Start your New Year off on the right foot by whipping up some lucky food recipes for your New Year’s Day feast. These traditional New Year’s foods for good luck have long been associated all over the world to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year. 

I have created a list of New Year’s food for good luck that will be sure-fire winners to start your year.

new years eve recipes for beans, collards and pork


United States New Year’s Day Good Luck Traditional Recipes

Americans enjoy filling their tables with yummy recipes that will roll in the good luck at the beginning of each new year.

South

The southern United States prides itself on down-home cooking to bring good luck throughout the year. The New Year food traditions fill tables with black-eyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread. 

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas
Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas ~ Dried beans slow simmered in a seasoned and savory broth. Serve over rice for a simple dinner or with greens and cornbread for good luck on New Year’s Day!
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New Year’s Black-eyed Pea Hummus
Black Eyed Pea Hummus is where the south meets traditional hummus with a twist in this delicious, slightly nutty flavored dip.
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Black Eyed Peas Recipe (with Ham)
This Black Eyed Peas recipe is full of flavor. Black Eyed Peas are great served over rice alongside collard greens with a big slice of Homemade Cornbread.
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Southern Keto Collard Greens Recipe
Southern Keto Collard greens recipe on a plate with spoons
This Southern Collard Greens Recipe has a hint of maple sweetness and a punch of apple cider vinegar sourness that makes this recipe a yummy vegan way to enjoy fresh collard greens. It's a perfect down-home southern side dish. That first bite will take you back to grandma's family table and you're going to be surprised that you don't need bacon fat or ham hocks to make great-tasting collard greens!
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Southern Collard Greens with Bacon
Southern Collard Greens with Bacon is a delicious side dish that’s loaded with smoky flavor. Learn how to make perfectly seasoned greens like a real
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Collard Greens Rice
Easy recipe for Creole-spiced rice studded with collard greens, onions, bell peppers, and garlic!
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Midwest

Why Eating Cabbage Rolls is Lucky on New Year’s
Cabbage rolls are a traditional Midwest dish that represents prosperity and wealth. Tender cabbage leaves are stuffed with a flavorful mixture of ground meat, rice, and seasonings, and then simmered in a savory tomato sauce. These delicious rolls are often served with a side of mashed potatoes.
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Pennsylvania Dutch

The Pennsylvania Dutch have a rich culinary heritage, and when it comes to celebrating New Year’s. One classic Pennsylvania Dutch New Year’s food is pork. Symbolizing progress and wealth, pork is often enjoyed in the form of a savory roast or pork sausages. The idea behind this tradition is that pigs move forward, rooting ahead with their snouts, which is seen as a symbol of progress and the ability to move forward in the coming year.

Super Easy 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pork Roast Recipe
Featured in PopSugar, this Pork Roast Recipe with Beer & Sauerkraut uses only 3 ingredients in a crockpot. The perfect winter dinner.
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New England

Cabbage, with its leafy green layers, represents wealth and prosperity in numerous cultures. In New England, steamed cabbage takes a prominent place on the New Year’s menu. Served alongside tender slices of ham or corned beef, this humble vegetable is believed to bring good luck and a bountiful year ahead. With its vibrant color and crisp texture, steamed cabbage adds a refreshing element to the hearty New Year’s spread.

Roasted Cabbage in the oven with Dried Cherries
Slice up a couple of cabbage wedges and season them for a perfect roast cabbage recipe, a light side dish for dinner.
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Roasted Cabbage in the oven with Dried Cherries

Classic New England Clam Chowder: New Englanders have a long-standing tradition of eating fish and seafood for good luck in the new year. This custom stems from the region’s strong connection to the sea and the belief that consuming fish promotes progress and abundance.

Rich and Creamy Instant Pot Clam Chowder Recipe
clam chowder in a bowl with crackers and bacon on top
You can make this rich creamy Instant Pot clam chowder recipe in about 30 minutes. This recipe makes a comforting warm chowder that is full of tender potatoes, carrots, and celery, and loaded with sweet pieces of clams.
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New Year’s Good Luck Food Traditions Around The World

Korean

Homemade Mandu (Korean Dumplings)
In Korea, homemade mandu is a must-have for the Lunar New Year. These dumplings, filled with tasty meat and veggies, offer a bite full of satisfaction. But don’t just save mandu for the New Year—they’re perfect for any day. Making mandu is a fun activity to do with your loved ones, turning an ordinary day into something special. So, gather your family and friends, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making and eating mandu whenever you fancy.
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Japan

Toshikoshi Soba is a tradition in Japan where people eat long buckwheat noodles on New Year’s Eve for good luck and longevity. It symbolizes letting go of the past year and preparing for a fresh start. The noodles represent a wish for a long and prosperous life. It is often served in a flavorful broth with toppings like green onions and tempura. This tradition brings families together and fosters unity and shared aspirations for the upcoming year.

Toshikoshi Soba (New Year’s Eve Soba Noodle Soup) 年越しそば
Cross over into the New Year with a hot bowl of Toshikoshi Soba Noodle Soup to melt away the hardship of the past year and welcome the journey ahead.
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China

Fortune Cookies Recipe (+FREE PRINTABLE FORTUNES!)
Start your New Years Eve off to a good start. Learn how to make this fortune cookies recipe the EASY WAY! We include FREE Printable fortunes to include with your cookies!
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Spain

In Spain, there is a delightful tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. This tradition, known as “Las doce uvas de la suerte” (The twelve lucky grapes), is practiced by many Spaniards to ring in the New Year with good luck and prosperity.

