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homemade whitefish salad
Photo credit Sonya Sanford

The Best Whitefish Salad Recipe

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5 from 2 reviews

A zesty take on an Ashkenazi staple. This easy whitefish salad recipe is a bagel essential.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups


  • 8 oz smoked whitefish (or smoked trout or sablefish)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 23 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • black pepper, to taste


  1. Start by crumbling the fish off its skin into small pieces. Make sure to remove any bones in the process, especially if using a whole fish. 
  2. Add mayonnaise, sour cream (if using), parsley, dill, lemon juice, lemon zest and pepper to the fish. Taste and adjust to your liking. 


Salad will keep for up to 1 week refrigerated.

  • Author: Sonya Sanford
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Quick
  • Cuisine: Ashkenazi