Plate Expectations: Seder brisket with pomegranate and lemon gremolata

Plate Expectations: Seder brisket with pomegranate and lemon gremolata

Our in-house chef Denise Phillips cooks up her latest delicious treat!

Denise Phillips is a Jewish cook and author

A new recipe that is tried and tested is just what one needs for Seder night!  This succulent piece of brisket just melts in the mouth.  Make it in advance, slice and keep warm.  What could be easier?

Preparation Time:  25 minutes, plus 2 hours refrigeration

Cooking Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Serves:  6 to 8 people




4 garlic cloves – peeled and finely chopped

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 piece beef brisket 1.8kg – 2kg

2 tablespoons olive oil


2 lemons – zest and juice

2 tablespoons beef powder with 300ml hot water- to make beef stock

150ml red wine/ Kiddush wine


Pomegranate Gremolata/ Herb Topping

3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

100g split almonds

1 lemon – zest only

2 garlic cloves – peeled and finely chopped

Flaked sea salt

1 pomegranate – remove seeds



  1. Prepare the brisket by mashing garlic and a pinch of salt using a mortar and pestle, rolling pin or the side of a knife, until a paste forms.
  2. Smear brisket with the paste and transfer to a baking dish.
  3. Refrigerate, covered, for at least two hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 160°C/ 325°F/ Gas mark 3.
  5. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Sear brisket until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes and then transfer to an ovenware dish.
  7. Pour lemon juice, stock and wine over brisket and cook covered for 2 hours. Uncover for a final 15 minutes.
  8. To make the gremolata/ herb, combine the parsley, chives, split almonds, lemon zest, and garlic. Season with sea salt. Add pomegranate seeds.
  9. Slice brisket. Serve with pan juices and pomegranate gremolata.

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