53 Rosh Hashanah Recipes To Celebrate The Jewish New Year

“Shanah tovah!”

challah rolls
Andrew Bui

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah is all about tradition (similar to other Jewish holidays like Hanukkah and Passover). The Jewish New Year is celebrated by eating foods that represent reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new one. Unlike the secular New Year's Eve, Rosh Hashanah is a bit more solemn though is still full of celebration (so don't forget the kosher wine!). Whether you’ve been celebrating your whole life or are new to the Jewish holiday, there are some long-established simamin, or foods that symbolize good luck in the year ahead, to make sure are on your holiday plate. Our list of 53 Rosh Hashanah recipes includes these foods in both classic and innovative preparations so you can truly make the holiday your own. “Shanah tovah!”

The foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah are largely symbolic, and keeping track of their origins can be complicated. Some are religiously symbolic, like serving a “head”, because Rosh Hashanah translates to “head of the year", or serving apples and honey, because apple trees and bees are both hardy and strong, while still producing something sweet and delicate. Try one of our apple recipes, any of our honey recipes, or our whole roasted trout, or our whole roasted cabbage to make your meal extra meaningful. Brisket is often found on Jewish menus because it's a large kosher cut of meat, and Rosh Hashanah is no different—we’ve got three recipes for you here, including a Korean-inspired one and one made in your slow cooker. Challah is another ceremonial Jewish food, and on Rosh Hashanah it’s traditional to bake a simple one into a circle to represent the cyclical nature of life (though we won’t judge if you simply braid it or get creative with your flavors, like chocolate orange). The Hebrew word for “beets” is similar to the word for “remove”, so eating beets is traditional to symbolize removing all obstacles and negativity from one’s life for the new year. Other ingredients, like leeks, pomegranates, and dates, have similar symbolic translations, so try adding them to your Rosh Hashanah meals. Check out our leek & potato soup, our beet greens, our Parmesan Brussels sprouts salad, or our date and apple chutney for ideas.

It’s traditional to say blessings as you eat certain foods, and we’ll assume that if you’re Jewish, you’ll be aware of these and other religious specifics (like some strict households eliminating nuts for the holiday). For everyone else, we hope these recipes will help broaden your perspective and inspire you to try something new (another Rosh Hashanah New Year tradition!).

slow cooker brisket
Parker Feierbach
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Slow-Cooker Brisket

Eating a perfectly cooked, tender brisket is basically the food equivalent of someone giving you a warm hug. Unfortunately, many people have been convinced that making brisket is a labor-intensive endeavor. This recipe is here to prove that that's just not true! The trick? Let your slow cooker do all the work.

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The word tzimmes has its origins in Yiddish. To "make a big tzimmes about something" essentially means to make a big fuss, but here there's hardly any! The carrots and dates are quickly braised in an orange sauce and finished with fresh parsley for a pop of green.

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round challah
Andrew Bui
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Round Challah

This brioche-like loaf is eaten on Rosh Hashanah to represent the circular nature of our year and seasons. It's a delicious way to start the New Year!

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honey mustard chicken
Andrew bui
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Honey Mustard Chicken

Chicken thighs are certainly the juiciest and most flavorful part of the chicken, but they also take the longest to cook. Here we trimming them and sear the skin before roasting to help speed up the cooking, meaning you can have this one-skillet meal on your high holiday dinner table in no time.

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honey cookies
Andrew Bui
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Perfect Honey Cookies

These soft and chewy cookies are traditional for the Jewish New Year, but are also delicious any time of year. They're beloved by all, young and old, and we can't keep a batch around for long!

Get the Honey Cookie recipe.

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Jalapeño Citrus Salmon

This citrus salmon has tons of flavor from simple ingredients. Here we used oranges and limes, but use lemons, grapefruits, and blood oranges if you have them. As the salmon bakes the juices start to turn into a syrupy sauce thanks to the honey and creates a perfect glaze over the salmon.

