Soviet Cuisine: Assorted Fishes

Esteemed Readers, we pass to more complicated appetizers among which fishes (herrings, cod family & not expensive red ones) were extremely popular. Neither New Year nor any other important family event could did without these dishes. Today we cook the herrings & fish under the sauce also mentioned in “The Irony of Fate”.

Herring Paté 2 Ways Ingredients:

Way I: 1 medium herring (it might be salted), butter – 2 tbsp., a bit of nutmeg, 1 apple & sprouts of greens for decorations.

Way II: the same ingredients, 2 apples.


Wash & peel the herring. Cut it into small pieces, add the butter & mash in a blender. Add the nutmeg. Prepare a serving dish. Shape the paté as a fish (you might use the herring real head & tail as decorations). Place apple pieces around. Decorate with green sprouts. If you wish to make the paté more sophisticated, add another grated apple into the mass. The taste will become more delicious. If you have no desire to decorate the dish, just serve it into a proper little bowl with toasts.

Fish Under the Sauce Ingredients:

1 big or 2-3 medium fish on choice (as a rule white fish family), 2-3 carrots, 2-3 onions, 1 glass of tomato passata, 1-1.5 glass of fish broth (on demand), some sprouts of parsley, some oil on choice, some flour, 1-2 bay leaves, 3-5 cloves, a bit of cinnamon, salt, pepper, sugar.


Peel of the fish, clean it well. If the fish is big, cut it into medium pieces, if not leave it as it is. Add salt, pepper. Cover with flour & fry with oil. Leave it to cool down. Meanwhile prepare the sauce: wash, peel off the vegetables, slice them, put into a deep stewing pan, fry with oil for few minutes. Add the tomato passata, spices, cover & cook at a low heat for about 20 minutes. Then add 1-1.5 glass of broth/water, boil well, add salt, pepper, little sugar. Cool it down but not too much. Place the fish into a deep serving dish, add the sauce, decorate with sprouts of parsley.

Enjoy the meal!🍤🧅🥕

PS. The recipes are translated from authentic Soviet Culinary Books.

Maria KethuProfumo


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2 Responses to Soviet Cuisine: Assorted Fishes

  1. All the fish dishes sound yummy, Maria. I love fish so these are very appealing. Thank you. I’m having mine with a crisp Chenin Blanc.

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