The Best Matzo Recipes for Passover (2024)

Spring is one of the busiest times on my blog because people around the world are looking for matzo recipes for Passover. Here are some of my favorites in one handy page plus everything you wanted to know about matzo but were afraid to ask!

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What is matzo?

Matzo - also spelled matzah or matzoh - is essentially Jewish flatbread. Crispy and cracker-like, matzo serves as the symbolic centerpiece of Passover. During Passover we tell the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt after escaping the cruel slavery of the ruling Pharaoh.

Why eat matzo on Passover?

In their haste to leave, the Jews didn’t have time to let their bread rise and Jewish unleavened bread or matzo was born. Sometimes called the bread of affliction, matzo symbolizes the suffering of the slaves and their subsequent rush to freedom.

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This unleavened cracker comes in many forms

The basic matzo is flour and water and a touch of salt. Around Passover, you will usually see egg matzos – which have more color and are a bit less crunchy and dry than regular matzo. Often, unsalted matzo, whole wheat matzo, gluten-free matzo and even onion-flavored matzo is available around the Pesach (Passover) season. But for your Seder table, be sure to stock up on plain kosher for Passover matzo.

Other ways to use matzo during Passover

Since traditional flour is forbidden during Passover, if you are following the dietary rules of the holiday, matzo stands in in many forms - matzo farfel, matzo meal, and matzo cake meal.

  • Matzo Farfel: Matzo farfel is just a board of matzo broken up into little pieces and is ideal for making kugels. Want to see how it's used? Check out my apple kugel or apricot apple kugel recipes. You can make matzo farfel yourself by putting boards of matzo into a ziploc bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin. Or you can buy farfel online or where you buy your Passover products.
  • Matzo Meal: If you put the broken pieces in a food processor and grind it up finer, then you have matzo meal. Yes, you can buy matzo meal in a box or can online or at the store. Essentially the consistency of fine bread crumbs, matzo meal is used in matzo balls, potato pancakes, some dessert recipes, and as a breading, just to name a few possibilities.
  • Matzo Cake Meal is even more finely ground and is often used as a substitute for flour in baked goods. In my book, the Essential Jewish baking cookbook, for example, I use a combination of potato starch and matzo cake meal in my sponge cake. Either grind your matzo very fine in your food processor or again, you can buy matzo cake meal online or in your favorite Passover products store.
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Where can you buy matzo?

While you can find matzo in most grocery stores year-round, matzo for Passover has been blessed by a rabbi and is therefore officially kosher for Passover. Be sure to read the box before you buy it if "official kosher for Passover matzo" is important to you. Most grocery stores will carry an extra stock of Pesach foods including matzo as the Passover season approaches or you can order kosher for Passover matzo online.

The great matzo ball recipe debate

One of the most popular dishes during Passover is matzo ball soup. One contentious issue that garners great debate all over the Internet and at many Passover seders is whether you prefer matzo balls that float or sink. We prefer floaters -- lighter but still with a bite. So I developed this recipe for matzo ball soup - including how to make lighter matzo balls and homemade chicken stock. We make our balls with matzo meal, eggs, some kind of fat (schmaltz or oil), and a little seltzer, parsley for color, and salt and pepper.

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Matzo brei - another Passover favorite

Matzo brei is usually a breakfast food or snack food made from broken pieces of matzo, usually bigger than farfel size. First soaked in water or possibly milk, the matzo is then scrambled with eggs and finished with cinnamon sugar. Or if savory is your thing, sautéed onions are added to the mix.

What is schmura matzo?

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Beyond the standard kosher for Passover matzo available during the holiday season, schmura matzo is an even more strictly guarded preparation. The matzo-making is guarded from field to factory to ensure no water comes in contact with the wheat. Water could begin the fermenting process which creates “hametz” or the leavened part of wheat bread.

Schmura matzo is often round and considerably more expensive than standard square matzo boards. Check out this informational matzo video showing exactly how this matzo is made!

Matzo Recipes for Passover

Here are all of my matzo-based recipes. Whether you prefer a traditional passover meal or an updated variation, these recipes will help you create a seder menu, bring a dish to another host’s home, or just feed your family throughout the 7 (or 8) days of Passover.

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How to Make Homemade Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup - the quintessential Passover dish and year-round comfort food. Find a recipe for fluffy matzo balls and homemade chicken stock.

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Bubbe’s Bubula - Recreating my Grandma's Puffy Matzo Meal Pancake

You’ll love the light fluffy result of this simple Passover recipe staple. Make this matzo meal pancake your own by pan frying in butter or olive oil or coconut oil and experimenting with toppings.

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Cheese Latkes: Crispy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cheese latkes or cottage cheese pancakes are the pancake you may not have known you want! High protein, a great way to use up matzo meal and so easy, crispy, comforting and delicious.

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Fresh Fruit Compote for your Matzo Meal Pancake!

Not a matzo recipe exactly, but so yummy with a matzo meal pancake and for so many other meals on Passover, I just had to include it!

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Apple Matzo Farfel Kugel

One of the most popular posts on my blog, this matzo farfel kugel recipe will put you on the road to kugel mastery.

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Apple Matzo Kugel with Apricots and a Crisp Topping

This version is inspired by a recipe a reader sent to me. It offers some lightened up options if you are feeling overwhelmed by the number of eggs in your Passover preparations.

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Savory Matzo Farfel Kugel for Passover

Savory Matzo Farfel Kugel is the perfect addition to your Passover and Seder menu. Easily prepared ahead and reheated, this lightened up version is moist on the inside with a crispy, crunchy top.

