Shabbat meals are meant to be special, so you may find yourself wondering what to put on the Shabbat dinner table to make your guests feel that wonderful “Shabbat feeling”. Here are nine recipes for delicious main dishes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.


Za’atar Fried Chicken with Spicy Thyme Honey

An American comfort food with an Israeli twist, this recipe is the perfect mix of flavors. The chicken meat remains juicy while the crispy crust gives you a delicious crunch that will have you ready for seconds. And don’t skip the drizzle of spicy honey over the top which brings the entire recipe together for a perfect addition to any Shabbat table.

Marinated Chicken with Jeweled Almond Pilaf

This recipe comes from one of our favorite celebrity chefs, Jamie Geller. And chopped chicken cooks up really quickly which makes this a great way to enjoy a special Shabbat meal without a lot of cooking time. The marinade uses herbs, garlic and lemon for a juicy and tasty compliment to the jeweled almond pilaf.

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Brisket

Working a full day on Friday doesn’t always make it easy to prepare a delicious Shabbat meal, so this crockpot recipe is a perfect way to enjoy a home-cooked meal right after work with very little work involved. You can even make this recipe ahead of time by storing in a disposable tin and freezing for a future Shabbat dinner.


Sheet Pan Chimichurri Cod with Potatoes and Squash

This one pan dish is perfect to throw together on Friday afternoon in time to enjoy for a Shabbat meal. It is full of fresh vegetables and herbs and the chimichurri sauce adds loads of flavor to the cod and accompanying potatoes and squash. Clean up is a breeze and guests will feel light yet satisfied with this crowd-pleasing meal.

Lemon Oregano Baked Salmon

Lemon and fresh herbs are always a delicious combo. And when you can throw together a delicious and satisfying meal with these flavors… even better! This salmon recipe takes under an hour from prep until it is out of the oven and is a great option to cook up when you have other parts of your meal to prepare while the fish is cooking.

Moroccan Fish with Crispy Rice Cake

If you are a fan of spice, this dish will surly heat up your Shabbat dinner! Marinating the fish overnight really lets the flavors shine in this dish, and the crispy rice is a great compliment with it’s crunchy, light flavor seasoned with saffron. Saffron is a key ingredient in both parts of the dish, so if you feel like splurging and impressing your guests, this is the perfect dish to serve.


Roasted Vegetable Moussaka

This Mediterranean inspired dish is full of flavor and packed with a variety of vegetables and spice that are sure to leave you feeling ready for that Shabbat nap. The vegetables are roasted before baked in the casserole and topped with a rich and creamy béchamel sauce. The lentils act as a substitute for the meat, but even die-hard carnivores will enjoy this hearty dish.

Pumpkin Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is usually a go-to comfort food, but with the addition of pumpkin and swiss chard, this dish is sure to satisfy your hunger and please all your guests. The addition of the yogurt and both gruyere and cheddar cheese make this dish extra creamy as well. And the best part… this dish can be made in under and hour allowing for plenty of time spent enjoying Shabbat.

Vegan Cholent

Normally cholent, a slow cooked European stew, is made with meat, but subbing hearty beans and seitan makes for a satisfying meal for any Shabbat guest. This twist on a classic Shabbat dish is easy to adapt to plant-based and the flavors from the spices and garlic may even have your meat-eating friends helping themselves to seconds.


Looking for something sweet?
Check out our list of six Shabbat desserts.

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