Glazed Beef Brisket – Healthy Options

Our healthy-version recipe for glazed beef brisket is fork tender, juicy, and a perfect Shabbat or holiday main dish.

The Backstory: What would our Jewish holidays be without our beloved glazed beef brisket? Can you even imagine such a thing? It seems like no matter the celebration, someone is always making or bringing the brisket. And with good reason, brisket is comfort food that brings us back to our roots and makes us feel connected to our childhood and holiday celebrations from years gone by. Just the smell of it cooking in the oven can invoke memories from the past and the feeling of warmth and family. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Glazed Beef Brisket - Healthy Options

Tender beef brisket is slow-roasted in a sweet and savory marinade until the meat is fork tender and ready to melt-in-your-mouth. The meat and marinade create a savory gravy to spoon over the brisket, potatoes or any side you choose. This brisket is ready to take center stage at your next holiday gathering!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 2 envelopes dried onion soup mix (1.4 oz packages each)
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 6 lbs. boneless, lean, raw beef brisket
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh carrots, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. water


  1. Make a paste of the garlic, dried onion soup mix, mustard, ketchup, and chili sauce. Set aside.
  2. Place the brisket in a roasting pan and brush it with the paste mixture. Add the carrots and onions in the pan around the brisket.
  3. Wrap it lightly with foil and cook at 350 degrees for 3 1/2 hours or until fork tender and reaches an internal temperature of 145-160 degrees F for 15 seconds.
  4. Collect the drippings to make the gravy along with the chopped onions and carrots. Add to a measuring cup and add water if necessary to make 1 1/2 cups. Spoon off the fat from the top of the liquid and discard.
  5. Place the gravy in a saucepan and cook until boiling. Mix the cornstarch with the water to make a smooth paste and stir into the boiling gravy. Continue stirring and bring back to boil until gravy thickens.
  6. Slice the brisket (against the grain) and serve with the gravy.

…The Backstory continues: Even if you’re not a meat eater or meat lover, chances are you’ve prepared a brisket for guests at your own holiday table. My recipe for Glazed Beef Brisket is as delicious as your Bubbie’s but it’s lightened up just enough to not make you feel guilty about that second serving.  But who’s counting?book-cover-image

You can find more tasty recipes in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Poached Pears in Fruit Juice to Broiled Halibut (or Salmon) with Garlic and Tarragon — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!


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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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