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Potato Kugel - Passover Tradition with a Twist

Potato Kugel is a perfect side dish for your Passover seder. This crispy kugel uses carrots, parsley, and some dried herbs to brighten and lighten it up. All the best of the traditional dish with some tasty twists.

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The Best Latke Recipe

Who says latkes are only for Hanukkah? Made with matzo meal and very Passover friendly - why not treat yourself!

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Chocolate-covered Matzo with Toasted Nuts and Sea Salt

This classic recipe originally created by Marcy Goldman inA Treasury of Jewish Holiday Bakingoffers new toppings and slight changes to the ingredient amounts. Simple to make ahead and refrigerate or freeze and adaptable to different dietary restrictions or flavor profiles.

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Matzo Granola for Passover or Anytime!

Matzo granola is such a fun addition to your Pesach menu or a great way to use up that last box of matzo lingering when the holiday is over. Eat as a snack or breakfast or dessert topping - kids from 2 - 102 will love it!

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FAQs

What is the difference between matzo and matzah? ›

Matzo reflects common Ashkenazi pronunciation (which dominated in English speaking countries in past centuries) but is not entirely accurate since it drops the “h” from the end. Matzah, on the other hand, retains the “h” and can be read accurately and easily by both Ashkenazim and Sephardim.

What is the best matzah? ›

Yehuda Matzos

If you're the kind of Jew who likes their matzo to come straight from the source, then Yehuda is the droid you're looking for. Baked in Jerusalem the Holy City (as it's known on the Yehuda website) since 1949, Yehuda matzo displays so much char that it resembles a Southern blot.

Is homemade matzo kosher for Passover? ›

Matzah requires only two ingredients - flour and water. But for matzah to be kosher for Passover, you'll need special flour, as well as utensils and equipment suitable for Passover baking.

Why is Streit's matzo not for Passover? ›

During Passover, Jews are not allowed to eat leavened bread, so the dough must be baked within 18 minutes before it has had time to rise. If the dough sits for longer than this, it is considered chametz – no longer kosher for Passover – and must be discarded.

Is matzah healthier than bread? ›

An advantage that matzo has over most breads is its low salt (sodium) content. However, comes in very low in the fibre department as well as having a high GI (similar to white bread). In summary, matzah doesn't stand up nutritionally to the higher quality breads.

Why is matzo so expensive? ›

The extra level of scrutiny — and the labor-intensive process required to make handcrafted matzah — is largely what accounts for its high price: anywhere from $20 to $60 for a single pound.

When should I stop eating matzah? ›

Although the restriction of not eating Matzah 30 days before Pesach applies strictly to kosher for Passover Matzah, the common custom is not to eat Chometz Matzah too. …

When should I stop eating matzah before Passover? ›

It is customary to avoid eating Matzah from thirty days before Passover1.

Is matzah hard to digest? ›

Matzah is also very binding, which can often lead to constipation and discomfort. Increasing our water intake throughout Passover will help you avoid this unwanted side effect and get you into a healthy habit of drinking lots of water, which will be good practice ahead of the summer months.

What is a substitute for matzo meal for Passover? ›

Matzo Meal Substitutes

One acceptable substitute is almond flour. During any other time of year, crushed crackers such as saltines or oyster crackers and any breadcrumbs, including panko, can be used.

What is the hidden matzo in the Passover? ›

They break the matzo in two, returning the smaller piece to the stack and putting aside the larger piece to be eaten later during Tzafun ("Hidden", the twelfth part of the Seder, which immediately follows the main meal). This is the afikoman, which is wrapped in a napkin before being hidden.

What ingredients to avoid for Passover? ›

According to the Torah, we are supposed to eat matzo and abstain from eating wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and oats for the eight days of Passover. The category of foods called kitniyot (corn, rice, and beans) have also been off limits for many Ashkenazi families.

What are the five forbidden foods on Passover? ›

The tradition goes back to the 13th century, when custom dictated a prohibition against wheat, barley, oats, rice, rye and spelt, Rabbi Amy Levin said on NPR in 2016.

What is the hidden middle matzo during a Seder? ›

What Is the Afikomen? At the seder table, three matzahs are placed in a stack. Near the beginning of the seder, the middle matzah is broken in two pieces, and the larger piece of this matzah is called the afikomen.

Is oatmeal kosher for Passover? ›

Along with wheat, barley, rye and spelt, oats are one of the “five grains,” which can become chametz when brought into contact with water. On Passover, it is forbidden to eat or even own chametz. Oatmeal (and most other oat products) is therefore not kosher for Passover.

Is matzo meal the same as matzah flour? ›

Matzo meal is made by grinding matzo, a traditional Jewish unleavened bread that's also known as matzah or matzoh. Matzo bread is made by mixing flour and water, rolling it out thin, then baking it in an extremely hot oven. It can be soft and pliable, or cracker crisp.

Why is matzo ok for Passover? ›

Matzo represents the unleavened bread the Jews ate while fleeing Egypt. Nothing says Passover like a good bowl of matzo ball soup.

Why do Jews eat matzo during Passover? ›

Matzah symbolizes redemption and freedom, but it is also called lechem oni, "poor man's bread". Thus it serves as a reminder to be humble, and to not forget what life was like in servitude.

Is matzo ok for Passover? ›

Matzah is a crisp, flat, unleavened bread, made of flour and water, which must be baked before the dough has had time to rise. It is the only type of “bread” which Jews may eat during Passover, and it must be made specifically for Passover use, under rabbinical supervision.

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