Traditional Polish Fish Cutlets Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Traditional Polish Fish Cutlets Recipe

Polish Fish Cutlets (kotlety rybne) are a classic and delicious dish made with fish, breadcrumbs, and eggs. They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and they can be served with a variety of sauces and sides.

Most Popular Ingredients for Polish Kotlety Rybne

  • Fish: Any white fish can be used to make kotlety rybne, but cod, pollock, and haddock are the most popular choices.
  • Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs provide structure and texture to the kotlety rybne.
  • Eggs: Eggs help bind the ingredients together.
  • Onion: Onion adds flavor and moisture to the kotlety rybne.
  • Garlic: Garlic adds a hint of spice to the kotlety rybne.
  • Salt and pepper: Salt and pepper are essential for seasoning the kotlety rybne.

My Advice to Make the Best Polish Kotlety Rybne

  • Use fresh fish: The fresher the fish, the better the kotlety rybne will taste.
  • Don’t overmix the ingredients: Overmixing will make the kotlety rybne tough.
  • Use a light hand when forming the kotlety rybne: If you press too hard, they will become dense.
  • Cook the kotlety rybne over medium heat: If you cook them over high heat, they will burn on the outside before they are cooked through on the inside.


In addition to the spices listed above, you can also add other spices to your kotlety rybne, such as paprika, cumin, or nutmeg.

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  • 400 g 400 cod, pollock, or haddock fillets, skinned and boned

  • 150 g 150 bacon, diced

  • 1 1 ¼ cups (150g) breadcrumbs

  • 2 2 eggs

  • 50 g 50 fresh breadcrumbs

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  • In a food processor, combine the fish, bacon, breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is well combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and form into 12 patties.
  • Dredge the kotlety rybne in the breadcrumbs.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook the kotlety rybne in batches for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve hot with your favorite sauce and sides.

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Can I use frozen fish?

Yes, you can use frozen fish, but thaw it completely before using it.

Can I use other types of fish?

Yes, you can use other types of white fish, such as tilapia or flounder.

Can I use other types of breadcrumbs?

Yes, you can use whole-wheat breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, or even crushed crackers.

Can I make the kotlety rybne ahead of time?

Yes, you can cook the kotlety rybne ahead of time and reheat them in a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes.

What are some good sauces to serve with kotlety rybne?

Some good sauces to serve with kotlety rybne include tartar sauce, sour cream and horseradish sauce, or applesauce.

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