Matzah Brei is a classic Jewish breakfast of matzah cooked with eggs. You can make it savory or sweet depending on the toppings you choose!
What is Matzah Brei?
Matzah Brei is a traditional Jewish dish made from matzah, a type of unleavened bread, and eggs. It’s commonly eaten during the Passover holiday when Jews are prohibited from eating leavened bread. The matzah is typically broken into small pieces and mixed with beaten eggs, then fried in oil or butter to make a sort of savory pancake. It can be served as a breakfast or brunch dish, and is often topped with sugar, cinnamon, and fruit. Passover isn’t until the spring, but since Hanukkah is upon us, I thought it would be fun to make this recipe for brunch so the kids can share in my husband’s heritage. Luckily most groceries sell matzah year round so you can easily add this to your breakfast rotation any time of year.
I love Matzah Brei because it’s super easy to make and requires so few ingredients. At its core, it’s just matzah and eggs. How to combine them, cook them and add on to them depends on personal preference. Customizing this recipe is really easy. Try it sweet with toppings like jam, apples, cinnamon or savory with meat, sour cream, chives or anything else you heart desires.
How To Make Matzah Brei
- Prep the Matzah: Break the matzo into 1 inch pieces. If they aren’t perfectly cut or all the same size, don’t worry! Place the pieces in a bowl and cover with hot water for 1-2 minutes or until softened. Then, drain and squeeze out excess water.
- Prep the Eggs: Place the eggs, milk and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Combine: Pour the eggs over the drained matzo and mix together.
- Cook the Matzah Brei: Heat butter or oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the egg and matzah mixture to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring with a spoon or spatula.
Feel free to make Matzah Brei a sweet dish by adding shredded apples, cinnamon or maple syrup, or you can make it more savory by adding any leftover meat and veggies you may have in the fridge.
Recipes That Use Matzah
- Matzo Chicken Tenders
- Cinnamon Apple Matzah Brei
- Nut-Free Nutella Matzo Sandwiches
- Matzah Pizzas
- Chocolate Dipped Matzah with Sprinkles
- Mini Matzah Ball Soup
Whether you’re celebrating Passover, Hanukkah or something in between, Matzah Brei makes a great breakfast that anyone can enjoy! Let me know in the comments what you add to yours or tag me on Instagram if you make it!
- 2 pieces unsalted matzo (whole wheat or plain)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons butter or oil
- Break the matzo into 1 inch pieces (they don’t have to be even or the same size as one another) and place in a bowl.
- Cover the matzo with hot water for 1-2 minutes or until softened.
- Drain and squeeze out excess water.
- Place the eggs, milk and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Pour the eggs over the drained matzo and mix together.
- Heat the butter or oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
- Add the egg/matzo mixture to the pan and cook, stirring with a spoon or spatula for 2-3 minutes until eggs are cooked through.
- Feel free to make it a sweet dish by adding shredded apples, cinnamon or maple syrup or, you can make it more savory by adding any leftover meat and veggies you may have in the fridge..