20 Passover Recipes To Serve At Your Seder

These main dishes, sides, and sweets are lively but unleavened for the holiday.

Matzo Ball Soup in individual bowls with spoons beside

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Pass the charoset, y'all. Pull out your vacuum and clear out those cupboards. It's time to rid your home of every piece of bread and speck of crumbs in anticipation of a matzo-filled seven (or eight) days. For many of us, Passover Seder preparation involves digging in your family recipe box for Bubby's brisket recipe, and, in the unleavened week that follows, Jewish homes across the South will consume more matzo brei than we can count. Though we love a Seder menu rich in tradition and we're always up for a matzo pizza right out of the oven, why not try a fresh take on some of your classic Passover favorites this year? With a little pre-Passover planning, we promise avoiding chametz and eating more than just matzo for the week is easier than you think. Take a look at some of our Passover-friendly favorites that are sure to impress while you sit back and relax at the seder.

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Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Honey Glazed Spiced Carrots
Iain Bagwell

As colorful as they are delicious, the naturally sweet and earthy flavor of these honey-glazed carrots will complement any Passover main dish. Tender and flavorful carrots are a great choice in side when you have to forgo typical sides like beans and grains.

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Roasted Garlic Duchess Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Duchess Potatoes
Alison Miksch

Impress your Seder guests with potatoes as pretty to present as they are delicious. Don’t let the beautiful display deter you. We promise they're easier to prepare than they appear.

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Brisket with Carrots and Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata

Brisket with Carrots and Horseradish-Parsley Gremolata
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Cooked low and slow, this more-traditional brisket is sure to be the star of the seder. Even those not a fan of the bitter herbs during the Passover service will love the horseradish-infused gremolata drizzled on top.

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Sweet and Savory Matzo Brei

matzo brei
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Do you prefer your matzo brei sweet or savory? Whether your a sugar and maple syrup brei fan or your go-to with matzo brei is black pepper, this Sweet and Savory Marzo Brei is sure to satisfy.

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Sheet Pan Flank Steak

Sheet Pan Flank Steak
Greg DuPree

Pair marinated flank steak with potatoes and healthy greens in one pan, and you’ve got a Pesach dinner that’s as easy to make as it is to clean up. This meal is special enough for a holiday but easy enough for a weeknight—so you can relax and recline like the best of them.

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BBQ Rub Roasted Chicken

BBQ Rub Roasted Chicken
Greg DuPree

You won’t run out of Passover dinner options with a dish like this. An easy BBQ chicken recipe that makes this much food will definitely leave you with leftovers.

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Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup in individual bowls with spoons beside

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

No Jewish holiday is complete without a round of Matzo Ball Soup, but especially Passover. These unleavened balls of goodness are comfort in a bowl.

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Apricot Chicken

Southern Living Apricot Chicken on a serving platter

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Elevate your classic holiday chicken with a sweet and saucy twist fit for the holiday. This family recipe is so good, it simply cannot be limited to once-yearly consumption.

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BBQ Brisket

BBQ Brisket
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Though it may not be just like Bubby’s, this beef BBQ brisket will definitely be a slow cooker crowd pleaser. Think of this recipe as a Southern take on an old-school Passover classic.

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Brownies for Passover

Passover Brownies
Southern Living

The hunt for a delicious kosher for Passover dessert isn't the easiest, but we've got you covered. A post-meal Passover favorite, these matzo meal creations are deliciously different than your everyday brownie.

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Passover Macaroon Sandwich Cookies

Passover Macaroon Sandwich Cookies
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

If you've ever mixed up Passover macaroons with French macarons , this treat is for you. Use your favorite jam to fill these kosher for Passover sandwich cookies made from coconut.

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Southern Living Tzimmes in serving dish

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

This Passover dish is worth braving the Yiddish pronunciation. It's a savory, stew-ed classic that deserved a spot at the seder table.

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Matzah Granola

Caramelized Blog Matzah Granola
Courtesy of Cara Greenstein

Keeping kosher for Passover can be a doozy. Thanks to this granola, a hardy holiday breakfast is not only possible, but delicious too.

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Roasted Lamb With Fresh-Herb Sauce

Southern Living Roasted Lamb With Fresh-Herb Sauce on serving platter

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Melissa Gray; Prop Stylist: Christine Keely

Accompany the shank bone on your seder plate with a roasted lamb for the main course. Our holiday-worthy lamb recipe is herbaceous, flavorful, and perfect for spring.

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Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake

Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Flourless for the holiday but decadent as can be, this dessert will wow in your after-dinner spread. Pecans and a hint of coffee in the cake provide subtle flavor and texture that take this kosher for Passover treat to new heights.

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Cast-Iron Potato Kugel

Cast-Iron Potato Kugel
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Kugel is a favorite in many Jewish households, but during Passover, we swap our usual noodle kugels for their potato-filled cousin. This potato kugel is baked to perfection thanks to the help of a cast-iron skillet.

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Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

A dessert that's both dairy- and gluten-free and delicious passes all the Passover tests. This stunning pavlova cake will impress your seder guests and have them coming back for seconds.

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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons - Southern Living

Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Hannah Greenwood

The perfect Passover macaron is one that's chewy and coconut-y on the inside, and toasted brown on the outside. These ones certainly fit the bill and are sure to become a holiday hit.

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Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies

Will Dickey; Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless; Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Passover's flour-ban is hardly a hinderance when you've got this recipe in your arsenal. Because they lack this key ingredient in most cookies, these ones are fudgier and richer than ever.

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Grapefruit Pavlova

Meringue pavlova on clear cake stand

Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Audrey Davis; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Airy and elegant, this light dessert is the ultimate Passover sweet. Pavlovas are best eaten shortly after they’re assembled, so hold off on building this dessert until you’re ready to dig in.

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