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Matzo Brei

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

Matzo brei (pronounced like fry) is one of the few dishes from my childhood I'll never outgrow. The dampened shards of matzo mixed with eggs and milk and then cooked in butter will never go out of style. I like to serve this matzo brei recipe in one big piece, but you can also scramble the mixture. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Matzo Brei Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package unsalted matzo crackers (10 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Maple syrup, optional

Directions

  1. Coarsely crumble matzo crackers into a fine mesh sieve set over a large bowl; reserve crumbs in bowl. Place sieve under cold running water until matzo is softened, about 15 seconds; drain. Stir softened matzo, eggs, milk, crumbs and salt until combined.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add half of the matzo mixture. Cook, without stirring, until bottom is golden brown, 3-4 minutes; flip. Cook until bottom is golden brown and eggs are cooked through, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to platter. Repeat with remaining butter and matzo mixture. Serve hot with maple syrup if desired.

Matzo Brei Tips

What kind of matzo should you use for matzo brei?

Most types of matzo are just fine for matzo brei—except egg matzo, which is softer and will fall apart. Our recipe uses unsalted matzo, but you could use salted matzo as well. Just keep in mind that you may want to use a little less salt later on to make up the difference.

Should matzo brei be sweet or savory?

Matzo brei can be sweet or savory—whichever you prefer. To start your day with a sweet meal, add cinnamon and sugar to the egg mixture instead of salt. Serve with applesauce, jam or other fruits in addition to maple syrup. For savory matzo brei, mix in onions, peppers, and garlic to the egg and matzo mixture. Skip the maple syrup, top it with green onions and serve with sour cream. You can get creative!

When do you serve matzo brei?

Matzo brei is a common matzo recipe for Passover, though you can eat it year-round. Regardless of the time of year, it's most typically eaten for breakfast. However, if you’re more of a breakfast-for-dinner person, matzo brei isn’t off the table! Learn more about Passover traditions from around the world.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 296 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 210mg cholesterol, 319mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein.

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