30 Traditional Newfoundland Recipes (2024)

Growing up in Newfoundland and being raised on traditional Newfoundland recipes was both a blessing and a privilege. The food was simple and rustic, and it was hearty and delicious too. In this collection, I am narrowing down my favourites to showcase 30 of the tastiest home has to offer!

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Please note that this is a collection of my personal favourites. All of these recipes have been prepared by me and all of the images and instructions are mine. Traditions vary across the island when it comes to food and food preparation and everyone seems to have their own substitutions, add-ins, and techniques. My list of 30 Traditional Newfoundland Recipes is traditional to me, my family, and my home.

I’m probably going to get some hate mail coming my way for this, but unlike some recipes that call Newfoundland home, my recipes do not include salt beef. It is used quite a bit in Newfoundland, and it was used in my mom’s kitchen weekly. But, I never did acquire a taste for it. In fact, I remember picking it out of things like my mom’s homemade soup. I ate around it and never complained about it being in a recipe. You can read more about salt beef here.

When I caught the cooking bug, I developed my own traditional Newfoundland-style recipes without salt beef. There are two reasons for that. The first, I already mentioned. The second reason is that John.e is a vegetarian. So, even though I’m willing to eat around it, he doesn’t have that option. But, trust me, Dear Reader, these recipes are quite delicious without it, and if you must have salt beef in your version, there’s absolutely no law that says you can’t! Go for it!

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I can’t think of a better place to start! Newfoundlanders love things like freshly baked bread, cinnamon rolls, and no-bake cheesecake. And when it comes to dates, there are certainly more Newfoundlanders that love them rather than those who do not! Here are 5 of my favourites!

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Mom’s No-Bake Cheesecake

Mom’s No-Bake Cheesecake is perfect for any occasion! Try making this dessert in the summertime when the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven! Once you have prepared the crumb base and the cream cheese filling, top it with your favourite store-bought or homemade jam!

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Date Walnut Loaf

Best served with tea as an afternoon snack, Date Walnut Loaf is very moist with bursts of sweet chopped dates and crunchy walnuts. Makes for a great gift idea, and can be easily frozen for later too!

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Newfoundland Style Cinnamon Rolls

Made without yeast, Newfoundland Style Cinnamon Rolls are less like bread and more like a biscuit. This is the recipe every Newfoundlander is most familiar with. Often eaten with a cup of tea after a big meal, or as an afternoon treat. Oh, and no icing needed here; perfection doesn’t need to be dressed up!

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Newfoundland Molasses Sweet Bread

Every culture has traditional foods, and I can’t think of one food that I associate with Newfoundland more than homemade bread. Newfoundland Molasses Sweet Bread is both a Newfie tradition and a treat!

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Newfoundland Date Squares

Newfoundland Date Squares are a traditional Newfoundland treat! Slightly sweet, with a crumbly topping, and a soft, chewy center, perfect for an afternoon snack with a cup of hot tea! These are a regular treat on the island; no special occasion needed!

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Everyone loves a good side dish, but growing up in my family home, the side dish was 100% secondary. When I cook, I like to think about possible sides even before I’m completely settled on the main. That was not the case for my mother. She opened the freezer, picked up a package of frozen meat or fish, and decided on a side later!

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Traditional Newfoundland Savoury Dressing

Loved throughout Newfoundland, this traditional baked dressing uses pure savoury to transform a bread stuffing into something extraordinarily tasty! The same preparation method is applied whether you bake or pan-fry the dressing, and even if you stuff it into your turkey!

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Mashed Turnip and Carrots with Herb Butter

Nothing compares to the rustic simplicity ofMashed Turnip and Carrots with Herb Butter. Comforting and wholesome, it will add a pop of colour and flavour to any autumn dinner. Serve this side at Thanksgiving – it’s delicious with gravy too!

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In most cases, a condiment is considered a sauce, but not in Newfoundland, and this list of 30 Traditional Newfoundland Recipes would not be complete without a few of them. What some consider a side dish, we consider a condiment. For example, you might want to pour gravy onto your mashed potatoes, which is a great option, but what about topping them with mustard pickles or pickled beets?

