Fish Dumplings in Tomato Sauce

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From back home in Germany I fondly remember my Mom's pike dumplings. Since I could not easily find pike here, I tried making fish dumplings from simple cod and streamlined the recipe (e.g. breadcrumbs instead of soaked bread). I also tried two different sauces, a saffron-vanilla sauce and a simple tomato sauce. The simple tomato sauce was much better since the dumplings are quite flavorful, so there is the recipe:


Fish Dumplings

  • 1lb 2oz / 500g cod (or similar fish) fillets
  • 2 oz/ 60g breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup / 250ml cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cognac
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp dill, chopped

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 can (28 oz / 800g) plum tomatoes
  • ½ cup / 125ml white wine
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp cognac
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For Serving and Garnish

  • a few sprigs of fresh dill
  • shaved Parmesan cheese


Fish Dumplings

  1. Combine all ingredients except the dill in a large food processor. Blend until smooth
  2. In a large pot bring at least 2 quarts / liters of salted water to a very light simmer
  3. With your hands form 12 dumplings, use generous amounts of flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, carefully place the dumplings in the hot water.
  5. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then remove from water, quickly rinse under cold water, drain, then place in a serving bowl and keep warm.

Tomato Sauce

  1. In a heavy pan melt the butter and add the chopped onion. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes until soft and translucent. Add garlic, cook for a few more minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, white wine, cognac and herbs. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Puree with a stick blender.
  4. Season with salt and pepper


  1. Pour tomato sauce over the dumplings.
  2. Garnish with fresh dill and shaved Parmesan cheese.

Yields 12 dumplings, 4 portions

Preparation time ca. 1 hour


Thanks for sharing this

Thanks for sharing this recipe. Simple and yummy.