilte fish was in 1892

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“Gefilte fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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