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Dad’s Canned Pickled Beets

Preserving a fall harvest is an experience like no other, and every home chef should try canning at least once. Dad’s Canned Pickled Beets is the perfect place to start, because their very easy to can. No fancy equipment needed for this one! They’re sweet, vinegary, and fork-tender; these beets will keep you smiling all winter long!

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Preserved Mustard Pickles

Preserved Mustard Pickles are a sweet and tart condiment or side dish made from cauliflower, zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, and carrot. A condiment so delicious, I often eat it as a side dish!

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Newfoundland Donair Sauce

A sweet, tangy, garlicky dipping sauce that’s fit for a king! With three very simple ingredients, Newfoundland Donair Sauce is able to transform your favourite dippers into a glorious, tantalizing, taste adventure!

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I have not lived in Newfoundland for many years, so things may have changed, but when I was growing up there, a meatless main was almost unheard of! In this section, you will find some traditional Newfoundland recipes that I have updated from meat-based to meat-less!

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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup is every bit as delicious, wholesome, and nostalgic as the soup your mom made. This is a pantry staple recipe with a few fresh root vegetables. Not looking for a vegetarian soup? Add bacon or ham to your soup or serve them both on the side!

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Braised White Bean Stew

Canned white beans and a good vegetable broth, along with some pantry staples, come together to create this hearty and rustic Braised White Bean Stew.

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Traditional Newfoundland Stewed Beans

A soup that’s worthy of the name stew; meatless and delicious, Traditional Newfoundland Stewed Beans transforms rustic, homey ingredients into a hearty and wholesome meal!

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If memory serves me correctly, the first vegetarian I ever encountered was in my mid-twenties. There are no vegetarians in my hometown – not one! I can guarantee it! There may be a few now, but I would assume they are few and far between. When I met John.e and started to experiment with vegetarian cooking, I remember my mom screwing up her nose at it. To her, a meal without meat wasn’t a meal at all! These meat-based recipes are some of my all-time favourites!

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Pineapple Glazed Ham

This boneless glazed ham is super easy to prepare and everyone loves it! The ham is tender and moist; it is salty, sweet and a little tart too, which makes it the perfect Easter main! Serve this retro-inspired dish the easy way – no need for carving and fancy presentation. Pineapple Glazed Ham has all the flavour without all the fuss!

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Slow Braised Barbequed Beef Bites

Slow Braised Barbequed Beef Bites are tender and moist with just the right amount of heat and sweet. This recipe is the perfect way to enjoy deep barbeque flavours without grilling.

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Traditional Newfoundland Cold Plates

A hearty meal for a hard-working people, Cold Plates are a very traditional Newfoundland Sunday night supper. It also happens to be my personal favourite!

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Homemade Newfoundland Pizza

Probably unlike any delivery pizza you’ve ever tasted, but completely addictive and delicious in its own right! Try eating just one slice!!

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Loose Meat Sandwiches

Move over Landford Lunch Box! Anyone can make this easy and inexpensive, blast from the past, beef burger alternative. Loose Meat Sandwiches are the perfect no-fuss weeknight dinner solution!

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Pancake Batter Fried Fish

Unlike most fish batters that are made with beer, this one is made with a well seasoned buttermilk pancake batter from a box! It sounds a little strange, but it’s absolutely delicious! Fried until crispy, the fish is perfectly cooked and surrounded by slightly sweet, light and airy batter – yum!

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Fried Squid Rings

Sometimes, a simple recipe, one that leaves the main ingredient in a near-pure form, is the best! Fried Squid Rings is such a recipe; with the help of a few seasonings and condiments, these are quickly fried so that they are super tender and most certainly super flavourful!

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Leftover Turkey Soup

A hearty and wholesome soup prepared with fresh root vegetables, rice, and leftover turkey breast meat. Put leftover holiday turkey to good use with this Leftover Turkey Soup recipe!

