Roasting in Halachah generally refers to dry heat, such as broiling and barbequing. But with respect to Minhagim, such as not eating roasted meat (or poultry) at the Seder, do we follow the same guidelines? Are we less strict (like, do we say broiling in an oven doesn't really count because there's no flame)? Are we more strict (like, do we say a pot roast is a roast)?

What about the standard "roasting pan", which has some liquid, and which is basted at regular intervals throughout the "roasting" process?

  • By "roasting pan", do you mean one with a partially raised bottom so that the food isn't sitting in liquid? If so, you may wish to describe it more fully in the question. And a source for your first sentence would be nice. But +1.
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 15:27
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    @msh210, I think our roasting pan has raised bumps at the bottom, but the meat definitely sits in its own juices once they start coming out of the meat. I'll try to find a source to link to if I can.
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 15:38
  • Shouldn't the rule be the same as what was required/forbidden for the Korban Pesach, and not based on whatever English connotations those various words have?
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 16:17
  • @DoubleAA, so... only on a spit?
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 16:59
  • @SethJ At first I'd say yes, but perhaps the custom is to avoid all roasting not just fire-roasting as is required for pesach. So dry roasting on a material should be included as well. Compare the language of the Rambam in Hilchot Korban Pesach 8:11-12
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 17:07

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The Magen Avraham (476:1), cited by Shulchan Aruch Harav (:4) and Mishna Berura (:1) writes that even "צלי קדר" (roasting in a pot with no other liquid besides it's own juice) is forbidden. Although the Korban Pesach was required to be "צלי אש" - roasted directly on the fire, even roasting in a dish on the Seder night is forbidden due to maaris ayin (concern what others might think). The Shu"t Pnei Melvin (Simon 123, cited by Nitey Gavriel vol. 2 96:3) extends this to frying as well, based on the opinion of Pri Megadim who equates frying to roasting in other contexts.


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