Gribenes or Grieven (Yiddish: גריבענעס, ['gɾibənəs], "scraps") are crisp chicken or goose skin cracklings with fried onions, a kosher food somewhat similar to pork rinds. Gribenes are a byproduct of scmaltz preparation. [1]

A favored food among Ashkenazi Jews, gribenes is frequently mentioned in Jewish stories and parables. Many Jews believe "that there is no flavor comparable with the tawny and well-watched scraps."[citation needed]

This food is often associated with the Jewish holidays Hanukkah and Shabbat.[citation needed] Gribenes is also associated with Passover, as large amounts of schmaltz with its resulting gribenes were traditionally used in Passover recipes.

Gribenes can be eaten as a snack, typically on rye or pumpernickel bread with salt, or used in recipes such as chopped liver.

The word gribenes seems to be related to Griebe (plural Grieben) in various German dialects (from Old High German griobo via Middle High German griebe), where Griebenschmalz is lard from which the cracklings have not been removed.


  1. Claudia Roden, The Book of Jewish Food, Penguin Books, 1999, p. 56