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Shipwreck Casserole Dinner

A blast from the past recipe that will fill your belly and comfort all of your food cravings; Shipwreck Casserole Dinner is not only super delicious, but also very easy to prepare, and as an added bonus, it’s loaded with veggies too!

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Easy Old Fashioned Goulash

Hearty ground beef and pasta are the main ingredients in this Easy Old Fashioned Goulash; loaded with peppers and tomatoes, this is a complete and nutritious meal!

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Sweet and Smoky Baked Beans

Instant Pot or traditional oven, Sweet and Smoky Baked Beans are delicious and so easy to prepare. Never buy canned beans from the grocer again! Make them vegetarian or serve them with fried crumbled bacon or ham on the side!

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We had salads all the time, but very rarely did one of those salads have lettuce or tomatoes! Whenever a “green salad” was present, it was always called a tossed salad. It was prepared with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and ham. Even the salad had meat! Salads in our home were mostly potato or pasta-based. And, to this day, they are the types of salad I crave the most!

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Pickled Beet Potato Salad

Pickled Beet Potato Salad is a sweet and creamy side dish paired perfectly with chicken or roast beef; a perfect summer potluck take-along side dish! Vibrantly pink and quite frankly, a bit odd, but super delicious and a conversation starter too! What more could you ask for in a potato salad?

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Mom’s Classic Macaroni Salad

Creamy and flavourful, with red and green bell peppers, green relish, green onions, and cheddar cheese; Mom’s Classic Macaroni Salad is a dish served best any time you like! Because, when something tastes this good, it’s good any time and all the time!

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Mustard Potato Salad

Mustard Potato Salad is very similar to regular potato salad, but with tang and zing from yellow mustard. Adding a vegetable medley consisting of peas, beans, corn, and carrots gives the salad more texture and flavour. Update your regular salad with a new flavour profile!

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Home Style Creamy Coleslaw

A great tasting Home Style Creamy Coleslaw consists of simple ingredients, no fuss, and lots of crispy, crunchy vegetables.

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Vegetable Potato Salad

Made with chopped hard-boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, and green onions, Vegetable Potato Salad is creamy, comforting, and oh so delicious! The addition of eggs and green onions might not be the makings of a traditional Newfoundland potato salad in your home, but it surely is in mine! You’ve got to try this version!

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Apple and Corn Salad

With just a few ingredients, Apple and Corn Salad is one of those great tasting recipes that gives you lots of bang for your buck! This was oftentimes served with potato salads and chicken for Sunday night supper!

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That’s how the old saying goes, right? In this particular case though, the proof is in the recipes! Since I’m the one promoting these 30 Traditional Newfoundland Recipes, it’s safe to say that I love them all. Over the years, I have made each one over and over again in my kitchen. But, as I said in the beginning, what is traditional to me might not be traditional to you.

If you plan to make any of these recipes, feel free to make them your own. For example, I know that my Aunt Louise will add finely chopped raw onion to her potato salads. And, my ex-mother-in-law will add chopped apple to hers. I won’t add either of those things to mine. They are not traditional to me, but onion and apple are traditional to them.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. And, if for even just a moment, I hope I have encouraged you to embrace Newfoundland cuisine.

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What is a traditional Newfie dish? ›

Jigg's dinner is a traditional Newfoundland meal, comparable to corned beef and cabbage. Newfoundland is Canada's easternmost province and is also an island in the Atlantic. Make sure that the split peas are securely tied into a cloth bag (pudding bag), a dish towel, or cheesecloth.

What is the signature food of Newfoundland? ›

Signature Dish: Jiggs Dinner

If there's a single dish that embodies Newfoundland, Jiggs dinner—a dish composed of salt beef (known as corned beef in the US), greens, carrots, turnips, and pease pudding—would have to be it.

What typical dishes might you taste in Newfoundland? ›

Jiggs' Dinner with Figgy Duff

No matter how the name came about, we say it's delicious. The usual ingredients are salt beef or turkey, turnip, cabbage, potato, carrot, pease pudding, and more often than not, some kind of dessert. Figgy Duff is a traditional dish, usually served along with Jiggs' Dinner.

