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Jewish Brisket

Jewish Brisket with Onion Gravy or My Mother’s Brisket (but not really)

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 4.5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 8-10 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Jewish


Jewish Brisket with Onion Gravy turns out perfect every time!



1 5-6 lb brisket, well trimmed (fatty briskets are for BBQ)

1 t salt divided

1 t pepper divided (I usually add more, because it is good when it is peppery)

Garlic powder to sprinkle

3 T oil, divided

3 large onions, sliced

4 cloves garlic minced

1 t paprika


Pat brisket dry and season with 1/2 t salt and pepper and garlic powder. It is really hard to over season brisket. Place 1 T oil in Dutch oven and heat in a preheated 375 oven for 10 minutes. Place brisket in oil, fat side up and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Saute onions in remaining oil in a large skillet, until softened and beginning to turn golden. Reduce heat to medium and cook until deep golden and caramelized, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, paprika, and remaining salt and pepper and cook 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Spoon over brisket. Place lid on Dutch oven leaving it a bit ajar. Bake for about 3 1/2 hours until tender. Add more water if necessary during cooking, but this has never happened to me.

Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour. Remove brisket from sauce, scraping any clinging onions back into the sauce. Wrap brisket in foil and refrigerate overnight. Pour gravy from pan into a 4 cup measuring cup. Fat will rise to top overnight. Remove. The next day use an immersion blender to puree gravy until smooth. You should have at least 3 cups, if not add more water.

The next day slice brisket into thin slices, if possible, with an electric knife. Make sure to slice against the grain or your brisket will be stringy. Place some gravy into the bottom of a pan and then place brisket on top of that. Cover with rest of gravy and then seal pan with foil. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes. This will serve 8-10 people.


Most of the above times are not active cooking times.

Please eave a day for the brisket to chill overnight.