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30 Best Traditional Passover Foods for Seder and Beyond

How is this holiday different from all other holidays? Find out here!

matzoh ball soup with crackers and wine
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The weather is getting warmer and spring flowers are finally in bloom! For some, that means it’s time for Passover. This Jewish holiday is typically known for having a lot of dietary restrictions, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on flavor. There are some truly tasty traditional Passover food dishes worth exploring—from crowd-pleasing brisket and coconut macaroons to easy potato dishes and quinoa recipes. If you’ve never been to a Passover seder or you’re hosting one for the first time, you might be wondering how to organize a seder and what foods do you eat (or not eat)? While the rules during Passover can vary for every household, some Passover traditions are a must (we’re looking at you, matzo ball soup).

But first, what is Passover? Passover is celebrated to honor the departure and freedom of the Jews from ancient Egypt. The date can change every year, but it typically starts in spring and lasts for seven or eight days. In 2021, Passover goes from the evening of Saturday, March 27, to the evening of Sunday, April 4. The seder is a festive dinner held on the first night of Passover (though some people also have one on the second night). It starts with songs and readings to tell the story of Passover, followed by a delicious meal. During the feast, a seder plate consisting of symbolic foods is placed on the table to represent different parts of the Passover story. It’s all about tradition and food.

Throughout the holiday, it’s customary to follow kosher guidelines and eliminate any grains that can be leavened from your diet (think: bread, bagels, and even pizza). As a result, traditional Passover foods, like matzo, are commonly eaten. If you’ve never had matzo before, we’d highly recommend trying it with cream cheese and jelly for breakfast. Whether you’re hosting a Passover seder or just looking for some new Passover-friendly recipes, these traditional Passover dishes will cover everything from main courses to flourless desserts. Just be sure to look for the kosher for Passover symbol on all your ingredients and keep in mind our tips for substitutions.

traditional passover food dishes braised beef brisket on pw wood cutting board with florals
Ralph Smith
1 of 30
Braised Beef Brisket

Brisket is a mainstay at most Passover and holiday tables. It’s cooked for many, many hours, but it's well worth the wait. The result: a tender, juicy meat.

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honey glazed carrots and parsnips on metal tray
Con Poulos
2 of 30
Honey-Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

These sweetened carrots are a bright and flavorful side for any holiday meal. To make them kosher for Passover, swap the butter for margarine that's certified kosher for passover.

SHOP SKILLETS

roast chicken matzo ball soup in blue bowl
Matt Taylor-Gross
3 of 30
Roast Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

On his quest to find the perfect matzo ball soup, and food writer Jake Cohen created this recipe with loads of chicken, vegetables, and herbs.

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traditional passover food dishes pot roast in blue bowl with mashed potatoes and carrots yellow checkered linen
Ralph Smith
4 of 30
Perfect Pot Roast

Here’s an alternative to brisket that’s just as good. It’s tender, flavorful, and perfect for Passover.

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traditional passover food dishes latkes on light yellow platter
Ralph Smith
5 of 30
Latkes

Latkes are typically associated with Hanukkah, but they make a great side dish on Passover too. Molly Yeh's version of the potato pancake is extra crispy around the edges. Just be sure to swap out the sour cream dip if you’re serving this with meat.

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traditional passover food dishes kale salad with salmon
Ralph Smith
6 of 30
Kale Salad with Salmon

Salmon is a healthy alternative for any one of the many nights of Passover, especially if you're serving an all-dairy meal. (Note: The goat cheese shouldn't be served if there's meat on the table).

SHOP PLATES

traditional passover food dishes oven roasted asparagus
The Pioneer Woman
7 of 30
Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Celebrate spring with this seasonal veggie. It’s super simple!

SHOP COOKWARE

quinoa and mushroom stuffed acorn squash
Ralph Smith
8 of 30
Quinoa and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

These edible bowls are great for a vegetarian seder. They’re stuffed with savory quinoa—which might seem like a grain—but it’s actually considered kosher for Passover.

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whole roasted chicken and veggies in skillet
© JOANNE OZUG | FIFTEEN SPATULAS
9 of 30
Roasted Chicken

A roast chicken is a great main course for Passover seder or any night of the week. Make it your own by using your family’s favorite veggies as the base.

SHOP MEAT THERMOMETERS

crash hot potatoes on sheet pan
Ralph Smith
10 of 30
Crash Hot Potatoes

Looking for another potato side dish (other than latkes)? These crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside crash hot potatoes are a lovely twist. Leave off the parmesan if serving with meat.

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sunrise fruit salad with oranges, pineapple and watermelon
Ralph Smith
11 of 30
Sunrise Fruit Salad

If you’re looking for a dessert you can serve at the Passover table, fruit salad is a great choice. This one is bright, sunny, and topped with shredded coconut (a nod to the traditional macaroon cookie).

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gefilte fish with carrot slices in a red baking dish
VEENA AZMANOV
12 of 30
Gefilte Fish

This classic Jewish appetizer can sometimes be controversial—if you’re wary, try a btcc交易所官网homemade version rather than the jarred gefilte fish. The rounded fish cakes are cooked in stock then served cold with a dollop of spicy horseradish.

Get the recipe at Veena Azmanov.

SHOP MEASURING SPOONS

btcc交易所官网homemade horseradish with beets in glass bowl
Panning the Globe
13 of 30
btcc交易所官网homemade Horseradish with Beets

Horseradish is traditionally used around Passover to accompany gefilte fish, matzo, or brisket. It’s strong—don’t say we didn’t warn you—and it may even clear your sinuses. But this beautiful hot pink condiment adds a delicious zing.

Get the recipe at Panning the Globe.

