Jewish Food Recipes

Jewish food recipes are enjoyed by Jewish people especially during traditional Jewish celebrations or holidays.  And the following Jewish food recipes will include some of the most well known and most popular among modern day Jewish people.

Jewish food basically consists of the foods that follow the Jewish Dietary Guidelines and excludes the foods that are considered forbidden. 


The Jewish Dietary Guidelines

All fruits and vegetables are permitted, but must be free of bugs.  Nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains are also permitted.

You may eat seafood that has fins and scales such as salmon, tuna, cod, and herring.  The birds you are permitted to eat are chicken, turkey, ducks, and geese.  Also, the eggs of permitted seafood and birds may be eaten.

Animals that have cloven hooves and chews its cud such as cattle, bison, lamb, sheep, venison, and goats are permitted.  Also, the milk of permitted animals may be consumed.  It's important to note that the birds and mammals that are allowed must be slaughtered in accordance with Jewish Law and must be Kosher.

What are Kosher Foods?

Kosher foods are those that conform to the Jewish dietary guidelines.

Kosher animals must be ritually slaughtered in order to remain Kosher.  This method of slaughter is quick and painless to the animal.  It also ensures the most complete draining of the animal's blood.

Only those who are qualified and trained are allowed to perform this type of slaughter.

Traditional Jewish Foods

  • Wild Salmon & White Fish
  • Kosher Meats
  • Kosher Poultry
  • Chicken Eggs
  • Seeds & Nuts
  • Fresh Organic Fruits & Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Legumes
  • Milk
  • Butter & Cheese
  • Potatoes & Onions
  • Honey
  • Jewish Grapes & Wine
  • Olives & Olive Oil
  • Fresh Figs
  • Spices & Fresh Herbs
  • Citrus Fruits

Jewish Food Recipes

Jewish food recipes are a unique collection of cooking styles.  Jewish cuisine does have a Middle Eastern - Mediterranean - European influence.

Many of the foods proclaimed as being Jewish are not unique to the Jewish people and do include dishes such as falafel and hummus which are very Egyptian!


Jewish Food Recipes for Holidays

Matzah Ball Soup - a comfort food eaten during a very important Jewish holiday.

Gefilte Fish Recipe - an appetizer traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday.  It's made with ground fish and cooked in a broth.

Latkes Recipe - a potato pancake fried in oil used to celebrate Hanukkah the eight-day festival of lights.

Stuffed Cabbage Recipes - are made during another Jewish holiday called Sukkot.

Lox and Bagels - are enjoyed during the Jewish holiday Hanukkah which coincides with the Christmas holiday.

Ezekiel Bread Recipes - type of biblical bread that is made from a variety of legumes and sprouted grains.

Forbidden Foods of The Jewish Diet

Pigs, camels, and rabbits are forbidden.

The consumption of blood is forbidden!

Applies to blood of birds and mammals.  All the blood must be drained from the meat or cooked out of it before meat is eaten.

However, this does not apply to the blood of fish.

Shellfish such as shrimp, lobsters, octopus, clams, crabs, and oysters are forbidden.

Rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and most insects are forbidden.

Birds of prey or scavengers such as hawks, eagles, and vultures are forbidden.

All wine and grape juice not made under Jewish Supervision is forbidden.

Consuming meat and dairy together is forbidden.

Consuming the sciatic nerve in the hindquarters (meat like fillet mignon) and the fat surrounding animal organs is forbidden.

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