Jewish Recipes

Find traditional Jewish recipes such as challah, kugel, latkes, soups, matzo balls, brisket dishes and more ideas, both for holidays and everyday cooking.

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Our Favorite Passover Seder Recipes

We're sharing both traditional and modern takes on Jewish holiday dishes. Our best Passover recipes include matzo ball soup, brisket, gefilte fish, crisp salads, and more.

Sweet-and-Sour Brisket

When Sarah Carey, our editorial director of food and entertaining, was a kid, holiday visits to her grandparents' house often included her grandma's sweet-and-sour version of classic beef brisket. She recreated it from memory, one bite at a time, using three key ingredients: Chili sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar.

Noodle Pudding

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This baked pudding is also called kugel. It's made with noodles and often eaten during Jewish holidays. Serve it as a side dish with meat and vegetables.

Matzo Ball Soup for Passover

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Cooking the matzo balls in the chicken stock may make the soup a bit cloudy, but they will soak up flavor from the rich broth. If you desire a clearer soup, it's easy to strain out the cooked matzo balls and vegetables, and heat them in the remaining chicken stock. For a quicker version for your seder, use store-bought broth in place of homemade and olive oil in place of chicken fat in the matzo balls.


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Tzimmes is a traditional stew for Passover, made from a combination of sweet potatoes and dried fruit. This crowd-pleasing side dish is easy to make so be sure to have enough on hand. 

Roasted Apples

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Roasted apples recall homemade applesauce but don't require a turn through a food mill.

Instant Pot Brisket

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Cozy up to homemade brisket in no time with this recipe that uses the pressure cooking function on your multicooker. With tender slices of brisket, sweet sautéed onions, and perfectly cooked carrots and potatoes, this delivers all of the favorite flavors of a traditional braise in half the time. 

Noodle Kugel

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Somewhat sweet and a bit savory, kugels can be served as side dish or a breakfast treat.

Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 104
For a hearty lunch or dinner, make this Passover holiday classic with a twist—no meat!—with this family lunch or dinner recipe from Jonathan Safran Foer, author of "New American Haggadah."

Grated Potato Pancakes

Rating: 4 stars 32
It is important to wring all excess moisture from potatoes to ensure a crisp pancake. If you are uncomfortable flipping the pancake, you may invert it onto a plate, and slide it back into the pan after adding the remaining oil.

Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears

Rating: 3.5 stars 173
This moist cake -- inspired by the Rosh Hashanah traditions of eating honey cake and honey-dipped fruit to represent hope for a sweet year ahead -- is made luscious with a warm topping of pears in a honey syrup. A generous dollop of cold whipped cream is the perfect complement.

Apple-Honey Challah

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Apples and honey, Rosh Hashanah's symbols of a sweet new year, are perfect additions to a loaf of challah.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Braised Brisket
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Meltingly tender brisket is the centerpiece of a family-friendly meal; leftovers make a tasty pasta ragu. If you plan to make Linguine with Beef and Onions, reserve eight ounces of sliced cooked brisket; refrigerate in a covered container until ready to use.