Quick and Easy Whitefish Recipe

This easy whitefish recipe is a meal-in-one-pot, a German fish stew, aka Fischeintopf, that's sure to please.

In German, an "Eintopf " means "one pot" and that's what this recipe is.

This fish stew uses a firm fleshed fish - whiting or cod are ideal, but any other will do as well. 

When you choose your fish fillets, check carefully that they have no bones.

If they do, use tweezers to remove them.

You can vary the amount of vegetables according to your likes and what's available or what's in your fridge.

In this dish, the fish is almost 'steamed' on top of a bed of veggies. Wunderbar!

Easy German Fish Stew


  • 2 lbs. white fish fillets
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 lb. bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • salt


  • Wash and dry fish. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Season with salt. Cover and let marinate for about 30 minutes.
  • In large pot, fry bacon. Once browned, add onion, leek, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Continue to brown for several minutes.
  • Add paprika and parsley. Add 1 1/4 cups water, stir, and bring to boil.
  • Cut the fish fillets into serving sizes and lay on top of the vegetables in the pot.
  • Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. Cover, lower heat and continue to simmer another 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender and fish flakes. Add extra water if needed.
  • Serves 4 

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