47 Hanukkah Recipes For Your Best Holiday Dinner Yet

Eight nights of delicious.

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apple cider braised brisket with carrots and potatoes
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

The Jewish Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah, is fast approaching (December 18 to 26, 2022). We’re looking forward to playing dreidel (and winning gelt!), lighting the menorah with loved ones, and, of course, all the delicious food. Whether you’re Jewish and keep kosher, are celebrating with someone who is, or are just looking to expand your culinary horizon, we’ve got 46 recipes here for you. The best part about celebrating for 8 nights? You can try them ALL.

If you’re unfamiliar, Hanukkah is a holiday commemorating Jewish triumph over invading Syrian forces that had been destroying Jerusalem around the second century B.C. After the Jewish people had successfully driven out the Syrian invaders, they went to rededicate the city’s Second Temple by relighting a menorah that was meant to be kept burning every night. Though they only had enough oil for one night, it stayed lit for eight, a phenomenon now known as the miracle of Hanukkah. To celebrate this miracle, Jewish people eat a number of foods fried in oil, the most well-known of which are potato latkes and jelly donuts called sufganiyot.

Another miracle that is often celebrated during Hanukkah is the story of Judith, a woman who enticed the leader of an opposing force with… cheese. As the story goes, she tricked her way into his confidence, then plied him with salty cheese and very strong wine. One thing led to another, and he passed out drunk, leaving her free to cut off his head and bring it back to her village in victory. To commemorate her bravery, many people choose to eat heavy dairy dishes, so we’ve included a number here, like our cheese blintzes, our noodle kugel, or our rugelach. Kosher rules forbid consuming meat and dairy within the same meal, but with 8 nights of celebrating, you can surely find time to enjoy these sweet treats.

Speaking of, let’s talk dinners. Brisket is traditional, and we’ve got 6 recipes here for you, ranging from classic to sweet and spicy (with gochujang!). If brisket seems like too much, roast chicken, lamb, and fish dishes like our coconut curry salmon, our Moroccan lamb tagine, or our maple mustard chicken legs are also always welcome on the table. Because it falls in December, Hanukkah is also a holiday that’s perfect for a number of warming dishes, like soups and stews. Check out our beef and barley soup, our carrot ginger soup, or our braised short ribs with 40 cloves of garlic for ideas, but as long as it’s kosher, anything goes.

Want more Hanukkah ideas? Check out our favorite Hanukkah appetizers and cookies too.

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Park Feierbach
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Classic Latkes

If you ask us, you're not truly celebrating the Festival of Lights without a crispy batch of latkes. Serve these homemade ones with sour cream and homemade applesauce for the PRIME Hanukkah experience.

Get the Classic Latkes recipe.

sufganiyot jelly donuts
Emily hlavac green
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Sufganiyot

This lightly fried, gorgeously dusted, low-key sugary jelly donut serves as a reminder that life can be sweet sometimes—which is exactly why we make it exclusively for the most festive of Jewish holidays. You can really fill the donuts with whatever filling makes you happy...as long as it's sweet.

Get the Sufganiyot recipe.

apple cider braised brisket
erik bernstein
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Apple Cider Braised Brisket

Apple cider adds a subtle sweetness to a classic brisket, and after letting it braise low and slow, it will be SO tender. Letting the potatoes and carrots cook with the brisket flavors them from the inside out, and the whole dish will be deeply savory. You're going to love these leftovers.

Get the Apple Cider Braised Brisket recipe.

challah rolls
Andrew Bui
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Challah Rolls

This particular challah dough is a bit on the sweeter side, and it lends beautifully to a variety of applications, from being a dinner side to a base for sandwiches. Hot tip: These rolls taste phenomenal when toasted!

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coconut curry salmon
Emily Hlavac Green
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Coconut Curry Salmon

The coconut milk and spice go so well together here, making a rich but not heavy sauce that is dairy-free and so so creamy. The salmon simmers in the milk, keeping it very tender and flaky and extra-flavorful. Spoon the sauce over the salmon a few times as it cooks to give it a nice coating.

