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Best Recipes for Shabbat Lunch


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The Shabbos lunch menu must feature make-ahead dishes that can withstand the oven-to-fridge-to-hot-plate-to-table cycle with leftovers returning right back to that revolving refrigerator door. Follows are a few of my secrets to Shabbos lunch success.

First thing’s first, the first course. I sometimes serve a bang it out starter akin to the last supper. You’d think that I think that we’re never gonna eat again. But I feel the first course is the most Shabbos lunch friendly and when done right allows to you to satiate the hungry humans around your table and simplify the main – which by all accounts is certainly the trickier of the two.

The Fish Course

Some elegant and creative nontraditional ways to feast on fish.

Tuna Tartar with Honey Sesame Wonton Crisps

Smoked Salmon Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad with Dill

Gefilte Fish Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

Signature Dish

Everyone should have one.  (Not really a rule, but it’s cool if you do).  A side of salmon surrounded by seared lemons and tomato salad served on a nice big beautiful platter is my Shabbos lunch signature dish.

Honey Baked Salmon

Honey Baked Salmon on a Cedar Plank

Serve Persimmon Salsa alongside my Honey Baked Salmon or go for a pretty multicolored heirloom or grape tomato salad dressed simply in olive oil, lemon juice and S + P.

Sweet, Savory, Satisfying Salads and Slaws

You can decide to serve these salads and slaws as part of your super-sized starter course or sprinkled in with your main. Either way salads are a safe staple for Shabbos lunch.


Salad Stuffed Grilled Portobellos

Potato Salad with Arugula and Tomato

California Roll Salad

Curried Cauliflower Salad


I am the cabbage queen always looking for fun and fancy ways to savor slaw.

Coleslaw with Crispy Tofu

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

Tropical Slaw


It’s All About the Crock Pot Baby

My new obsession…. Somewhat Sephardic Chulent on page 214 of my NEW book JOY of KOSHER Fast, Fresh Family Recipes, order it here at this link. (And I really do mean go get it now! You will thank me, love me, and hug me!).

Of course there is always my Hubby’s famous Family Heirloom Chulent. It was so cool when my his recipe was published in the New York Times.

Beer Braised Brisket

Or try something new in that slow cooker – Beer Braised Brisket. I sometimes go half beer and half beef broth.

Room Temp is Your Friend

There are plenty of dishes that need not be served steaming. Chicken breast cutlets at room temp are far better than dried out, rubbery, warm chicken.  Green beans also work both hot and cold and at every temp in between.  Additionally protein spiked salads and some starchy sides don’t require hot plate space.  Serve the following dishes in their Shabbos day finest form, at room temperature.

Chicken Recipes

Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Teriyaki Chicken

Oven Baked Chicken Fingers with a Duo of Dipping Sauces

Peach BBQ Sauce Chicken

Main Salads

Spicy Thai Beef Salad

Mandarin Spinach Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Chilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Starchy Sides

Thai Pesto Noodles

Spiced Brown Rice with Peas

Pineapple Fried Rice

Green Bean Sides

Green Bean and Three Onion Saute

French String Beans with Slivered Almonds

Cider Glazed Vegetables


Noodle kugles can be made ahead and re-heat really nicely. And now you’ll actually have room for them on your hot plate.

Sweet Kugel with Dried Fruit

Salt and Pepper Kugel with Roasted Garlic

Salt and Pepper Kugel

Spinach Noodle Kugel

Sandwich Bar

Serve savory “sandwiches” as bites.

turkey sandwich

Cut this Turkey Sandwich with Pickled Red Onions in half and cut each half in half again for the tea sandwich version of this classic.

Deli Roll Pinwheels with Chopped Salad

Love this re-make of the deli roll.

Tropical Chicken Burrito

I say serve this Tropical Chicken Burrito for Shabbos just cause it’s unexpected and fun. Put some Mexican spices in your chulent and plate with shredded lettuce and diced tomato salad topped with corn and avocado.

Have the bestest most delicious, most happy, most ful(l)filling Shabbos! Oh, and don’t forgot to share and share alike. Let us know in the comments below what you serve for Shabbos day.

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




13 Responses to Best Recipes for Shabbat Lunch

  1. avatar says: kne

    This was a really great post! Shabbos lunch is always such a challenging meal to prepare. Thanks for providing some really great new ideas.

  2. AWESOME POST! Thank you for doing this! And keeping your word that you would!

    Question, how would you adapt the brisket recipe for Shabbat? How would you adjust the time? Also, what about the last step for the gravy?

    Thanks and Good Shabbos

  3. avatar says: Hana

    What an awesome compilation of recipes! I was in a “what to make” rut until I read this lineup. We’ll be having the Honey Baked Salmon, Curried Cauliflower Salad and Crunchy Cabbage Salad on our Shabbat menu this week. Bookmarking this page for sure!

  4. I live in israel now your receipes sound great., but it’s not always easy to adapt the receipes to Israeli products.

  5. Wow, where to begin? There are so many awesome choices here! Like the honey-garlic salmon a lot but my eyes lit up when I saw the pineapple fried rice recipe, so that’s where I’ll go first. But then there’s the spinach kugel and the curried cauliflower salad … so good. Thanks for the load of ideas.

  6. There are so many beautiful and attainable recipes in this list. I don’t know where to start but I want to eat it all!

  7. This is such a great roundup. I’m always looking for inspiration for my Shabbos meals – thank you!

  8. This is such a great roundup of recipes, I don’t know what I want to try first!

  9. All of these recipes look so fresh and delicious! I’d like to make them all, I think!

  10. I love all the ideas.
    I just finished making chicken wings to accompany my Shabbas cholent.
    East to heat, messy…
    but yummy.
    It could also be an appetizer.
    Great ideas Jamie et al, so nice not to get bored with Shabbas meals.

    • YUMMMMMMEEEEEE – we love, love, love messy wings (not date food but who cares?!)!!! BBQing them for dinner tmrw night and OFTEN serve them for Shabbos.

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