The origin of this tradition dates back to the early 20th century in Spain. It is said that grape growers in the region of Alicante faced a surplus of grapes one year and came up with the idea to promote their product by encouraging people to eat grapes as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. The idea caught on quickly, and it has since become a cherished tradition across the country.

Italy

The tradition of consuming lentils on New Year’s Day in Italy has a fascinating history that dates back centuries. The origin of this tradition can be traced to ancient times when lentils were seen as a symbol of abundance and fertility. In ancient Rome, it was believed that the shape of the lentil resembled coins, signifying wealth and prosperity. As such, eating lentils on New Year’s Day became a way to invite financial success and good fortune into the coming year.

Italian Lentil Soup (Zuppa di Lenticchie)
Easy Italian Lentil Soup (Zuppa di Lenticchie) is hearty and nourishing. With protein-rich lentils, traditional Italian herbs and vegetables.
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Cotechino with Lentils for a Prosperous New Year!
Cotechino con lenticchie is an Italian tradition for New Year’s Eve. Lentils are said to bring wealth.
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Mushroom Lentil Risotto
Eat your lentil's for the new year. This Vegan High Protein Mushroom Lentil Risotto is a high protein and vegan version of your typical risotto.
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Germany

Germans love their pork and sauerkraut to ring in the new year! In terms of the superstition surrounding this tradition, there are a few theories. One belief is that the fatty nature of pork symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Pigs were seen as a symbol of good fortune and abundance due to their ability to forage for food and fatten themselves easily. By consuming pork on New Year’s Day, Germans hoped to attract good luck for the coming year.

Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe
New year's eve pork and sauerkraut on black plate
Start the New Year off with this delicious, easy-to-make New Year's Eve pork and sauerkraut recipe. The recipe makes a slightly sweet juicy pork roast with a hint of savory tang from the sauerkraut and caraway seasoning. You can make it in the oven, Instant Pot, or slow cooker, so you don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen on New years.
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As for sauerkraut, its association with long life and wisdom can be traced back to ancient times. The fermentation process extends the shelf life of cabbage, making it a reliable source of nutrition during the winter months. It was believed that by consuming sauerkraut, one would gain strength and vitality, leading to a long and life.

How to Make Homemade Sauerkraut
Delightfully sour and crunchy, Homemade Sauerkraut is easy to make and so much better than the stuff you’ll get at the grocery store. Learn how to make sauerkraut at home with this easy recipe and enjoy it with your favorite beer-braised brats and mashed potatoes.
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Over time, these individual food traditions merged together to form the popular German custom of eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. Today, this tradition continues to be embraced and celebrated by many Germans as they gather with family and friends, enjoying a delicious meal that symbolizes prosperity and blessings for the year ahead.

Vietnamese

Hanoi Fried Spring Rolls – Nem Rán ( Crispy)
Ring in the New Year with our Nem Rán recipe and enjoy the perfect blend of crispy texture and delicious fillings
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Philippines

Filipino Pancit Bihon
Filipino Pancit Bihon is a popular traditional Filipino recipe that’s family-friendly, feeds a crowd, and is perfect for meal planning! Get the full recipe + meal prep tips at UrbanBlissLife.com
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Greece

Vasilopita is a special New Year’s Day bread or cake with a hidden coin inside, symbolizing good luck for the year. This cherished tradition brings families together to share in the excitement of finding the coin. Named after Saint Basil, the patron saint of Greece, the Vasilopita embodies generosity and giving. The preparation involves fragrant ingredients and careful hiding of the coin. Served as the centerpiece of the New Year’s Day feast, each slice holds the anticipation of discovering the lucky coin. This tradition is not only celebrated in Greece but also in various cultures worldwide. Experience the joy, unity, and hope that Vasilopita brings as we embrace the blessings of a new year.

Vasilopita (Greek New Year’s Bread)
Vasilopita, or Greek New Year’s Bread, is a sweet yeasted egg bread scented with orange and traditionally served on New Year’s day. A coin is hidden inside and whoever gets it has good luck for the year.
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Mexico

The tradition of eating tamales during New Year’s in Mexico has a rich history. Tamales have been a sacred food since ancient times and are believed to bring luck and prosperity. Families gather to prepare tamales together, and enjoying them on New Year’s Eve symbolizes a positive start to the year. It’s a cherished tradition that fosters togetherness and blessings for the coming year.

Authentic Mexican Tamales
Learn how to make tamales at home with these simple step-by-step instructions! These authentic Mexican tamales are filled with red chili pork.
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Authentic Mexican Tamales

Denmark

The Kransekage is a traditional Danish cake associated with New Year’s Eve, believed to bring good luck. It consists of concentric rings of almond-based dough, baked to create a tower-like structure. The cake is moist and chewy, with a slightly crispy outer layer. It is decorated with icing and symbols of celebration. Eating Kransekage symbolizes bidding farewell to the old year and welcoming the new one with hope and good fortune. It is a beloved treat in Danish culture for special occasions and New Year’s traditions.
 

Kransekage (Marzipan Wreath Cake)
This cake is made of stacked rings of baked marzipan. With a delicious sweet, almond flavor, it is perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration!
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Happy New Year!