Simple Matzo Brei

matzo brei with applesauce and creme fraiche

Pete Scherer

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
191 Calories
10g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 191
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 88mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Matzo brei is frequently eaten as a breakfast food during Passover, when matzo is plentiful. But many people make the dish all year round. And no wonder. It's so simple and good, can be prepared sweet or savory, and kids love it.

Everyone has their own way of making matzo brei. There are only two basic ingredients: eggs and matzo. But how to combine them, cook them and embellish the final product is a matter of personal taste. However there is a general pattern. The matzo is usually broken into pieces, softened with hot milk or water, mixed with beaten eggs and pan-fried in oil or butter. The size of the pieces, the degree of softening, the egg to matzo ratio, and the manner of frying all have an effect on the flavor and texture of your matzo brei.

Then there's the question of sweet or savory—or even something in between. Matzo brei has a blandness that is delightful in its depth. The lack of salt and fermentation in the matzo somehow makes the tongue more sensitive to the subtle pleasure of toasted wheat meeting custard. But matzo brei is also a great canvas for culinary creativity. Sweet versions often include ingredients like honey, fruit, jam, cinnamon, syrup and so on. Savory versions feature things like chives, sour cream, garlic powder, yogurt, lox and pepper. Matzo is similar to French toast and chilaquiles, so additions like bananas or salsa might work also. This version with applesauce, crème fraîche and chives is a little sweet and savory—the best of both worlds.


  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 4 sheets matzo

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, or unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives

  • Salt, to taste

  • Crème fraîche, for serving

  • Applesauce, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for matzo brei
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  2. Pour hot water over matzos. Wait 1 minute, then drain.

    Pour water over matzos
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  3. Break the softened matzo into pieces.

    Break into pieces
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  4. Add the matzo to the eggs and stir to incorporate. Wait 5 minutes.

    Stir in matzo
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  5. In a skillet, heat oil or butter over low heat. Pour egg-matzo batter into skillet. Stir frequently, but not constantly. Allow the egg to curdle for a moment between stirs. When the egg is mostly done, turn off the heat. The residual heat in the pan will finish the job. When all the egg is cooked, season with salt to taste, then plate.

    Heat oil
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  6. Top with sliced chives. Serve immediately, with crème fraîche and applesauce.

    matzo brei
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Sweet Matzo Brei

For a sweet variation, omit the chives. Try lightly browning the pieces of matzo in some butter before soaking in 1/3 cup whole milk for 1 minute. Combine with the eggs and proceed with frying. When you turn off the heat, sprinkle the matzo brei with 2 teaspoons of raw sugar. Plate and top with honey or maple syrup. This is version is also delicious with the applesauce and crème fraîche.