What is the most popular food in Newfoundland and Labrador? ›

Some of these famous Newfoundland items include colcannon, doughboys, pea soup, salt fish and brewis, toutons, and cod tongues. Many Newfoundlanders enjoy dishes including delicious Jigg's dinner which is made up of beef stew, cabbage, turnip and potatoes followed by Figgy Duff pudding as a desert.

What is the best food to eat in Newfoundland? ›

Here are the Newfoundland dishes you need to eat NOW:
  • Yellowbelly Salt & Vinegar Fish and Chips. ...
  • Frugal Steins Jiggs Dinner Mussels. ...
  • The Guv'Nor Pub Cod au Gratin Dinner. ...
  • Terre Chips and Dip. ...
  • Mallard Cottage Cod Cheeks.
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Why do Newfoundlanders eat Jiggs dinner? ›

Jiggs dinner, also called boiled dinner or cooked dinner, is a traditional meal commonly prepared and eaten on Sundays in Newfoundland. Corned beef and cabbage was the favorite meal of Jiggs, the central character in the popular, long-running comic strip Bringing Up Father by George McManus and Zeke Zekley.

What is the national drink of Newfoundland? ›

Long before any Canadian liquor board was created, the Jamaican rum that was eventually to be known as Screech was a mainstay of the traditional Newfoundland diet.

What is a Newfoundland breakfast? ›

A Newfoundland breakfast, derived in large part from the traditional fry-ups of the British Isles, may consist of beans, a touton, fried egg and bacon. Jeremy Keith/Wikipedia. ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Part 8 of a series.

What is Newfoundland drink? ›

Newfoundland Screech is a rum sold in Newfoundland with 40% alcohol by volume.

What is the most popular food in Newfoundland? ›

Jiggs Dinner, the most quintessential of Newfoundland foods, is a one pot meal of salt beef boiled with cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnip (rutabaga) and sometimes turnip greens.

What seafood is Newfoundland known for? ›

The province's inshore and offshore Northern shrimp, snow crab, Arctic surf clam, offshore scallop, herring, redfish and Canadian yellowtail flounder fisheries are certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.

What food is traditionally eaten? ›

11 Traditional English Dishes
  • Yorkshire Pudding. This light and airy bread is a true staple in English cuisine. ...
  • Fish and Chips. ...
  • English Pancakes. ...
  • Shepherd's Pie. ...
  • Black Pudding. ...
  • Trifle. ...
  • Full English Breakfast. ...
  • Toad in the Hole.
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What food can you only get in Newfoundland? ›

Yes, Newfoundland and Labrador have unique culinary traditions. Some notable dishes include Jigg's dinner, Touton (a type of pan-fried bread), and Flipper pie.

What are Newfoundlands famously known for? ›

Newfoundlands are famous for their water rescues, and one of them may have changed the course of history. In 1815 a Newf reportedly saved Napoleon Bonaparte from drowning during his escape from exile on Elba island.

What animal is Newfoundland known for? ›

The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a well-known symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador. Over 95 percent of all the puffins in North America breed on the coasts of the province. The largest colony can be seen in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, south of St. John's.

What chips are only in Newfoundland? ›

Other popular local chip flavours include Roast Chicken and Nacho Crunchits. Pineapple Crush is an off-kilter flavour made exclusively for Newfoundland & Labrador, and has been in the market for the last 50 years.

What is Jiggs dinner made of? ›

For those of you who don't know, Jiggs' Dinner – also known as “boiled” or “Sunday” dinner – is a traditional meal that consists of salt beef, turnip, cabbage, potato, carrot, pease pudding, and more often than not, some kind of dessert.

Where does the term Jiggs dinner come from? ›

It wasn't until the 1920s and 1930s that the term Jiggs Dinner became common supper vernacular — and it comes from a comic strip. Jiggs was a character created by George McManus in his popular American comic called “Bringing Up Father” that ran for almost 100 years, from 1913 to 2000.

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