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35 Easy Shabbat Dinner Recipes for Newbies

Kosher.com Staff January 22, 2019

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Hosting your first Shabbat can seem like a daunting task — but it doesn’t have to be! With a little bit of strategizing and easy recipes, you can pull it off without a fuss.

Figure out which items on your menu freeze well, and prepare those early in the week so you aren’t mixing, whisking, and braising up until the finish line on Friday afternoon. Freezing ahead usually works well with fish, chicken, and meats, somewhat well with side dishes, and very well with desserts. Review Naomi Nachman’s best tips on utilizing your freezer in our article here.

The recipes below are uncomplicated and are callbacks to the classics — those dishes that fill the air with the scent of Shabbat nostalgia. They’re the perfect recipes for your Shabbat dinner or lunch. And even if you’ve prepared Shabbat 3,000 times, these recipes are sure to make your Shabbat something special.

  1. Delicious No-Fail Challah from the Dining In cookbook
  2. Middle Eastern Marinated Olives by Gil Marks
  3. Vinegar-Free Pickles by Chanie Nayman
  4. Heimishe Hummus from the Nitra cookbook
  5. Creamy Eggplant Spread from the Dining In cookbook
  6. Olive and Tomato Dip by Victoria Dwek
  7. Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh by Chanie Nayman
  8. Smoked Pastrami Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing by Chanie Nayman

  9. Pretzel Salad by Chaia Frishman
  10. Colorful Corn Salad by Elky Friedman
  11. Shabbos Fish from the Nitra cookbook
  12. Maple-Mustard Salmon by Rivky Kleiman

  13. Good Old-Fashioned Chicken Soup courtesy of OU Kosher
  14. Vegetable and Cabbage Soup by Brynie Greisman
  15. Whole Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken by Chayie Schlisselfeld
  16. Quinoa-Stuffed Chicken by Michal Frischman
  17. Slow-Roasted Herb-Crusted Brick Roast by Chanie Nayman
  18. Meatballs Two Ways by Susie Fishbein
  19. Cholent from the Nitra cookbook

  20. Deli Roll from the Dining In cookbook
  21. Nutty Noodles by Chavi Feldman
  22. Yukon Gold Potato Kugel by Rorie Weisberg
  23. Yerushalmi Lukshen Kugel from the Nitra cookbook
  24. Diet Broccoli Kugel from the Dining In cookbook
  25. Zucchini Mushroom Kugelettes by Brynie Greisman
  26. Yaptzik (Potato and Meat Kugel) by Naomi Nachman

  27. Heimish Carrot Kugels by Estee Kafra
  28. Roasted Rainbow Carrots by Shoshie Steinhart
  29. Butternut Squash Kugel by Brynie Greisman
  30. Oatmeal Apple Cherry Kugel from the Dining In cookbook
  31. Pretzel Brownies by Sina Mizrahi
  32. No-Margarine Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Dining In cookbook
  33. Mocha-Glazed Tunnel of Fudge by Rivky Kleiman
  34. Babka Like Never Before by Brynie Greisman
  35. Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Drizzle by Rivky Kleiman

We have dozens of posts with sample Shabbat menus. You may also be interested in:

6 Easy Shabbat Dinner Recipes that Impress

Easy and Stress Free Shabbat Menu

A Traditional Shabbat Menu

For more easy Shabbat recipes that would be great for Shabbat lunch in the summertime, click here.