15 Modern Passover Recipes for Your Family's Seder

Dishes so delicious you won't even miss the challah.


Greg Dupree

Passover recipes are some of the tastiest, most looked-forward to Jewish dishes of the year. Sure, matzo doesn't hold a candle to challah, but matzo ball soup? Kugel? Brisket? (My stomach is growling now—but I guess that's better than locusts raining down on me.)

For your next Passover, try some of our easy recipes for delicious appetizers and main courses—and maybe finish off Seder with some chocolate-covered matzo so the adults feel better about not being able to look for the afikoman. I guess wine helps too, though...

Before you dust off those Haggadahs, recline on your chair-pillows, and try to get Elijah to drink with you; look through our hand-picked Passover recipes to consider during your Seder meal planning, whether you're looking to compliment your traditional dishes or for a new addition to your family's meal. L'chaim!

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Classic Chicken Soup

Passover Recipes: Classic Chicken Soup
Anna Williams

Simmer a whole chicken with carrots, onions, and celery to create a flavorful broth, and then add fluffy matzo balls to round out the soup.

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Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup
Emily Kinni

Is it really Passover without a bowl of matzo ball soup? This recipe is a classic that gets a flavor boost from chicken thighs that are simmered in the broth and then shredded from the bone. To ensure the matzo balls are cooked correctly, remove a ball from the broth and slice it in half. The color should be light throughout—if the center is darker, continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes more. 

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Roasted Salmon With Beet Salad

Roasted Salmon With Beet Salad

While the fish bakes, toss a quick beet and kale salad, made super-quick thanks to pre-cooked beets. A dill dressing makes for a classic pairing, and cuts through the rich salmon.

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Every-Citrus Salad With Almonds and Manchego

Every-Citrus Salad with Almonds and Manchego Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Add some bright colors to your Passover table courtesy of this bold citrus salad. It pairs tart blood oranges, bitter grapefruit, and sweet navel oranges with Manchego, and roasted almonds, which yields a dish that hits every note—crunchy, salty, nutty, bright, sharp, and bitter. And don’t skip the orange dressing, which combines shallots, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard, and ties the salad together.

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Broiled Asparagus

Broiled Asparagus
Christopher Baker

Broiling this spring vegetable is a quick way to make it tender and brings out its sweet, nutty essence.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Grapes and Feta

whole roasted cauliflower with grapes and feta
Greg Dupree

For a vegetable side that will wow your seder guests, opt for this cauliflower stunner, which is boiled, roasted, and joined by pickled shallots, blocks of tangy feta, sweet grapes, and fresh oregano. If you have kosher guests and would rather have a seder without cheese, use plant-based sausage instead and cook it on the baking sheet right beside the cauliflower.

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Horseradish Potato Gratin

Horseradish Potato Gratin
Con Poulos

Thinly sliced russet potatoes bake in a horseradish-infused cream until tender and golden.

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Lemon-Coriander Roasted Chicken With Leeks and Squash

Lemon-Coriander Roasted Chicken With Leeks And Squash

If you’re looking for a chicken dish that’s easy to make but still packs plenty of flavor, this one will get the job done. Here, butter spiked with cilantro, ginger, lemon zest, and ground coriander is rubbed underneath the chicken skin, resulting in a moist, spicy bird that has flavor in every bite. A bed of acorn squash and leeks roast under the chicken, for a built-in side that catches all of the flavorful drippings.

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Roast Beef and Onions

Roast Beef and Onions
Con Poulos

Let the meat rest for 15 minutes before slicing to ensure the beef stays juicy.

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Baby Lamb Chops With Mixed Olive Relish and Roasted Carrots

Baby Lamb Chops With Mixed Olive Relish And Roasted Carrots

Jennifer Causey

Lamb chops that cook quickly? Yes, please! These chops need just two minutes per side, and are accompanied by a briny, bright, and herby relish made with green and kalamata olives, capers, and lemon zest. Serve the chops with rice or couscous to soak up the relish and round out your meal, and you’re all set.

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Quick Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Easy Supper Ideas: Quick One-Pot Spring Lamb and Vegetable Stew Recipe
Quentin Bacon

Celebrate Passover and the start of spring simultaneously with this lamb and vegetable stew that comes together in a single large pot. First, you'll cut the lamb steaks into small pieces and brown the meat, then transfer it to a plate. Next, you'll cook the carrots and onion, before adding a tablespoon of flour, which helps to thicken the brothy stew as it cooks. Simmer the remaining ingredients for about 10 minutes more, stir it all together, and you're done. Easy enough, right?

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Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots

Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket With Potatoes and Carrots
Sang An

This economically priced cut of meat becomes tender and flavorful when cooked low and slow in a mix of tomato paste, coffee, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar.

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Lemony Almond Macaroons

Lemony Almond Macaroons
Ellen Silverman

Make these sweet treats up to one week ahead of time. Let them cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Roland Bello

Before serving, dust this rich, moist cake with confectioners' sugar for an elegant presentation.

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Espresso Truffles

Espresso Truffles
Hector Sanchez

These decadent, coffee-infused bites are rolled in cocoa powder for an extra hint of chocolate.

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