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hot honey chicken bowls
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: RILEY WOFFORD
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Hot Honey Chicken & Rice Bowls

Make these mid-Hanukkah when you want to keep with some traditional ingredients, but also need a packable lunch. The chicken gets tossed in a hot honey you make yourself (which means you can adjust the heat if you want!) and becomes perfectly sweet and spicy.

Get the Hot Honey Chicken & Rice Bowls recipe.

dreidel cookies
Andrew Bui
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Sugar Cookie Dreidels

You can use your favorite homemade sugar cookie dough or follow our lead and use a couple store-bought logs. These will turn out so cute, no one mind either way! These work with any small candy, from the mini M&M's we used here to Nerds or Skittles, so have fun with it.

Get the Sugar Cookie Dreidels recipe.

vegetarian matzo ball soup
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM
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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.

Get the Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup recipe.

instant pot brisket
Parker Feierbach
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Instant Pot Sweet & Spicy Brisket

If you and your family are a fan of flavor and getting creative with your Hanukkah meals, this recipe is for you. It's the perfect blend of traditional and modern, sweet and spicy. When the meat is done cooking, reserve the broth and pour a little on top when serving—it's truly flavor central.

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garliclemongrass roast chicken
Erik Bernstein
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Garlic-Lemongrass Roast Chicken

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary for Hanukkah dinner this year? You've got to try this roast chicken—fish sauce and two heads (!) of garlic make it spectacularly flavorful (make sure to use kosher oyster sauce if needed!).

Get the Garlic-Lemongrass Roast Chicken recipe.

grapefruit and goat cheese fennel salad
Andrew bui
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Grapefruit & Goat Cheese Fennel Salad

Crisp licorice-y fennel is best from winter to early spring, so for this Hanukkah-friendly salad, we paired it with wintery ingredients like juicy grapefruit, briny Kalamata olives, creamy goat cheese, and some rich toasted pine nuts. Skip the cheese if you like; it's still super-flavorful without it.

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spicy sesame salmon
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE
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Spicy Sesame Salmon

If you’re looking for a new, creative way to cook salmon, look no further. The great thing about this recipe (besides those black and white sesame seeds, ofc!) is it’s baked instead of pan-fried, and you can marinate the salmon the night before, making your Hanukkah meal come together extra fast.

Get the Spicy Sesame Salmon recipe.

hanukkah gelt
PHOTO; ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLIST; ERIKA JOYCE
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Hanukkah Gelt

♫ "Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel..." ♫ If you truly want to take your game over the top, play for homemade gelt! They're super easy to make at home (we used a mini muffin tin), and you can decorate them however you like.

Get the Hanukkah Gelt recipe.

braised short ribs with 40 cloves of garlic
Andrew bui
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Braised Short Ribs with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Does anything impress quite the way braised short ribs do? They feel truly restaurant fancy, but here's a secret: Short ribs are pretty easy to make at home. This is the ideal dish to make for company when the weather's cold and you want to stay inside.

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June Xie
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Cheese Blintz

There's a good reason why this well-loved Ashkenazi Jewish dish is so popular year-round across brunch menus everywhere: Blintzes are decadent but delicate, creamy yet balanced. Our secret ingredient: nutmeg! It makes the cream taste richer without being too fatty, and tames the tartness of the fruit as well.

Get the Cheese Blintz recipe.

lakte cookies with toasted potato sticks and apple caramel
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE
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Latke Cookies

No Hanukkah celebration is complete without a big plate of crispy, craggly latkes. If you're more of a sweets fan but want to keep with tradition, we've got just the cookie for you. Our favorite part? A homemade apple caramel as a nod to the applesauce often enjoyed with potato pancakes.

Get the Latke Cookies recipe.

one pan tuna pasta
Andrew bui
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One-Pan Tuna Pasta

This recipe is a bit of a riff on a pasta puttanesca, using familiar ingredients such as capers, anchovies, and olives. But instead of sitting over a pot of simmering tomato sauce, I used sun-dried tomatoes to form a paste that, when combined with pasta water, is transformed into a luscious sauce—and it’s all made in one pan!

