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Matzo Brei

Pan of matzo brei

(Israeli, Jewish fried flatbread and eggs)

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Matzo brei (pronounced MAHT-zuh bree, or MAHT-zuh breye) is a tasty and easy breakfast dish and is a good way to use up leftover matzot after Passover. And kids love it.

Every family has their own way of making this dish. The biggest dispute seems to be whether sweet or savory is best. It's up to you to decide.

Sometimes spelled matzah brei.

3 or 4 servings


  • Matzo -- 4 pieces
  • Eggs, beaten -- 4
  • Salt -- pinch
  • Oil or butter -- 2 tablespoons


  1. Hold matzot under running water for 5 to 10 seconds and then set aside to soften for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Beat the eggs and salt together in a large bowl. Break matzot into small pieces and stir into the eggs.
  3. Heat the oil or butter in a skillet over medium flame. Add the matzo mixture and brown on one side. Flip and brown on the other side. Serve with any of the garnishes suggested below.

Matzo Brei Variations

  • Add a bit of cinnamon and sugar to the beaten eggs and serve with honey, applesauce or jelly.
  • For a savory version, add 1/4 cup grated onion and some pepper to the beaten eggs. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.
  • Experiment with different additions. Add raisins to sweet matzo brei, or add cooked asparagus tips or chopped scallions to the savory version. Use your imagination.


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