Dairy and Fish Recipes for the Nine Days

Kosher Recipes for Tishat HaYamim

Indian Spiced Salmon. © 2014 Miri Rotkovitz

It is customary for Jews to refrain from eating meat during the Nine Days (Tishat HaYamim) leading up to the Ninth of Av (Tisha B'Av). Tisha B'Av - the ninth day of the Jewish calendar month of Av - is a day of mourning and fasting. On this day, Jews remember the destruction of The First Temple in 586 BCE, the destruction of The Second Temple in 70 CE, as well as other tragedies suffered by Jews in the past.

I hope these kosher dairy recipes will be helpful to you as you plan menus for the 9 Days.

Did You Know? The custom to refrain from meat, but not fish, in the days leading up to Tisha B'Av is similar to the diet many Catholics observe during Lent. These recipes, along with other kosher recipes that are dairy or pareve -- and therefore necessarily exclude meat ingredients -- are useful for Lenten meal planning, too.

Dairy Recipes for the Nine Days

  1. Black Bean, Cheese, and Tortilla Casserole (Dairy) 

  2. Parmesan Quinoa-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms (Dairy, Passover)

  3. Spinach, Feta, and Mushroom Pie (Dairy)

  4. Mushroom and Onion Omelette (Dairy or Parve, Passover)

  5. Easy Cheese Borekas (Dairy)

  6. Blintz Souffle (Dairy)
  7. Cheese Latkes Pancakes (Dairy)
  8. Crustless Cheese and Vegetable Quiche​ (Dairy)

Pasta Recipes

  1. Butternut Squash and Leek Lasagna (Dairy or Pareve)

  2. Tuna and Veggie Pasta Salad (Parve)

  3. Spinach Lasagna (Dairy)

  1. Pasta Bechamel, aka Creamy Macaroni and Cheese (Dairy)

Fish Recipes

  1. Lemon Herb Baked Halibut (Parve, Passover)

  2. Indian-Spiced Salmon (Pareve)

  3. Classic Tuna Salad (Pareve)

Vegan and Vegetarian​ Recipes

  1. Persian Eggplant and Tomato Stew (Khoresh Bademjan)​
  2. Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with Couscous (Pareve)

  3. Baked Chickpea Fritters (Pareve)

    Updated by Miri Rotkovitz