Get the Jalapeño Citrus Salmon recipe.

lemony herb couscous
Parker Feierbach
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The abundance of couscous grains represents the amount of blessings you hope to have in the Jewish new year, so check out our guide for how to cook couscous to make yours the absolute best. A simple drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice is our favorite way to serve it, but the possibilities are endless.

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roasted beet goat cheese salad
Parker Feierbach
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Roasted Beet Goat Cheese Salad

Beet lovers rejoice! This is the ideal Rosh Hashanah salad: creamy goat cheese (sub feta if you prefer it), roasted beets, avocado, and arugula. The secret is that instead of buying precooked beets, you simply wrap them in foil and bake them like a baked potato. It takes about an hour, but the resulting beets will be tender, earthy, and slightly sweet in a way that no store-bought beet can.

Get the Roasted Beet Goat Cheese Salad recipe.

whole roasted cabbage
Joel Goldberg
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Whole Roasted Cabbage

Expecting a vegetarian at your table this holiday? This roasted cabbage is the way to go! It's savory, sweet, and salty on the outside and super tender on the inside. Topped with lots of silky mushroom gravy, we doubt anyone at your table will be missing meat.

Get the Whole Roasted Cabbage recipe.

delish glazed carrots
Ethan Calabrese
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Honey-Glazed Carrots

Both honey and carrots are said to be especially symbolic to eat on Rosh Hashanah. Honey represents a good new year and carrots are said to bring blessings. In the oven, the honey and butter in the glaze here will caramelize, transforming plain, boring carrots into a delicious side dish everyone will love.

Get the Honey-Glazed Carrots recipe.

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Lindsay Hunt
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Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad

Making this salad might seem intimidating, but it doesn't actually require much prep. Tossed with a combo of toasted almonds, shaved Parmesan, and pomegranate seeds, Brussels make a great side for any fall get-together, and especially Rosh Hashanah.

Get the Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe.

rack of lamb
Ethan Calabrese
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Rack of Lamb

A roasted rack of lamb is the perfect showstopper, especially when it comes to Rosh Hashanah dinner. If working with lamb isn't something you do often, it can seem intimidating. But trust us, it's really simple—just follow our tips!

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Parker Feierbach
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Sweet Noodle Kugel

Kugel is basically the Yiddish/Jewish word for casserole. While there are many savory versions (such as this giant-latke-esque potato kugel), we have a soft spot in our hearts for sweet noodle kugel. Not too sweet with a hint of cinnamon, ours is worth making over and over again this holiday season.

Get the Sweet Noodle Kugel recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Beef Brisket

Making a giant, roasted brisket for your family or friends is basically the best way to say “I love you” this Rosh Hashanah, and not because it took you hours and hours. This preparation is much easier and quicker but doesn't sacrifice flavor or tenderness.

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honey garlic glazed salmon
Ethan Calabrese
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Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

A longtime favorite of Delish readers, this savory-sweet salmon never disappoints and is perfect for Rosh Hashanah. Hot tip: Let the fillets cook undisturbed for a few minutes. That, and super high heat is how you get that delicious crust here.

Get the Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon recipe.

challah rolls
Andrew Bui
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Challah Rolls

These rolls are a great alternative to challah bread during the high holidays. Turn them into sandwiches, smother them with butter, or even just snack on them plain. This dough is a bit on the sweeter side, so it lends beautifully for a pre-dinner roll or for pulling apart and eating on its own. These rolls also taste phenomenal when toasted!

Get the Challah Rolls recipe.

honey cake
Emily Hlavac Green
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Honey Cake

The trick to this simple cake is to use really good honey. While clover honey is typically used in baking because its flavor is mild, here we really want the symbolic honey flavor to stand out: We used a wildflower honey, which is sweet and floral, but an orange blossom honey would also work well.

Get the Classic Honey Cake recipe.

herb roasted potatoes
Parker Feierbach
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Herb Roasted Potatoes

We suggest parsley, rosemary, and thyme as a classic and simple way to season these potatoes, but really, any herbs or spices are welcome here. Try hot smoked paprika and turmeric for spicy, herbal potatoes or za’atar and cumin for floral, smoky potatoes.

