Moldovan Fish Pudding Recipe with Onion, Milk and Parsley

Fish Pudding

Moldovan Fish Pudding Recipe with Onion, Milk and Parsley
Region / culture: Moldova | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6


Fish Pudding
Fish Pudding

Fish pudding is a unique and delicious dish that combines the flavors of fresh fish with creamy textures. This recipe has been passed down through generations and is a favorite in many households.


Fish pudding has been a popular dish in many cultures for centuries. It is believed to have originated in Europe, where fish was a staple food source. Over time, different variations of the recipe have emerged, each with its own unique twist.


How to prepare

  1. Clean, wash, and cut the fish into pieces.
  2. Remove all bones and grind together with the crustless bread that has been moistened in milk or water and then squeezed.
  3. Beat the butter until creamy, adding the yolks one by one, then the finely chopped onion, parsley, salt, pepper, the fish mixture, and the whipped egg whites at the end. Mix everything well.
  4. Butter a clean cloth, place the mixture within, tie the ends, not very tightly, and place it in a pot with salt water.
  5. Boil for 30 minutes, covered.
  6. When ready, take out of the cloth, slice, and serve warm with a butter, egg, or milk-based sauce.


  • You can add different herbs and spices to the mixture for a unique flavor profile.
  • Try using different types of fish fillets for a variety of tastes.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to remove all bones from the fish fillet before grinding it.

- Be sure to beat the butter until creamy before adding the other ingredients.

- Use fresh parsley for the best flavor.

- Boil the pudding in salt water for the best results.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the fish pudding warm with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad.

Cooking Techniques

Boiling the pudding in salt water helps to cook it evenly and infuse it with flavor.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use margarine instead of butter for a dairy-free option.

- Gluten-free bread can be used instead of regular bread for those with gluten sensitivities.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the fish pudding mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Slice the fish pudding and arrange it on a platter with a drizzle of sauce for an elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This dish pairs well with a crisp white wine or a light beer.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

300 per serving


12g per serving


15g per serving


25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is rich in vitamins B12 and D, as well as minerals such as selenium and phosphorus.


This recipe contains fish, eggs, and dairy.


This fish pudding is a nutritious and delicious dish that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates.


Fish pudding is a classic dish that is sure to impress your family and friends. With its creamy texture and savory flavors, it is a perfect choice for a special occasion or a cozy night in.

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the moment I stumbled upon this recipe for Fish Pudding. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting a quaint little fishing village on the coast. As I wandered through the bustling market, the smell of freshly caught fish lingering in the air, I came across an elderly fisherman selling his catch of the day.

Curious, I struck up a conversation with him and soon learned that he had been fishing these waters for over fifty years. He spoke passionately about his love for the sea and the bountiful treasures it provided. As we talked, he mentioned a special recipe that had been passed down through generations in his family – Fish Pudding.

Intrigued, I asked him to share the recipe with me. With a twinkle in his eye, he agreed, and we made our way to his humble little cottage by the sea. As he gathered the ingredients and began to prepare the dish, he shared stories of his childhood, growing up in the village and learning the art of fishing from his father.

The recipe for Fish Pudding was simple yet elegant – a delicate blend of fresh fish, herbs, and breadcrumbs, baked to perfection in a creamy sauce. As the dish baked in the oven, filling the kitchen with the mouthwatering aroma of garlic and lemon, the fisherman regaled me with tales of his adventures at sea, the storms he had weathered, and the friendships he had forged with his fellow fishermen.

As we sat down to enjoy the Fish Pudding together, I was struck by the depth of flavor and the richness of the dish. Each bite was a symphony of tastes and textures, a testament to the skill and knowledge that had been passed down through generations in this humble fishing village.

After that day, I returned to the village many times, eager to learn more about the art of fishing and cooking from the wise old fisherman. He taught me how to select the freshest fish, how to fillet them with precision, and how to create dishes that honored the bounty of the sea.

Over the years, I have shared the recipe for Fish Pudding with friends and family, each time adding my own twist to the dish. Whether served as a comforting weeknight meal or as a show-stopping centerpiece at a dinner party, Fish Pudding never fails to impress.

As I sit here now, reminiscing about that fateful day in the fishing village, I am filled with gratitude for the knowledge and wisdom that the old fisherman shared with me. His recipe for Fish Pudding has become a cherished part of my culinary repertoire, a reminder of the power of tradition and the joy of sharing good food with those we love.

I hope that you, too, will have the opportunity to taste this delicious dish and experience the magic of Fish Pudding for yourself. Who knows, perhaps one day you will pass this recipe down to your own grandchildren, just as I have done with you. In the meantime, I will continue to cook and create, inspired by the sea, the fisherman, and the beauty of a simple yet extraordinary dish – Fish Pudding.


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