Pagan Sabbat Cooking

Delicious Recipes for Every Modern Pagan Sabbat Celebration

Many Pagans like to celebrate the Sabbats with feasting, friends, and food. As the Wheel of the Year turns, it can help bring us more in tune with the seasons if we incorporate our spirituality into our meal planning and menus. Here's a collection of recipe ideas for all eight of the modern Pagan sabbat celebrations, as well as some tips on how to be an effective kitchen witch!

Samhain Recipes

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Creamy pumpkin soup on a rustic table. sara_winter / Getty Images

Samhain is a season to honor the dead, celebrate our ancestors, and get in touch with the spirit world as the earth grows colder and dies once more. Put together some of these tasty seasonal ideas for your Samhain celebration: ghost poop mousse (sounds gross, but your kids will love it), sugar skulls, banshee mulled wine, and butternut squash casserole! It's all about comfort food this time of year, so dig in.

Yule Cooking Magic

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Chocolate roulade, or Yule log cake. etorres69 / Getty Images

Are you ready to mix up some kitchen magic for Yule, the Winter Solstice? Celebrate the longest night of the year -- and the midwinter chilliness, with fun seasonal recipes like wassail, hot buttered rum, peppermint fudge, and a rich chocolate Yule Log cake.

Imbolc Cooking

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In many Pagan traditions, the Imbolc sabbat is a time to honor new life and the warmth of the hearth fire. Celebrate your Sabbat with seasonal recipes such as baked custard, bacon and leeks, braided bread, curried lamb, and Irish cream truffles.

Ostara Recipes

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Ostara, the spring equinox, is a time full of new life and new beginnings. Plan your Sabbat menu accordingly, to reflect the themes of the season. Try simple, earthy recipes like deviled eggs, spring sprout salad, and mint chutney. Also, try marshmallow peep ambrosia, for a great way to get rid of some of that leftover Easter candy!

Beltane Recipe Ideas

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Pagan altar set for early summer. MichiTermo / Getty Images

Beltane, or May Day, is a Sabbat that honors the fertility of the earth and the greening of the land. It's a time to celebrate fire and lustiness, so incorporate these themes into your Sabbat celebration's menu. Try serving fiery green beans, candied flower petals, Scottish bannocks, fertility bread, or always-popular Green Man cake.

Litha Cooking

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Herbal tea with sprigs of lemon balm and fennel. Steve Gorton / Getty Images

Litha, the summer solstice, is the longest day of the year, and it's a time to delve into our gardens and reap the benefits of the midsummer bounty! Take advantage of the sunny evenings, and put together a table of fiery grilled salmon, delicious vegetables, fresh fruit fennel salad, and a nice cold pitcher of lemon balm tea.

Lammas/Lughnasadh Recipes

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Lammas or Lughnasadh is the celebration of the early harvest, and it's a time to honor the spirit of the grain fields. Why not incorporate some seasonal themes into your Sabbat menu? Put together dishes that celebrate the harvest -- try some basil pesto fresh from the garden, blackberry cobbler, Lammas bread, and roasted garlic corn.

Mabon Cooking Ideas

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Mabon, or the autumn equinox, is a time to celebrate the abundance of the harvest and the bounty of the earth. Bring those themes to your Sabbat dinner table, and try some of these seasonal dishes: crockpot apple butter with Dark Mother bread, a Ren-Faire style turkey leg, and deliciously stuffed grape leaves.

Cakes and Ale

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The Wiccan ritual known as Cakes and Ale is often celebrated as a way of thanking the gods for their blessings. Cakes are usually just cookies prepared in the shape of crescent moons, and the ale can be alcoholic or it can be apple cider, juice, or even water. Use this simple recipe to prepare Cakes and Ale for your own rituals.

Pagan Meal Blessings

Many Pagans choose to offer a blessing before a meal. If you and your family or friends would like to do this, you can use one of our many Pagan meal blessings as a way of beginning a celebratory feast. No matter how you're celebrating, it's always worth taking a moment to express our gratitude!

Kitchen Witchcraft

There's an ever-increasing part of the Pagan community that practices kitchen magic -- this is an eclectic tradition that focuses on the hearth and home as the center of magical tradition -- and specifically, the kitchen. Learn about how kitchen witches incorporate meal planning, recipes, and food consumption into their magical practice each day, as well as tips to make your kitchen a magical place.

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Wigington, Patti. "Pagan Sabbat Cooking." Learn Religions, Aug. 2, 2021, Wigington, Patti. (2021, August 2). Pagan Sabbat Cooking. Retrieved from Wigington, Patti. "Pagan Sabbat Cooking." Learn Religions. (accessed April 1, 2023).