I've seen many people eat fish in addition to eating meat during a Shabbat meal. (See this for the origin of the fish minhag.)

Almost every place I have attended as a guest (both Ashkenazim and Sefardim) tend to eat the fish before the meat.

Is there any minhag or halacha that mentions this as being the preferred order?

  • Appetizers come before the main course ;)
    – robev
    Jan 28, 2019 at 19:13
  • Possibly bc meat is more likely to get stuck in your teeth?
    – Dude
    Jan 28, 2019 at 19:34
  • @robev "appetizer" is a relative term when it comes to most Shabbat meals. The same fried flounder that I eat on Wednesday as a main course becomes an "appetizer" only because I eat a bigger meal on Shabbat. I've seen people have stuffed cabbage as appetizer followed by bronzini for main course.
    – DanF
    Jan 28, 2019 at 20:59


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