Israeli Recipes

Browse 30+ Israeli recipes, and try this aromatic and delicious cuisine at home.

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Hawaij/All-Purpose Seasoning

Rating: 5 stars 6
This is inspired by a recipe for traditional Hawaij. A great and simple blend of spices that has become one of our favorite general seasonings. I use this as a rub for chicken a lot, but it is also a great seasoning for rice, fish, pork, even shrimp and mixed veggies.

Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)

Rating: 4.5 stars 94
Authentic chummus is very different and SO much tastier than its American counterpart. This chummus is creamy and delicate in taste rather than overpowered with garlic or thick and pasty. It is eaten warm, fresh, and as a whole meal spread out in a dish and drizzled with fresh olive oil. It is scooped up with pita, raw onion slices, or just a fork. Do NOT use canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)!

Re:Bar Re:Vive Shake

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Lived in Israel for a few years and lived on Re:Bar's shakes, now that I'm back in America I can't get them. This tastes almost exactly the same as their Re:Vive shake does. It's my favorite one! For a thicker shake freeze your yogurt before blending.

Matbucha

Rating: 3.5 stars 8
Matbucha (Mott-Boo-Chah) is a cooked tomato and roasted bell peppers salad that is popular in Israel, Morocco and throughout the Middle East. The name Matbucha literally means 'cooked salad' in Arabic. It is usually served as a side dish, but it also works well over fish.

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Rating: 4.5 stars 356
This Tunisian dish is like a Mediterranean version of huevos rancheros. Fried eggs simmer in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, colorful bell peppers, chile peppers, and spices.

Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Rating: 4.5 stars 559
I got this recipe from a friend who is from Bethlehem. The flavors are just delicious. The possibilities of add-ins are endless.

Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 58
Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley combine with a drizzled dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mint leaves.

Middle Eastern Kibbeh

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
Kibbeh is a wonderful dish from the Middle East traditionally made with lamb meat but beef is acceptable, too. I prefer it made into patties and fried in olive oil. However, it is most often found in restaurants in baked form. Serve kibbeh with tahini, a sesame seed paste.

Israeli Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 131
Israeli salad can typically be found at the many falafel street stands all over Israel. It is served on its own as a side dish or inside a pita sandwich wrap. This fresh, light, and colorful salad is sure to become a favorite for your family. Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley combine with a drizzled dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mint leaves. Goes great in a pita with falafel, hummus, and tahini, but also works as a side dish with any middle eastern, Greek, or even north African food.

Moroccan Shabbat Fish

Rating: 4.5 stars 27
Every Shabbat my mother-in-law makes this fish. I've modified it since the fish she uses in Israel isn't available in the Midwest. When you smell this fish cooking, you know it's Shabbat! Serve this with lots of Challah to soak up the yummy juice!

Shakshuka (Middle Eastern Breakfast Dish)

Rating: 4.5 stars 27
This is a great, quick, flavorful dish I learned while living in southern Israel. You can add spices to taste, but for the first go, try it this way. Makes 2 hearty servings. Serve with bread to sop up the sauce.

Foolproof Potato Latkes

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
This is my mother's latke recipe which has been a smashing hit at dozens of Chanukah parties. The secret is in the potatoes, which are crushed rather than grated, resulting in a light, crispy latke.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Cheese Bourekas
Rating: Unrated 21
Middle-Eastern style puff pastry pockets filled with cheese. Great served as an appetizer or the traditional Israeli way for breakfast with salad, olives, cheese, and plain yogurt. Could also be filled with leftover mashed potatoes, or a spinach and feta mixture.
California Style Israeli Salad
Rating: Unrated 31
This salad is beautiful, as well as being delicious and a little bit 'different', even though it is very easy to find ingredients and prepare. Kids and adults love it. It is a family favorite.
Fast and Easy Israeli Tahini Cookies
Rating: 4.5 stars 9

A quick and simple Middle Eastern/Mediterranean hit. I've seen both little Jewish grandmothers in Jerusalem make these cookies and Bedouin women living in the middle of the desert. A great simple recipe that isn't too sweet, is very versatile and fast. Enjoy.