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loukoumades
Erik bernstein
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Loukoumades

This dough is made with flour, sugar, yeast, and lemon zest. The loukoumades are then drizzled with melted chocolate, covered in cinnamon and honey, and sprinkled with pistachios. Yum!

Get the Loukoumades recipe.

honey garlic glazed salmon
Ethan Calabrese
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Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

This savory-sweet salmon never disappoints, and is wonderful alongside a variety of cheesy sides this Hanukkah. Searing fish might seem intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it'll be second nature.

Get the Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon recipe.

chicken schnitzel with cucumber salad
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Chicken Schnitzel

The key to good schnitzel is pounding the chicken evenly to ensure that the meat is well tenderized and there are no thick and thin parts to ensure even cooking. Serve the finished schnitzel with some roasted potatoes and tons of freshly squeezed lemon.

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chocolate babka
June Xie
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Chocolate Babka

A Jewish sweet braided bread loved by all, babka is stuffed, rolled, then baked with a variety of fillings. Chocolate babka tends to dominate the flavor popularity contest, but there's a certain appeal to a cinnamon babka that just can't be denied—which is why this recipe sneaks both into the mix.

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coconut ice cream
Parker Feierbach
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Coconut Ice Cream

This coconut ice cream is no joke. Not only is it dairy-free, but it's completely vegan too. It's ultra-creamy with a sweet coconut flavor that only gets better topped with toasted coconut. We love it with the real vanilla bean, but you can easily use an additional teaspoon of vanilla extract if you don't have any.

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honey garlic chicken pin
Ethan Calabrese
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Honey Garlic Chicken

The cooking method here is one that we love using at Delish: First you sear the chicken in an ovenproof skillet to take on some crust, then you transfer it to a preheated oven to finish cooking. It saves you cleanup—one-pan for the win!—and cooks the chicken perfectly.

Get the Honey Garlic Chicken recipe.

farro salad
Parker Feierbach
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Farro Salad

With nuts, cheese, fruit, and leafy arugula, this salad really feels like a full meal. Feel free to skip the cheese if you're serving it alongside a meaty main. It's still got all the elements you need: sweet, salty, soft, crunchy, fatty, and fresh.

Get the Farro Salad recipe.

citrus olive oil cake
Erik Bernstein
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Citrus Olive Oil Cake

Frying things in oil is a big tradition on Hanukkah, but we'd get it if you were intimidated by a big vat of hot oil. Instead, make this citrusy, tender cake instead! Lemon and orange zest play super well with the grassy, bright flavors of olive oil.

Get the Citrus Olive Oil Cake recipe.

rösti
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM
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Rösti

Swiss rösti is essentially the fanciest potato latke you’ll ever eat, where the best part is the topping. We view it almost like a Hanukkah pizza. We love classic applesauce, but you can go fancy with a bit of lox, sour cream, fresh dill, and roe for an amazing treat for any Hanukkah celebration.

Get the Rösti recipe.

bowl of carrot ginger soup topped with crispy shallots, chili oil, and cilantro
PHOTO: Erik Bernstein; FOOD STYLING: Simon Andrews
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Carrot Ginger Soup

Canned coconut milk makes this flavorful soup super-creamy and rich while keeping it conveniently dairy-free. Just a tablespoon of fish sauce adds depth and makes this soup feel that much more special. A sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro at the end ties in all the flavors and makes it look ultra appealing. Want to up the presentation even more? Add crispy fried shallots and chili oil for that final chef’s kiss.

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challah french toast
Emily Hlavac Green
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Challah French Toast

Slightly stale challah is perfect for soaking in the custard and fries up into a beautiful crisp exterior with a still pillowy soft interior. It's the perfect French toast to make for breakfast during Hanukkah (and after, using holiday leftovers!).

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kugel vertical
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 this eggy, cinnamon-y sweet version too.

Get the Sweet Noodle Kugel recipe.

challah
Emily Hlavac Green
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Challah Bread

Similar to brioche, challah is an egg-enriched loaf that is slightly sweet and wonderfully soft inside. It's time to put your braiding skills to good use!

Get the Challah Bread recipe.

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