Israeli Matzah Brei

What is matzah brei and why is it such a big deal during Pesach? It’s probably not a surprise to you that food options during Pesach can be limited. Matzah, however, is everywhere! Matzah brei has become a staple in many homes throughout the holiday, an easy and quick way to have a satisfying breakfast (or brunch or even dinner!).

Traditional matzah brei is a combination of matzah and eggs, fried with butter in a pan. You can choose to go the sweet or savory route depending on your mood.

Here at Israelibox, we have to add an Israeli twist to our recipes. I love adding fresh Israeli berries, walnuts, silan and even tahini as toppings to make it a more filling and festive meal. My kids love it too!

When eating this matzah brei, you’ll get the feeling that you’re sitting in Israel, celebrating Pesach together with us. After all, we do say “Next Year in Jerusalem” at the end of the seder!

Here’s my recipe for Israeli style matzah brei. You’ll love it, I promise.


4 sheets of matzah

2 large eggs

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 cup + 2 tbsp. milk (any you choose)

1 tbsp. sugar

4 dates- pitted and chopped

4 berries of choice- sliced

¼ cup walnuts

Silan, honey or maple syrup


A bit of orange juice


How to:

  1. Melt butter in a pan and add the chopped dates. Mix occasionally and let simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  2. Get your matzah ready in the meantime. Beat the eggs in a bowl with the milk, the orange juice, salt and sugar (to taste).
  3. Break the matzah into ½-1 inch size pieces. Add the milk mix and stir well. Let the whole thing rest for about 30 seconds (you can leave it for a bit longer depending on how crunchy you like your matzah brei).
  4. Combine with the egg mixture and mix.
  5. Add the walnuts to your date mixture until they are toasted (about 30 seconds)- transfer to a bowl.
  6. Heat more butter in your pan. Add your matzah-egg mixture and stir constantly until your eggs are cooked. Add the walnut/date mixture and remove from heat.
  7. Top with all of the good stuff I mentioned above: berries, silan/honey and tahini.
  8. Enjoy!!

Pesach doesn’t have to be full of boring foods that lack taste. Here are some of my favorite Pesach recipes that will add an Israeli touch to your seder table:

Israeli Matzah Ball soup (we call it Knaidlach!)

Tomato and Potato Salad– we love tomatoes here in Israel and make sure to feature them whenever possible in our cooking!

The BEST Pesach brownies! You’ll never believe these are Kosher for Pesach

Israeli charoset with Lithuanian roots

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