25 Passover Recipes for your Seder Dinner and Beyond

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Celebrate your seder dinner, or the full week of Pesach, with these Passover Recipes. Start with a traditional seder plate and conclude with a sumptuous feast with many blessings, and plenty of wine, in between.

A silver Seder Plate with the seder components and a cup of wine and Matzah in the background.

The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from ancient Egypt, a movement from slavery into freedom (as documented in the book of Exodus). During the seder dinner (“seder” means “order”), families and friends gather together to retell the story of Passover.

The seder dinner contains many symbolic foods to illustrate the story of Passover, and they are presented on a special Passover plate. Wine and blessings are also part of the ritual.

Traditionally, Jews don’t eat chametz (leavened foods made from grains like wheat, oats, rye, barley, and spelt). This is because when the Jews were rushed out of Egypt, there was no time for the bread to rise, and all they could take with them was dough.

I’ve paired my best Passover recipes with a study of the seder plate below. As I mention in my Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur guides, I am not Jewish, but I love the food and experiencing other cultures through their cuisine. Light the candles and begin with Kiddush, or a wine blessing.

The Seder Plate

The seder dinner is structured around the seder plate which contains six foods to illustrate the story of Passover.

  1. Zeroa: Roasted lamb shank bone. This symbolizes the lamb the Jews sacrificed as a special Passover offering (Pascal lamb).
  2. Beitzah: Roasted (hard-boiled) egg. This symbolizes the circle of life and the festival sacrifice offered at the Temple of Jerusalem.
  3. Maror: Horseradish or bitter herbs. This symbolizes the bitterness of life as a slave.
  4. Chazeret: Lettuce or endive. This is another symbol of the bitter enslavement of the Jewish ancestors in Egypt.
  5. Charoset: A mixture of grated apples, chopped nuts, cinnamon, and sweet red wine. This looks like the mortar and bricks that the Egyptian Pharaoh forced the slaves to make, and it also symbolizes the sweetness of freedom.
  6. Karpas: Parsley, green onion. This vegetable symbolizes hope, renewal, and the coming of spring. The vegetable is dipped into salt water and as the water drips off, it symbolizes the tears of slaves.

You also need Matzo at the table (3 pieces, stacked and separated by napkins) and a dish of salt water.

The seder ritual contains 15 steps which includes blessings, washings, questions, and answers. And, participants are required to drink 4 cups of wine during the seder (men and women alike).

A Seder plate with all the components labeled.

Passover Entree Recipes

Shulchan Orech, or Festival Meal, is the 10th order of the seder. Matzo Ball Soup and Gefilte Fish are the most common dishes.

Since keeping Kosher prevents the consumption of meat and dairy together, families can choose whether they are having a meat-focused or dairy-focused meal (fish is considered neutral).

Roast Beef Tenderloin
This Roast Beef Tenderloin starts low and slow in the oven and ends with a flourish on the stove. It's a great recipe to pull out for holidays, parties, and Sunday Supper.
A sliced roast beef tenderloin.
How to Make Rotisserie Chicken
Learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home with my super simple spice rub (4 ingredients plus salt & pepper). Or, recreate that same delicious flavor for your next oven-roasted chicken! 
A rotisserie chicken on a white plate with slices of lemon.
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
As the nights get chilly, this tender and smoky Slow Cooker Beef Brisket recipe makes one amazing dinner. It’s the easiest thing you’ll make all week, and it tastes like incredible.
Slow cooker beef brisket slices on toast.
Baked Salmon
This easy Baked Salmon recipe is flavored with fresh lemons and herbs, baked in foil, then broiled until crispy. And it's ready in 20 minutes or less!
Baked salmon on a foil lined baking sheet after being baked,
Classic Pot Roast
This Classic Pot Roast is braised low and slow, just like mom used to make. Meltingly-tender beef, vegetables, and a rich gravy will have everyone asking for seconds.
Pot roast in a dutch oven.
Lamb Chops
This fantastic lamb chops recipe uses whole garlic cloves which caramelize in the skillet alongside the chops. Once the lamb is cooked, the cloves become a part of a quick pan sauce with lemon juice, herbs, and a pinch of red pepper. A sophisticated dinner in minutes, not hours, for lamb enthusiasts everywhere.
Lamb chops on a white plate.
Chicken Vesuvio
One-skillet Chicken Vesuvio is a hearty, comforting 30-minute meal. This easy weeknight dinner idea offers a taste of Chicago culinary history no matter where you live. Think of it like meat and potatoes with an Italian makeover!
Chicken vesuvio in a silver skillet.
Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes
Bright and budget-friendly, Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes is one of the best weeknight dinner recipes. This easy chicken dinner is ready in 30 minutes and bakes for just enough time so you can warm up some crusty bread to sop up all the luscious pan juices.
Balsamic chicken and tomatoes in a black dish.
Zucchini Lasagna
Grilled ribbons of zucchini stand in for lasagna noodles in this Italian comfort food entree. With layers of ricotta and marinara-coated ground beef, you won't even realize this is a low-carb casserole.
A slice of zucchini lasagna on a white plate.
Pan-Fried Tilapia
Simple pan-fried Tilapia with lots of colorful bell peppers makes a quick and easy, delicious and healthy meal! A great recipe if you want to eat more fish.
One plate of pan fried tilapia.

