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Fish Recipes for Shabbat When You’re Tired of Gefilte

Fish Recipes for Shabbat When You're Tired of Gefilte

Do you love gefilte fish on Shabbat so much that now you’re, well, tired of it?

It’s okay to take a break from the traditional Shabbat appetizer every once and a while!

Now that the slower days of summer are approaching, take advantage and experiment in the kitchen more.

Below are delicious fish recipes that are the perfect upgrade to your usual Shabbat gefilte. Enjoy!

1. Mediterranean Baked White Fish by Leah Leora

A beautiful, colorful, easy-to-prepare white fish baked Mediterranean style and loaded with oregano, garlic, tomatoes, red onion, and olives.

2. Lemony Sheet Pan Fish and Veggies by Ally Mawhirter

Sheet pan dinners are a wonderful trend for busy families. Here, Ally has kept the ingredient list simple, but you can spice up your lemony fish and veggies to suit your tastes.

3. Sticky Salmon Cubes by Mirel Freylich

Also called candy fish, this one’s a real treat!

4. Layered Salmon Salad by Amy Stopnicki

This delicious fish dish is super easy to make, has tons of flavor, and looks beautiful served!

5. Southern Baked Fish with Hot Honey Drizzle by Brynie Greisman

Fish fillets with a twist. Highly recommended! Make the honey sauce as hot and spicy as you like.

6. Fish Taco Lettuce Cups by Michal Frischman

My sister Brina is all about lettuce cups these days, and she inspired this appetizer. I take the easy way out and use storebought fish seasoning, but feel free to make your own. Everything can be made ahead, but the salmon is best served warm.

7. Lazy but Crispy Fish by Kim Kushner

I call this “lazy fish” because it’s the perfect recipe to make on a lazy day. You aren’t the only one who gets tired of cooking, trust me. This recipe has become a weekly staple in my household. Choose any thick-fleshed fish fillet you like, coat it with a simple crumb topping, and roast it for no more than several minutes. The golden crumbs include a mixture of cornflake crumbs, panko, lemon, and a hint of sun-dried tomato. This is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Serve it with a tossed salad and dinner is set. I love making this dish for a party because it doesn’t take long to prepare and everyone likes it. You can make the crumbs ahead of time and store them in the fridge, so they are set to go when you need them. Then pick up some fresh fish and you’re ready to roll.

8. Fish-Optional Lettuce Tacos by Michal Frischman

Fish tacos or variations thereof are one of my go-to appetizers, but I’ve hosted many meals where I notice my guests don’t love fish, and at that point I feel bad that I don’t have a plan B. This genius idea by Chanie (she’s not our intrepid editor for nothing) is plan A and plan B in one!

9. Blackened Salmon with Pomegranate Salsa by Leah Leora

The pomegranate salsa takes this dish to a whole new level, making it a real showstopper!

10. Shawarma-Inspired Fish by Estee Kafra

Here’s a fun twist on a traditional Middle Eastern dish.

11. Fish Patties by Elizabeth Zimmer

This is not a traditional Indian recipe, but rather a dish my mother created while living in Canada when she grew tired of fish curries. She never had access to canned tuna in India. When she came across it in Canada, she had no idea that people usually used canned tuna to make tuna salad. So, this is what she did instead. Today, it is a family recipe that her children make for their own children, and their children make for theirs.

12. Seared Tuna with Tomato-Olive Relish by Faigy Murray

Until recently, for me, tuna meant the stuff that you get from a can and eat with a toasted bagel. And then I discovered fresh tuna. I don’t know why they’re both called tuna, as the taste and flavor are so different. This recipe for fresh tuna makes the perfect light and fresh dish.

13. Salmon Stickies by Rivki Rabinowitz

You might think I’m always trying to throw unique ingredients your way, but for salmon, I pretty much exclusively make this marinade. The flavor combination works well with salad and pasta, or even on its own. Best of all? My kids devour it. I cut the salmon into strips to be extra cute, and that gets the young ones marginally more excited to ingest it.

14. Za’atar Salmon with Pomegranate Gremolata by Sina Mizrahi

When my kids were little (not very long ago), the afternoons stretched out and I’d join them on the floor — building Lego towers and erecting forts. I miss that stage more than I wished for it to pass. (Take note, young mothers, it flies by.) Play time was all day, and when dinner hour came along, I turned to easy, minimal recipes. This za’atar fish is nothing more than sprinkling some spices before the fish gets a short roast. We would eat it straight from the pan, flaking pieces of fish with our forks, swooping it into our mouths, like they were jet planes. The gremolata is a beautiful, fruity topping that adds brightness and contrast. I save it for when I’m particular about presentation. More often than not, I skip it, because some (many?) days, simplicity wins.

15. Salmon Vegetable Skewers from the Dining In Cookbook

Presents beautifully. Lovely on a bed of pasta, garnished with black sesame seeds.

16. Piquant Tuna Tartare by Yussi Weisz

Yussi’s tuna tartare is full of delicious flavor and a spicy kick. 

Watch the tuna tartare showdown on BHIS!

17. Fish with Flair by Esther Ottensoser

Looking for a new and exciting way to plate your fish course? Esther O shows us her tips and tricks for plating the perfect dish. With some sauces and veggies, your plate can become a showstopper!