Matzo Brei

Matzo brei (rhymes with "fry") is eaten for breakfast during Passover. Matzo represents the unleavened flatbread Jewish people ate while fleeing Egypt and it is consumed during the Passover celebration to honor their ancestors. Matzo brei can be sweet or savory, and this recipe is a good base to start with. Look in the recipe notes for variations.

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  • 5 sheets matzo
  • 1 large shallot or one medium onion
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus more for seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil


  1. Break the matzo into 2-inch chunks and place in colander. Place colander in sink and moisten with cold water until barely soaked through but not falling apart. Drain well and let stand.
  2. Meanwhile, into a large bowl, coarsely grate the shallot (or mince it finely with a knife). Add the eggs and salt and beat well. Season with pepper and beat to combine. Add matzo pieces to bowl and gently toss until well coated.
  3. In a skillet, heat the butter on medium until melted and foaming. Add matzo and egg mixture. Cook 2–3 minutes, until egg is mostly set, stirring often. Season with salt to taste.

Recipe Tips

Mushroom Brei: add 1 cup sliced mushrooms to the butter and cook for about 5 minutes before adding egg mixture

Herby Brei: After cooking egg mixture stir in fresh herbs of choice. Try: 1 tablespoon minced chives and 1 tablespoon chopped dill, or 2 tablespoons chopped basil, or 2 tablespoons parsley

Sweet Brei: After cooking egg mixture, 1 tablespoon brown or white sugar, or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Some people like to serve applesauce on the side!


Nutrition Facts
Matzo Brei
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 248mg 83%
Sodium 268mg 11%
Potassium 143mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 1%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium 3%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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