Classic Polish Fish Cutlets - Kotlety Rybne


Dive into the delightful flavors of Classic Polish Fish Cutlets, or Kotlety Rybne, a beloved dish in Polish cuisine that combines the freshness of fish with a crisp, golden breadcrumb coating. Perfect for family dinners or as a savory snack, these cutlets are not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to traditional meat patties.

Classic Polish Fish Cutlets - Kotlety Rybne

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving size: 2 cutlets per person

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 280
  • Protein: 27g
  • Fat: 13g (of which Saturated: 3g)
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 420mg


  • White fish fillets (such as cod or tilapia) - 500g, finely minced
  • Onion - 100g, finely chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Breadcrumbs - 120g
  • Eggs - 2
  • Milk - 50ml
  • Parsley - 15g, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Vegetable oil - for frying

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the minced fish, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, beat the eggs with milk and pour into the fish mixture. Add half of the breadcrumbs and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Shape the fish mixture into oval-shaped cutlets. Coat each cutlet with the remaining breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Fry the cutlets for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Serve hot with a side of mashed potatoes, fresh salad, or a dipping sauce of your choice.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Fish Selection: Opt for fresh or well-thawed fish to ensure the cutlets hold together and have a fresh flavor.
  • Even Cooking: Make sure the oil is hot before adding the cutlets to achieve an even golden crust.
  • Serving Suggestion: These cutlets are best enjoyed fresh but can be reheated in an oven to maintain their crispiness.


Q1: Can I bake these cutlets instead of frying?

  • A1: Yes, for a healthier option, you can bake the cutlets at 200°C (400°F) for about 15-20 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Q2: How long can I store these fish cutlets?

  • A2: Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to a month. Reheat in the oven or on a pan for best results.

Q3: Can I use other types of fish?

  • A3: Yes, feel free to use any firm white fish like haddock, pollock, or even salmon for a different taste.

Embrace the taste of the sea with our Classic Polish Fish Cutlets - Kotlety Rybne. Whether you're looking to add a twist to your weeknight dinners or seeking a comforting meal, these cutlets are sure to satisfy with their crisp exterior and tender, flavorful interior. Enjoy this Polish culinary classic and let it inspire your home cooking adventures!