Our 22 Best Passover Seder Recipes
Here are our favorite recipes for Passover seders. You'll find traditional and modern takes on Jewish holiday dishes, including matzo ball soup, brisket, gefilte fish, and more.
One of the oldest holidays, Passover is also among the most sacred in the Jewish community. The weeklong event involves many important rituals, but none is as celebrated as the traditional Passover meal, known as the seder (from the Hebrew word for "order"), which is centered on several symbolic foods. Passover is a celebration of the story of the Israelites' departure from ancient Egypt, and the very first references to the holiday appear in the Hebrew Bible's books of Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Exodus, among others. During the journey, it is said that the Israelites fled from Egypt and didn't have time to allow for bread to actually rise—which is why matzo, an unleavened flatbread, has become a staple of the Passover holiday.
When you're preparing a seder, you'll need to swap leavened bread for matzo and follow customary kosher guidelines. But these dietary guidelines don't mean making sacrifices in terms of flavor, as the recipes in this collection show. Other staples of Passover include haroset, a mixture of apples or other fruit together with nuts, and spices usually served as a condiment. Its texture evokes the bricks and mortar used by the Israelites and the dish signifies both the hardships of slavery and the sweetness of liberation. Another essential element of the seder table is the bitter herb which symbolizes the bitterness of slavery on the seder plate. In the Sephardic (or Mediterranean) Jewish tradition, the bitter herb can also be an assertive leaf like dandelion greens, perhaps served as a salad. And there's a sweet ending to the seder, courtesy of unleavened cakes and other Passover desserts.
Here, we're sharing our favorite Passover recipes, and they're sure to make for delicious, memorable seders with your loved ones.
Herb-Coated Beef Tenderloin with Roasted-Garlic Aioli
Our herb-coated beef tenderloin is the easy, delicious Passover entrée your seder needs. It's served with a make-ahead creamy garlic aioli that takes next to no time to make.
Dandelion, Red Onion, and Walnut Salad
For a five-minute passover side, brush matzo with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper as well as sumac and thyme. Simply bake till warmed through and serve.
Salmon and Cod Gefilte Fish
Haroset-Braised Short Ribs
Matzo-Ball Soup with Leeks
Potato Kugel Gratin
Bibb Lettuce Salad with Horseradish Dressing
Who knew the classic French spread would be perfect for seder? Our take speeds up the process by using store-bought hot-smoked salmon. Simply pulse in the food processor with sautéed onions, fresh dill, mayo, mustard, and lemon juice and zest, then serve.
Meyer Lemon Brisket with Pomegranate Gremolata
Potato, Parsnip, and Herb-Oil Puree
Arugula Salad with Radishes and Caper Vinaigrette
Herb Relish (Schug) and Matzo
Although the bitter herb at the seder table—meant to symbolize the bitterness of slavery—is often horseradish or romaine lettuce, in the Sephardic (or Mediterranean) Jewish tradition, it can also be an assertive green, one with bite. That's why we've included an herb relish made with parsley and cilantro, as well as a salad composed of escarole, radicchio, and frisée, served with matzo.
Haroset-Stuffed Hens with Gravy and Sweet Potatoes
A mixture of apples or other fruit, nuts, and spices, haroset signifies both the hardships of slavery (its texture evokes the bricks and mortar used by the Israelites) and the sweetness of liberation. While it’s commonly served as a condiment (much like chutney), here we use it to flavor the stuffing tucked into the Cornish hens.
Wilted Dandelion Greens with Toasted Matzo Crumbles
Another recipe inspired by the "bitter herb" on the traditional seder plate, this salad calls for dandelion greens which are at their peak during Passover. Sweet golden raisins, toasted matzo crumbles, and a warm mustard vinaigrette complete the dish.
Matzo Spinach Lasagna
Matzo stands in for the noodles in this unleavened lasagna. Parmesan, lemon zest, and nutmeg perk up the ricotta filling, while fresh lemon juice peps up the frozen spinach. The resulting layers are spectacular.
Braised Brisket with Carrots, Garlic, and Parsnips
Matzo meal helps bind these zucchini and potato cakes together. Parmesan, fresh parsley and dill, lemon juice, and garlic give them tons of flavor.
This delicious stew—appropriately named tzimmes (Yiddish slang for "a big fuss")—is a Passover tradition. Our version gets its dulcet flavor from sweet potatoes, dried apricots, and prunes.
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