SHOP SERVING BOWLS

apple charoset chopped in white and blue bowl
Lexi's Clean Kitchen
14 of 30
Charoset

This apple-walnut mixture is traditionally made for the seder plate. It’s one of six symbolic foods on the plate, but it’s also just a tasty snack to eat piled on top of a piece of matzah. It’s made with cinnamon and wine and blended together to form a sweet relish.

Get the recipe at Lexi's Clean Kitchen.

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creamy spaghetti squash bake with basil in square baking dish
Spoon Fork Bacon
15 of 30
Creamy Spaghetti Squash Bake

A pasta alternative, like spaghetti squash, is perfect for the Passover table. This one has all the goodness of a cheesy, creamy sauce—without the cream or cheese!

Get the recipe at Spoon Fork Bacon.

SHOP BAKING DISHES

chocolate dipped coconut macaroons
Bunsen Burner Bakery
16 of 30
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

These gluten-free coconut mounds are crisp and golden on the outside with a soft and chewy center. Dip them in luscious chocolate and serve them all week long!

Get the recipe at Bunsen Burner Bakery.

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potato kugel on white plate with fork
Tori Avey
17 of 30
Potato Kugel

Kugel is a casserole dish that can be either sweet or savory. During non-Passover times, you may find it made with egg noodles and raisins, but at the Passover seder, it’s often made with potatoes and onions.

Get the recipe at Tori Avey.

SHOP CASSEROLES

dairy free deviled eggs with dill on grey platter with hands
Minimalist Baker
18 of 30
Dairy-Free Deviled Eggs

Every Passover, a hard-boiled egg is placed on the seder plate to symbolize the cycle of life, rebirth, and renewal. This modern twist on deviled eggs is mayo-free so you can serve them at your next Passover dinner!

Get the recipe at Minimalist Baker.

SHOP PIPING BAGS

small batch matzo brei on white plate with fork
Rebekah Lowin
19 of 30
Small-Batch Matzo Brei

Everyone has their own version of matzo brei— it can be savory or sweet and either scrambled or formed into pancakes. No matter your preferences, it makes a delicious breakfast and it’s great for using up leftover matzo.

Get the recipe at Rebekah Lowin.

SHOP MIXING BOWLS

sauteed cabbage in cast iron with two spoons
Well Plated by Erin
20 of 30
Sautéed Cabbage

This easy vegetable side dish is ready in just 15 minutes! The secret to flavorful cabbage is the addition of apple cider vinegar. Just be sure to swap the butter for oil if serving with meat.

Get the recipe at Well Plated by Erin.

SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

chocolate toffee matzo bark on black plate
Once Upon a Chef
21 of 30
Chocolate Toffee Matzo

If you think matzo is dry and flavorless, think again! This version is layered in crunchy toffee, chocolate, and sea salt for an irresistible salty-sweet snack.

Get the recipe at Once Upon a Chef.

SHOP WHISKS

braised short ribs in sauce on white platter with red striped napkin
Immaculate Bites
22 of 30
Braised Short Ribs

These tender braised short ribs can be made in advance and chilled in the fridge—just remember to remove any fat before reheating.

Get the recipe at Immaculate Bites.

SHOP SERVING SPOONS

israeli salad with spoons in glass bowl
Gimme Some Oven
23 of 30
Israeli Salad

Quick, fresh, and flavorful—Israeli salad makes a great side dish or lunch during Passover. The chopped salad is packed with flavor from fresh herbs and sumac (a tangy and fragrant spice).

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

SHOP SALAD BOWLS

tzimmes with carrots and sweet potatoes in white casserole dish
The Vegan Atlas
24 of 30
Tzimmes

This signature holiday dish is made up of a variety of root vegetables, carrots, and dried fruits. It adds a bright pop of color to your Passover table.

Get the recipe at The Vegan Atlas.

SHOP COOKWARE

flourless chocolate cake with raspberries
The Inspired btcc交易所官网home
25 of 30
Flourless Chocolate Cake

There are a lot of restrictions around Passover, but don't let that stop you from indulging in something sweet. Try a flourless chocolate cake for a change. It’s super decadent!

Get the recipe at The Inspired btcc交易所官网home.

SHOP CAKE STANDS

chicken schnitzel with lemon wedges and dip
My Jewish Learning
26 of 30
Chicken Schnitzel

The crispy coating on this fried chicken is made with almond flour and matzo meal. Set up a work station when dredging anything to make the process even easier.

Get the recipe at My Jewish Learning.

SHOP PLATES

arugula salad with roasted carrots and avocado
Paleo Grubs
27 of 30
Arugula Salad with Roasted Carrots

Arugula is a great choice for a salad on Passover—it represents the traditional bitter element on the seder plate. This heartier salad is tossed together with roasted carrots and avocado.

Get the recipe at Paleo Grubs.

SHOP BAKING SHEETS

mock chopped liver with matzo
Veg Kitchen
28 of 30
Mock Chopped Liver

Chopped liver is a traditional Eastern European dip, but this meat-free version will surprise your guests. It’s made from mushrooms, cashews, and onions—and it’s perfect for serving with matzo crackers.

Get the recipe at Veg Kitchen.

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sweet and sour meatballs on white plate with bowl in back
Tori Avey
29 of 30
Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Meatballs are a classic appetizer or main course for Jewish holidays. Use matzo meal as a binder if you’re making these for Passover.

Get the recipe at Tori Avey.

SHOP DISH TOWELS

btcc交易所官网homemade jelly candies on teal surface
What Jew Wanna Eat
30 of 30
btcc交易所官网homemade Jelly Candies

Jelly candies always find their way to the dessert table on Passover. These sugar-coated bites made with grape juice are perfect for the whole family.

Get the recipe at What Jew Wanna Eat.

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