Photo credit Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox; Image design by Grace Yagel

8 Passover Breakfast Ideas Better Than Matzah Brei

Bring the spirit of Passover freedom to your breakfast table.

Matzah brei is tasty it’s classic, it’s versatile, and we love it for all those reasons. But it can also be stodgy, same-y and yet another matzah-based meal that our sore stomachs don’t want. This year, bring the spirit of Passover freedom to your breakfast table, and introduce some variety, freshness and novelty to the most important meal of the day. Here are eight Passover breakfast ideas better than matzah brei from The Nosher — to fill each morning with promise.

But before we dive in, if you’re struggling to break up with ‘brei, try this cacio e pepe twist for a savory, modern matzah brei that still hits the spot. 

1. Skillet Tahini Banana Bread

Photo credit Rachel Simons

Gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free, this banana bread is full of flavor. It’s light and fluffy, nutty with tahini and keeps for up to three days, so you can keep going back for a cheeky taste.

Note: This recipe contains kitniyot.

2. Shakshuka for a Crowd

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Photo credit Shannon Sarna

Shakshuka is possibly the greatest breakfast dish around, no matter what time of year. On Passover it’s an especially welcome light relief from all the potatoes and matzah. This versatile recipe is easy to size up or down, and to customize according to what you have in the fridge.

3. Matzah Chilaquiles

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Photo credit Stephanie Ganz

Fried matzah! Fried eggs! Avocado! Chipotle! Lime! This spicy Passover twist on a classic Mexican breakfast dish will start your morning with a bang. 

4. Pina Colada Granola

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Photo credit Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox

This easy granola recipe tastes of the tropics and is sure to bring some sunshine to even the greyest of Passover mornings.

5. Masa Tiganitas

easy passover breakfast recipe jewish
Photo credit Talia Segal

Baklava meets matzah brei in the sublime creation of the Greek Jewish kitchen. Whole matzah sheets are fried, drizzled in honey and sprinkled with toasted walnuts. Heaven. 

6. Chocolate Crepes 

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Photo credit Emily Paster

Dessert of decadent breakfast? You decide. We like these delicate teff-flour crepes with Nutella and berries. 

Note: Some consider teff flour to be kitniyot.

7. Cremslach

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Photo credit Joe Baur

For a heartier breakfast, look no further than these matzah meal pancakes, a lesser-known delicacy of the Ashkenazi kitchen. While they’re substantial and comforting, they’re also fluffy and go with an array of toppings.

8. Potato Kugel Cups 

easy passover breakfast mini potato kugel recipe
Photo credit Sonya Sanford

These crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside mini potato kugels are the cutest way to start your day. Add sautéed mushrooms or cooked greens to your batter for freshness, and brunch-ify the dish with an egg on top. 

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