Passover Side Dish Recipes

Support your main dish with a variety of Passover-friendly sides. Kitniyot (such as rice, corn, seeds, and legumes) were previously banned from Passover but kitniyot was declared in Kosher in 2016.

Matzo Ball Soup
Learn how to make Matzo Ball Soup, a delicious Ashkenazi Jewish recipe made with chicken and dumplings.
Someone scooping a Matzo ball out of a ball of Matzo ball soup.
Deviled Eggs
This easy Deviled Eggs recipe is my family’s most trusted and the only one you’ll ever need. They are creamy, delicious, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!
Deviled eggs on a round wooden platter.
Beet Salad
Full of color and texture, this easy Beet Salad is loaded with goat cheese, almonds, and a delicious lemon vinaigrette. Save time with store-bought roasted beets or roast them yourself.
A bowl of beet salad.
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Freshen up your summer menu with a Quinoa Tabbouleh side dish. This healthy Mediterranean recipe is easy and ideal for showcasing all of your seasonal herbs and vegetables.
Quinoa tabbouleh on a gray plate surrounded by pita chips.
Roasted Asparagus
An easy recipe for Roasted Asparagus with olive oil, garlic, and lemon. The high oven temperature cooks it to tender-crisp perfection in 10 minutes or less.
A baking sheet full of roasted asparagus with lemons.
Roasted Green Beans
These easy Roasted Green Beans are loaded with garlic and lemon and roasted to perfection. They are simple enough for busy weeknights but delicious enough for holidays too!
Roasted green beans on a baking sheet with lemon garnish.
Oven Roasted Potatoes
These Oven Roasted Potatoes are an simple, delicious side dish that goes with everything from everyday family meals to special holiday feasts. You'll love how crispy they get in the oven, and you can customize the herbs to your favorites.
Oven roasted potatoes in a white serving bowl.
Roasted Carrots
This easy Roasted Carrots recipe showcases the best of spring's new, tender carrots. They look so pretty roasted whole with the green tops attached and the optional yogurt sauce is the perfect complement.
Roasted carrots on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Roasted Root Vegetables
This easy Roasted Root Vegetables recipe is the best way to eat the rainbow! The natural sugars in the vegetables caramelize to kid-friendly territory via this sheet pan side dish idea.
Roasted root vegetables on a baking sheet.
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Oven-crisp Rosemary Roasted Potatoes are an easy, delicious side dish that goes with everything from quick family suppers to holiday feasts.
Roasted rosemary potatoes on a baking sheet.

Passover Dessert Recipes

Flourless cakes and cookies (made with walnuts or almonds), airy meringues, and coconut macaroons are all popular Passover desserts. Or, make a Matzo cracker candy with bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and honey.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
This Flourless Chocolate Cake has a gorgeous chocolate glaze and makes a stunning finale to any meal. And if that’s not enough, a vibrant raspberry sauce takes this decadent chocolate dessert over the top.
Flourless chocolate cake slice on a white plate.
Candied Pecans
Candied Pecans are deliciously crunchy and decadent thanks to brown sugar, cinnamon, and a few other holiday spices. This recipe is lightning fast, kid-friendly, and a snap to make for a last-minute gifts or bake sales.
Candied Pecans on a gray plate.
Microwave Peanut Brittle
It only takes 6 ingredients to make this easy Microwave Peanut Brittle. It's sweet, salty, crunchy, and a great holiday treat or homemade gift.
Microwave peanut brittle in a clear jar.
Tapioca Pudding
Lightly scented with vanilla and cinnamon and just as creamy as you remember from childhood, this homemade Tapioca Pudding is a naturally gluten-free dessert. (But sure doesn't taste like it!)
Tapicoa pudding in two ramekins on a gray plate.
Easy Chocolate Mousse
This easy chocolate mousse is the stuff chocolatey dreams are made of, and the fact that it's so unbelievably simple to make is thanks to an unlikely secret ingredient: mini marshmallows.
Easy chocolate mousse in little clear glasses.
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