14 Foods You Need to Eat For Good Luck in the New Year

Start eating these good luck foods when the clock strikes midnight for fortune in the year to come! Plus, get our favorite recipes for enjoying these lucky foods. 

The holiday season is full of rich, long-standing traditions, but we love the tasty traditions the most. If you're at all superstitious, you may be familiar with traditional food to bring you luck in the new year. People around the world feast on these New Year's staples for their symbolic powers, and we think those people are totally onto something. While we can't confirm that these actually work, there is no doubt that entering the new year on a full stomach is a pretty lucky way to start. Browse our list of traditional New Year's food below for some delicious good-luck inspiration:

1. Baked Doughnuts for the Year Coming Full Circle

Donuts are one of our favorite foods that bring good luck. Ring-shaped food is said to be symbolic of the year coming full circle. Celebrate all you've accomplished with these delicious cherry-almond doughnuts. Plus, they're baked, not fried, so you can munch guilt-free while keeping that New Year's resolution.

Get the recipe here

2. Black-Eyed Peas for Southern Supersition

If you're attending a New Year's celebration in the South, chances are you'll run into this traditional dish. While there are many theories as to why black-eyed peas are considered lucky, there is one thing we can all agree on: they are pretty darn delicious.

Get the recipe here

3. Long Soba Noodles for Longevity

The longer the noodle, the longer the life. At least, that's what this ancient superstition says. Soba noodles are extra-long and are meant to be slurped up on New Year's Day to symbolize longevity. Just be careful to not break or chew the noodles on their way from bowl to mouth!

Get the recipe here

4. Pork for Prosperity

If it's wealth and prosperity you seek, pork should be your main course this coming new year. Pork symbolizes prosperity...and it's tasty! We're dishing up pork verde tacos. Why can't New Year's also be taco night?

Get the recipe here.

5. Smashed Pomegranate for Good Fortune

Pomegranates are considered good luck for the people of Greece, but they are not used in a way you'd expect. Instead of eating this sweet red fruit, Greek families crush a pomegranate on the threshold of their home at the start of the new year. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't buy extra fruit to make this delicious apple-pomegranate galette!

Get the recipe here

6. Go Green for a Healthy & Wealthy New Year

Who doesn't want to start their new year off with some greens... money, that is. It is often believed that eating greens to ring in the new year will bring good luck to your pockets in the New Year. We sure hope that's true because we can't get enough of this healthy green dish!

Get the recipe here

7. Wishbone for Luck

Fighting over the wishbone is almost as much of a tradition as the breaking of the wish bone itself. According to legend if the wishbone breaks evenly between the people pulling it, they both get their wishes. If the bone doesn't break right down the middle, the person with the longer end will have his or her wish granted. Ancient Romans saw chickens as predictors of the future and good luck omens. Roast up a whole bird and break that wishbone!

Check out roast chicken recipes.

8. Lentils: Bites to Success

As lentils are soaked in water, they expand, symbolizing prosperity. Eat this dish if you want good fortune and success in the coming year. We jazzed it up a bit by making these lentil-and rice-stuffed peppers for a crowd.

Get the recipe here

9. Golden Cornbread for a Golden Year Ahead

Cornbread is baked to a delicious golden color symbolizing, you guessed it, wealth. Serve up a side of this Southern staple and your guests will thank you when that big holiday bonus check finally arrives!

Get the recipe here

10. Whole Fish for Wholesome Months Ahead

Legend has it that eating a whole fish, cooked with the head, tail, and all, brings forth a good year. While we are normally ones to follow tradition, we will take our chances with this yummy glazed fish fillet. It's the thought that counts, right?

Get the recipe here

11. Fortune Cookies for Well Wishes

Kick off the new year with messages of luck, hope, and prosperity for your friends and family. Slide each one into a handmade cookie. If your loved ones have a good sense of humor, consider slipping in a joke or two. Starting the New Year off with laughter can't be a bad thing. Don't forget the lucky numbers!

Get the recipe here.

12. Sauerkraut for Longevity, Luck, and Money

For the Pensylvania Dutch, long shreds of cabbage represent a long life making sauerkraut a must-have on the New Year's dinner table. Be sure to make a hefty portion, the Pennsylvania Dutch also wish for as much luck and money as the number of cabbage strands on the table. It's time to shred some heads!

Get the recipe here.

13. Herring for Bounty

Look to Europe for your newest New Year's tradition. In countries like Norway, Germany, Poland, Finland, and Sweden, herring is bountiful thanks to their proximity to the Baltic Sea. So on New Year's, right at midnight, herring is served up to encourage bounty in the coming year. 

Check out our favorite fish and seafood recipes.

14. Twelve Sweet Grapes for Each Month

New Year's celebrations in Spain kick off with a handful of grapes – 12, to be exact. Tradition states that at the stroke of midnight, you should eat 12 sweet grapes, one for each month of the upcoming year. It's a good thing this fruit tart is loaded with grapes for good luck!

Get the recipe here


Be the first to comment!

Better Homes & Gardens may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.