Simple Matzo Brei

Simple matzo brei

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 4

Matzo brei means fried matzo in Yiddish. During the week of Passover, matzo brei makes a popular breakfast, lunch and dinner dish. While there are fancier matzo brei recipes with vegetables and spices—or even this one with lox—kids prefer to make and eat this simple matzo brei recipe.


  • 2 cups water (boiling)
  • 4 matzos
  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons oil (or butter, for pan-frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for matzo brei
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  2. Pour hot water over matzos.

    Pour water over matzos
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  3. Drain immediately.

    Matzo in bowl
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  4. Squeeze out excess water.

    Squeeze out excess water
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  5. Break softened matzo into pieces. Set softened matzos pieces aside.

    Break into pieces
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  6. In a bowl, whisk eggs and add salt.

    Whisk eggs and add salt
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  7. Stir in softened pieces of matzo.

    Stir in matzo
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  8. In a skillet, heat oil or butter over low heat. Pour egg-matzo batter into skillet.

    Heat oil
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  9. Cook matzo brei like an omelet (turning once).

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  10. Serve with strawberry jam or honey.

    Simple matzo brei
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  11. Enjoy!