Classic Matzo Brei

Classic Matzo Brei

In this matzo brei (rhymes with fry) recipe, the matzo sheets are browned in butter until crisp before being lightly scrambled with eggs. You make this either sweet or savory as you prefer. Add black pepper, plenty of salt and chives for a savory version, or Demerara sugar and maple syrup or honey if you would like something sweeter. It’s a fine breakfast or brunch any time of the year, and especially during Passover.
  • Total:
  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Under cool running water, rinse matzo sheets until they are quite wet. Set it aside and let sit to soften while you prepare the pan.
  2. Step 2

    Place a large, preferably nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add butter. Once it melts and the foam subsides, break matzo sheets into bite-size pieces and add to pan. Sauté matzo in butter until it browns all over, about 2 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Add eggs, salt and pepper (if you’re making the dish savory) to pan and scramble the mixture until it is just set but still light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with sugar (if you’re making it sweet) and toss well.
  4. Step 4

    Serve matzo brei sprinkled with salt and topped with chives (savory), or with salt, additional sugar and maple syrup (sweet).