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whole roasted trout filets on a white platter garnished with fresh thyme, roasted crushed walnuts, and roasted shallots charred lemons on either side of fish empty blue plate in bottom right corner
Lucy Schaeffer
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Trout's delicate flavor is the perfect match for citrus and herbs, which is why we love to roast it whole for Rosh Hashanah, filling it with all our favorite aromatics. Encasing the fish in foil steams the fish, trapping in all that delicious, buttery jus.

Get the Whole Roasted Trout recipe.

holiday apple salad
Chelsea Lupkin
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Apple Salad

While we love this recipe for the tangy blue cheese, bittersweet cranberries, and fresh shallot vinaigrette, this salad is endlessly customizable. Add some grapes and make a pseudo-Waldorf salad. Toss in some croutons (maybe made of challah?) or if you want a healthier crunch, add some simple roasted chickpeas. Whatever you do, don't skip on the apple or leafy greens!

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leek and potato soup in a white bowl on a dark wooden surface
June Xie
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Leek And Potato Soup

While many recipes using leeks call for discarding the tougher, more fibrous green tops, we reserve them, slice 'em real thin, and stir-fry them until crispy and golden. Sprinkled with a little salt, fried leek greens transform an otherwise fine bowl of soup into an outstanding one.

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Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup

Cozy and nourishing, we crave matzo ball soup pretty much year-round. Although schmaltz (AKA chicken fat) and chicken broth are typically included in this classic Ashkenazi Jewish soup, it’s not hard to swap in vegetarian-friendly ingredients.

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honey garlic chicken
Ethan Calabrese
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Honey Garlic Chicken

This recipe takes practically zero effort but is absolutely delicious. The glaze is simple and made up of things many people will already have in their pantry. Pair with some broccoli or fried rice and you'll have a delicious dinner on your Rosh Hashanah table in under an hour.

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Parker Feierbach
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Gefilte Fish

Making gefilte fish at home might seem like a daunting task, but with our detailed primer, you'll be enjoying this classic appetizer before you know it. After making these, buying store-bought gefilte fish will be a thing of the past.

Get the Gefilte Fish recipe.

Emily Hlavac Green
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Challah Bread

It's time to put your braiding skills to good use! Though round challah is more traditional during Rosh Hashanah, we'll never turn down a beautifully braided version. Don't worry if your braid isn't perfect, it'll still be slightly sweet and wonderfully soft inside.

Get the Challah Bread recipe.

citrus glazed chicken
Lucy Schaeffer
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Sheet Pan Citrus-Glazed Chicken

Marinated thighs get roasted right alongside Brussels sprouts making it one of our favorite low effort chicken weeknight dinners with a very high reward. Reserve some of the honey marinade to brush over the chicken towards the end of baking: It makes a sweet, sticky, and downright irresistible glaze.

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Parker Feierbach
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Escarole & White Bean Soup

This is the perfect easy Rosh Hashanah soup—you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already! It's also super flexible. Got a couple carrots left in the bottom of your crisper? Next to that handful of spinach? Throw 'em in! The more the merrier (and healthier) in this soup.

Get the Escarole & White Bean Soup recipe.

potato knishes
Yossy Arefi
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Potato Knishes

The below recipes include classic potato & onion knishes, spanakopita-style knishes, and samosa-style knishes. The simple potato filling is ripe for riffing—we chose to replicate some of our favorite flavors, but feel free to invent your own.

Get the Potato Knishes recipe.

instant pot brisket
Parker Feierbach
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Instant Pot Sweet & Spicy Brisket

If you're a fan of Korean flavor profiles, you'll love this innovative recipe. The balance of sweet and spicy is perfect for any season, any day, but we like it as an innovative take for Rosh Hashanah dinner. When the meat is done cooking, reserve the broth and pour a little on top when serving—it is truly flavor central.

Get the Instant Pot Sweet & Spicy Brisket recipe.

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Park Feierbach
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Potato Latkes

Though traditionally served for Hanukkah, these crispy potato pancakes are a delight for any Jewish holiday. Serve these with sour cream and homemade applesauce for the PRIME latke experience.

Get the Potato Latkes recipe from Delish.

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