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Polish Greek Fish Ryba Po Grecku Recipe

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Ryba po grecku is another food from Poland that has a foreign destination in its name. Most Greeks have never heard of Polish Greek fish recipe.

I’ve been to Greece many times, and in my opinion, ryba po grecku doesn’t even taste like authentic Greek food. After spending some time trying to find out why ryba po grecku is called Polish Greek fish, I haven’t found a clear answer.

It seems like Poles got inspired by Greek fish covered with veggies and they invented their own dish. It’s as simple as that! Keep on reading to get my traditional Polish Greek fish recipe.

About Polish Greek Fish

A plate of food with carrots and fish on it.

Ryba po grecku is served in Poland all year long, however, it’s considered a Christmas Eve dish. As you probably know, Poles don’t eat meat the day before Christmas, that’s why various kinds of fish are served on wieczerza wigilijna (Christmas Eve supper).

Now it’s time to be honest with you- I don’t like Polish Greek fish. The fish is ok but I hate the taste of veggies on top of it. However, the Polish Foodies community is not about me but about YOU. Ryba po grecku is the most popular Polish fish, that’s why I need to share with you the Polish Greek fish recipe.

It was given to me by my mom-in-law who is the best cook I know.

Tips For Making And Serving Polish Greek Fish

Use Any Fish You Want.

You can use any kind of fish fillet you want. The rule is to choose fish that is not oily, for example:

  • pollock
  • sole
  • hake
  • blue grenadier
  • cod

Eat It Warm Or Cold.

Polish Greek fish can be either served warm for a dinner, or cold with a sandwich.

See also my Polish fish soup and Polish fish paprikash recipe.

Polish Greek Fish Ryba Po Grecku Recipe

Yield: 5 servings

Polish Greek Fish Ryba Po Grecku Recipe

Korean fried fish with lettuce on a plate, showcasing Polish cuisine.

Ryba po grecku is served in Poland all year long, however, it's considered a Christmas Eve dish. As you probably know, Poles don't eat meat the day before Christmas, that's why various kinds of fish are served on wieczerza wigilijna (Christmas Eve supper).

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 lb / ½ kg of raw fish fillets
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 parsley root
  • 1 celery root
  • 1 leek (the white part)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste 
  • ¼ cup of water
  • oil
  • black pepper powder
  • sweet red pepper powder (paprika)
  • chilli powder (optional)
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • all-purpose flour (optional)


  1. Coat the fish fillets with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  2. Set aside in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. After setting it aside, you may either fry the fish on oil right away OR coat it in the beaten eggs and flour, then fry. Polish fish fillets served on a white plate.
  4. Peel the carrot, parsley root, and celery root. Then grate the veggies.
  5. Cut the white part of the leek into rings.
  6. Peel and dice an onion.
  7. Fry all the veggies with oil for 3-4 minutes. A wok filled with vegetables and a spicy red sauce inspired by Polish cuisine.
  8. Add tomato puree, ¾ tsp of salt, tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of sweet red pepper powder, and some chili.
  9. Add ¼ cup of water, mix, and bring to boil.
  10. Put the veggies onto the fried fish. Serve either warm or cold.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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