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Pareve Main Dishes

Foods that are not meat or dairy are considered "pareve" (parve in Hebrew) by Jewish Dietary Laws. As a pareve food, fish can be served with both dairy and meat meals. Consequently, fish, a high-protein and low-fat food, plays a prominent role in kosher cuisine.
  1. Tuna Fish (13)
  2. Gefilte Fish (6)

Soba Salad with Salmon and Avocado (Pareve)

Sweet Ginger Tofu
A simple kosher, vegetarian recipe for Sweet Ginger Tofu, made with tamari, toasted sesame oil, and pure maple syrup.

Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with Couscous (Pareve)

Butternut Squash and Leek Lasagna (Dairy or Pareve)
A recipe for kosher butternut squash lasagna with leek Béchamel sauce.

Baked Salmon with Potatoes and Green Olives (Diary, Pareve, or Meat)
A recipe for Baked Salmon with Potatoes and Green Olives from Chef Todd Gray.

Easy Baked Nile Perch (Parve)
This Nile Perch recipe is easy enough for novice fish cooks to master and tasty enough for novice fish eaters to enjoy. Just count to three for a delicious and healthy main dish. One, rub mayonnaise on the fish. Two, sprinkle spices on the fish. Three, bake. Sometimes it is surprisingly simple to prepare great food.

Salmon Steak with Carrots and Raisins (Parve)
This Salmon Steak recipe works well as a Shabbat Friday night main dish, when the meal tends to be late is best kept lite. The carrots and raisins in the recipe also make this a festive Rosh Hashanah dish, especially if you are hosting vegetarians. Given that this fish recipe is so easy to prepare, you can also serve this moist, flavorful salmon with brown rice and salad for a healthy fam…

Salmon Patties (Parve)
Salmon Patties can be a great family dinner or a Shabbbos appetizer, especially during the summer months. This Salmon Patties recipe is easy, quick and versatile. Using canned salmon reduces prep time and effort. And the recipe can be easily altered according to your taste by adding garlic, mustard, parsley, lemon, and spices.

Garlic Baked Sea Bass (Parve)
This Garlic Baked Sea Bass recipe is easy enough for novice fish cooks to master. Simply rub some olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper into this mild fish, and bake for 20 minutes. Sometimes it is surprisingly simple to prepare a delicious, healthy main dish.

Top Tofu Recipes
Since some of my children have become vegetarians, tofu has become a staple on our weekly grocery list. There are a variety of ways to prepare delicious, healthy tofu dishes. We especially like non-dairy tofu recipes so we can serve the pareve dish with our meat Shabbat meals. Your family will enjoy these kosher tofu recipes for weekday and...

Herb Baked Salmon (Parve)
This recipe for Herb Baked Salmon proves that preparing healthy, tasty kosher meals can be quick and easy. Just mix the oil and spices, marinate the fish for 30 minutes, and bake for 10-15 minutes. Serve with a fresh, green salad and baked potato for a satiating and delicious meal.

Foil-Wrapped Baked Salmon Fillet (Parve)
This recipe for Honey-Soy Salmon Fillet originally caught my eye because my family loves this sweet-sour combination. I simplified the marinade so the ingredients are those we always have in our pantry. You can prepare the fish and marinade in under 5 minutes, marinate the fish for 30 minutes, and broil for 10. The fish is special enough to...

Tofu-Scallion Stir-Fry (Pareve)
This Tofu Stir-Fry is a welcome change from our usual baked tofu. You'll be compensated for the extra bit of effort it takes to stir-fry (rather than bake) with a more delicious dish. This Tofu-Scallion Stir-Fry is so tasty that the meat-eaters at my Shabbos table ask the vegetarians to share.

Baked Fish Fillets
These Baked Fish Fillets, cooked with onions, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and wine, are a lite, healthy and delicious main course for a summer Shabbat dinner, especially when you have fish-eating vegetarians at your table. After you prepare it once, you'll be able to prepare it on auto-pilot from then on. Be sure to use fresh fish.

Salmon Steak in Asian Sauce (Parve)
My friend Meira introduced me to this recipe for Salmon Steak in Asian Sauce, and my whole family is so glad she did. This fish dish is delicious, festive, and fairly simple and quick to prepare. For a healthy dinner, serve this fish with brown rice and salad.

Baked Sesame Teriyaki Tofu (Parve)
Perhaps my vegetarian friends were afraid they would go home hungry. Whatever the reason, I'm glad they brought this Baked Sesame Teriyaki Tofu dish with them to Friday night dinner. We enjoyed this healthy, tasty side dish for dinner that night, and since then we have gotten in the habit of preparing it often for Shabbat. It is so easy to make that my kids can prepare it all by themselves.

Shakshouka (Parve)
Shakshouka (also spelled Shakshuka), from the Hebrew word leshakshek meaning "to shake", is a popular, spiced, egg and tomato dish which Israelis are happy to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. While the origin is North African, even the most Ashkenazi Israelis love Shakshouka - which they tend to spice with paprika.

Baked Fish in Tomato Sauce (Parve)
Looking for a easy, versatile, tasty fish recipe? This is it. Buy any fish you like, mix together sauce ingredients you are sure to have in your pantry, and bake for 30 minutes. This recipe comes from Sara Finkel's cookbook, Classic Kosher Cooking: Simply Delicious.

Baked Breaded Fish Sticks (Parve)
Summer is the perfect time to cook with your kids, and this recipe for Baked Breaded Fish Sticks is a great parent-child cooking project. Children can bread the fish, and together you can put the breaded fish sticks into the oven. Ten minutes to prepare the breaded fish and ten minutes to cook means your meal can be on the table in 20 minutes....

