What Do You Serve at a Passover Seder

March 31, 2022

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The recipes you need to make a traditional Passover Seder menu.

The Passover seder is the most practiced Jewish ritual. According to a Pew Research survey,

“Participation in a Seder is more common among Jewish Americans than any of the other practices we asked about, including fasting for all or part of Yom Kippur (53%) – often considered the holiest day of the Jewish calendar – and always or usually lighting Sabbath candles (23%).”

On Passover, we celebrate the incredible miracle of our freedom from slavery and our narrow escape from Egypt. We relive the experience by performing the seder, by reading the Haggadah, eating matzah and maror (bitter herbs), and drinking four cups of wine.

Families and friends gather and create new customs and traditions and memories. Many of which revolve around the food. Traditional foods will vary from family to family, but most Ashkenazi Jews will include everything from gefilte fish to macaroons for their seder meals. You can easily get a little help from the store or your local caterer, but if you want to make at least some of the dishes just like Bubbe did, we got the full menu from soup to macaroons with recipes right here.

Gefilte Fish

This is the real deal homemade gefilte fish sans the large fish swimming in the bathtub, but I know it’s not for everyone. If you’re a real traditionalist you might remember the stuff in the jar, but truthfully that stuff gives gefilte fish a bad rap. Try to find a frozen loaf in your Jewish market, all you need to do is boil with some carrots and you’ll have delicious gefilte fish to pair with your extra horseradish.

Matzah Ball Soup

In this recipe, you will learn to make the best chicken soup ever, but of course, you can always take some shortcuts here if you just want to buy chicken soup in a can or box and add some carrots and celery. The matzah balls though you will want to take on. They are easy to make and you will really feel proud when you master this Jewish favorite.

Slow Braised Brisket and Onions

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Brisket is the number 1 most popular food served at the Passover seder among Ashkenazi Jews. It became the go to main for Jews back in the day because it was the cheapest option, but it has stood the test of time because it’s really delicious and easy to make. Brisket is the perfect make ahead meat, it even freezes well and it can withstand hours on the warming plate without getting dry.

Vineyard Chicken

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Most people like to have a chicken main at the seder in addition to the brisket. We like this braised chicken with wine and grapes. It will reheat well, so it doesn’t need to be made fresh and goes along well with the 4 cups of wine you will be drinking.

Potato Kugel

Kugels are a quintessentially Jewish dish, with dairy noodle kugel being the darling of the Yom Kippur Break the Fast and the dairy free, noodle free, potato kugel being the Passover favorite. We love to make them extra special in individual cups. You can certainly make potato kugel in a big casserole, but the best part about these is that every piece is a crusty corner piece, so nobody has to fight over that coveted crunch.


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Carrot tzimmes is a classic sweet Jewish holiday dish often served on Rosh Hashanah, but equally popular for your Passover seder. It’s a slow cooked root vegetable stew usually with prunes or other dried fruits. If you like your sides sweet, this dish is for you.



Macaroons are another icon of the Passover seder amongst Jews in North America. Often coming out of a tin can in a multitude of flavors these coconut bites are filled with nostalgia, which is probably the reason most people actually prefer when they come from a can. We still like to make our own, they are super easy with only 4 ingredients and 15 minutes prep. The perfect end to your traditional Seder meal.

Main image courtesy of JamieGeller.com

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