Breaded Fried Tofu - Tofu Schnitzel (Parve)
My 15-year-old son has become a vegetarian, and some days I struggle to find meatless dishes to satiate his teenage boy appetite. The other day when I was making chicken schnitzel for his siblings, I decided to make Tofu Schnitzel for him. I just sliced a tofu cake, breaded it and then fried it as if it was a piece of chicken. He loved it!

Baked Fish with Vegetables (Parve)
What better way to bake fish than to surround it with a variety of fresh vegetables and flavor it with white wine, lemon juice and spices?

Baked Halibut (Parve)
This Baked Halibut recipe works well as a fish appetizer for a holiday dinner (gefilte fish substitute) or as a summer Shabbat dinner main dish,...

Favorite Kosher Fish Recipes
Given that fish is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids, it is a good idea to make it a part of your weekly meal plan. And given that fish is pareve and can be eaten with dairy and meat meals, kosher cooks may especially find these favorite kosher fish recipes to be helpful.

Pineapple Maple Glazed Salmon (Parve)
Five out of six members of my family loved fish. But when I found this recipe for Pineapple Maple Glazed Salmon in Susie Fishbein's cookbook, Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings, I felt hopeful about converting my 13-year-old into a fish-eater. Thanks to Susie, we're now six for six.

Wholesome Fish Soup (Parve)
I love the idea of fish soup, but it always seemed a difficult recipe to attempt. I figured I'd either hit or miss. Then my friend David called to tell me that he had just made this awesome fish soup for Shabbos which I needed to taste, photograph and put into this kosher food site for all of us to enjoy. So, without further ado, here is David's...

Miriam's Tofu (Parve)
Since my teenage son declared himself a vegetarian, I have been on the lookout for protein-rich vegetarian recipes for him. And since he likes tofu, I feel particularly pleased when I find delicious tofu recipes. Miriam's Tofu, lightly fried tofu mixed with sesame and sunflower seeds, comes from ESRA's kosher Meatless Meals Cookbook.

Batter-Fried Fish (Dairy) - Naomi Muller
Everyone in my family, even the child that always says "I don't like fish", loved this fish! Naomi Muller's Batter-Fried Fish is easy to make and delicious. While frying isn't optimal, the recipe compensates in the health arena by using whole wheat or whole spelt flour. Muller also provides a wheat-free alternative that uses brown rice flour and oat flour.

Tofu-Vegetable Stir-Fry (Pareve)
Who doesn't love a stir-fry? This Tofu-Vegetable Stir-Fry enables you to serve a protein that even the vegetarians in your home can enjoy. Serve this stir-fry with rice for a colorful and healthy kosher dinner.

Cornmeal Covered Fish Fillet (Parve)
This Cornmeal Covered Fish Fillet is similar to fried fish schnitzel, but it is lighter and more unique tasting. I've used this recipe to coat flounder, halibut, cod and sole. My children love to eat this fish with tartar sauce and lettuce in a fresh roll.

Tofu Rice Stir-Fry (Pareve)
If you have vegetarians guests for Shabbos, this Tofu Rice Stir-Fry is the perfect dish to serve. With tofu, rice and vegetables, it can be meet all their meal needs. Like many stir-fry recipes, there are a few steps to the recipe, but none of them are very taxing. And if you use frozen vegetables rather than fresh, then there is less to chop....

Grilled Salmon (Parve)
The marinade adds wonderful flavor to this Grilled Salmon. Serve with Cranberry Rice Salad and Mango Sherbet for a lovely and lite kosher summer meal.

Tofu and Chickpeas (Pareve)
This is the type of recipe that you either love or hate, depending on personal taste. If you like tofu and you like chickpeas, then you'll love the recipe. The honey, soy, garlic marinade is delicious. And the recipe is very healthy. Serve as a side dish on Shabbos for your vegetarian guests, or serve over rice for a complete vegetarian meal.

Moroccan Fish Cakes in Lemon Sauce (Parve) - Levana Kirshchenbaum
In her wonderful cookbook, Levana's Table - Kosher Cooking for Everyone, Levana Kirshchenbaum introduces this recipe for Moroccan Fish Cakes in Lemon Sauce as "the Moroccan answer to gefilte fish."

Mustard-Panko-Crusted Sole (Parve) - Ronnie Fein
In her cookbook Hip Kosher, Ronnie Fein writes "Sole is the perfect choice when you want a quick dinner. The fillets are thin and cook within minutes. Other flatfish like flounder and fluke will work with this recipe and you could also substitute thicker fish like grouper, haddock, or halibut fillets (adjust cooking times)."

Top 8 Tuna Recipes
Tuna, like most things, is good in moderation and not good in excess. Since tuna is so tasty, economical and healthy when eaten in moderation, I've included recipes that make one can of tuna go a long way.

Roasted Pistachio-Crusted Salmon (Parve) - Ronnie Fein
In Hip Kosher, Ronnie Fein combines mustard and pistachios to bring out the best in salmon. "This recipe is so easy and the fish so flavorful that it’s probably the one I make most often."

Parmesan-Crusted Grouper (Dairy) - Susie Fishbein
The recipes in Susie Fishbein's kosher cookbooks always lead to crowd-pleasing dishes - delicious and beautiful. The recipes in her cookbooks with few ingredients and simple instructions, such as this Parmesan-Crusted Grouper, are my favorites.

Poached Salmon (Pareve)
For an easy, quick and healthy kosher meal, try poached salmon.

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