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30 Passover Recipes (2021)

We update this post every year with several new recipes to help you plan a wonderful Passover Seder or help out the host with a potluck dish.

It’s that time of year again. We’ve gathered 30 Passover recipes for main dishes, side dishes and dessert. Not necessarily traditional, but all Passover friendly. Many are vegetarian, take 30 minutes or less and perfect for potluck (or drop off). We even have some food gift ideas. 

company chicken with citrus, carrots, prunes and pistachios

Passover is around the corner and celebrators are either hosting a Passover Seder or bringing a dish or two to someone else’s Seder.

While many stick to traditional Passover fare – gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzo balls, brisket, roast chicken, potato kugel (casserole) and tzimmes (carrot/prune stew), some of you might want to change it up a bit – or at least mix old and new. Hey, dare to be different! 

 

Passover recipe types you’ll find here

The recipes we chose are not necessarily traditional Passover recipes, but rather Passover or Seder friendly. They can be used for any larger dinner party and adhere to the customs for eating during Passover.

No host wants to be fussing at the last minute. And there’s no way to make everything on the same day if you want to keep sane. If you’re invited to a Sedar, you need to bring something that can be easily transported and won’t tax the host too much. And what about all the various dietary needs around the table?

So, for each recipe, we’ve noted the following, where appropriate:

  • Vegetarian  – since many Passover Seders include at least one vegetarian nowadays
  • Potluck – meaning the dish can be made ahead and transported, with a few tips for reheating and serving where needed. For many of us, potluck means ‘drop off’ this year. 
  • Make-ahead  – as this is critical for larger group gatherings and to reduce the stress.
  • Under 30 minutes  – because who doesn’t want a few things that can be made quickly?
  • Gift or Lootbag appropriate – if I have the energy, I like to give out loot bags at the end when I host.

Passover Food Restrictions (some are now changed)

The recipes below do not include bread, flour, grains and legumes that are not eaten on Passover by those who observe.  Those who are more observant will only eat products and ingredients that are kosher for Passover. In my experience, almost everything is available now, labeled ‘kosher-for-Passover’. Here’s a good guide to foods that can be eaten during Passover.

Update as of 2016: Passover restrictions have changed according to the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS), the legal body of the Conservative movement. Kitniyot such as rice, corn, sesame seeds, etc are now allowed. Some may disagree, so be sure to check with your guests or host before using previously restricted foods.

Helpful tips for Hosting

Main Dish Passover Recipes

Company Chicken with Citrus Sauce and Pistachios
company chicken breast with citrus and pistachios on plate
This company chicken with citrus, carrots, prunes & pistachios is a treat for the eyes, taste buds and cook (make-ahead). The flavors blend beautifully.
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Make ahead: The whole thing can be prepped a day ahead (or in the morning) and popped into the oven before serving. Potluck: Transport the cooked chicken in a large roaster.  Either complete the cooking and keep warm in the host’s oven or just do the broiling before serving at the host’s house. Bring the parsley and pistachios in a separate container to sprinkle on before serving.

Simple Herb Roasted Salmon (20 min)
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Simple herb roasted salmon is infused with green herbs, lemon and wine to create a delicious main dish. Succulent, healthy and ready in 20 minutes.
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For a Passover or holiday menu, use a whole side of salmon (instead of individual fillets). Make ahead: This recipe can be made a couple hours ahead or refrigerated the day before and brought to room temperature the next day. Sprinkle additional chopped herbs on top before serving along with lemon wedges and preferred garnish.  Potluck: This is a perfect potluck recipe, particularly if you serve it at room temperature (no reheating needed). Under 30 minutes.

Classic Prime Rib (Reverse Sear)
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This classic prime rib recipe uses the reverse-sear method to create mouth watering, medium-rare meat throughout the entire roast. It doesn't get better than that.
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Make ahead: Once the slow cook portion of the roasting is done, it can sit on the counter covered for up to 90 minutes. Just before serving, roast it at very high heat for 6-10 minutes, slice and serve.

Balsamic Glazed Chicken
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With just 6 ingredients, balsamic glazed chicken is a simple family meal.  Sweet, tangy, delicious chicken. 
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Make ahead: This simple but really tasty chicken can be marinated the day before and popped in the oven before dinner time. The chicken can also be fully cooked and kept in a warm oven for up to an hour. Finish off under the broiler for a few minutes for a nice finish. 

Apricot Chicken Recipe
Baked Apricot Chicken pieces piled on plate on black placemat
Sticky, sweet and tangy deliciousness! This Apricot Chicken recipe is a semi-homemade and much better version of that old recipe with onion soup, jam and Catalina dressing. 
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Make ahead: Cook chicken to 155F on an instant read thermometer up to an hour ahead. Cover well with foil. Before serving, spoon sauce on top and broil for 4 minutes 8-10 inches from heat.

Bone-In Turkey Breast with Pear Chutney
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A simple roasted bone-in turkey breast with pear chutney makes for a surprisingly no-fuss, healthy and delicious family or company dinner.
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Substitute a tzimmes for the pear chutney if you like. Make ahead: Cook turkey to 160F or a little less. Cool down, then slice across the grain.  Set slices in a pan and add a 1/4 broth to the pan. Cover tightly and reheat at 325F for about 10-15 minutes. Or, much simpler and more fool-proof, just keep warm for up to an hour loosely covered with foil, especially if you’re making hot gravy. Potluck:  Transport in pan for reheating, covered with foil. Bring chutney on the side and serve warm or at room temperature. Sous Vide Option: If you have sous vide equipment, you can make incredibly moist delicious sous vide turkey breasts. Just slice before serving.

Veal Stew with Wine, Zest and Thyme
veal stew in a bowl with bread and salad on side
This veal stew, made with wine, lemon zest and thyme, is rich, flavourful and full-bodied. Perfect for a weeknight meal, company, potluck or leftovers.
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Perhaps instead of brisket? Make-ahead: absolutely – it’s even better the next day warmed up. Instant Pot Option: Here’s a very similar recipe, Instant Pot Veal Stew, if you prefer. Potluck: bring in a large pot and heat on low, stirring occasionally. Add parsley just before serving.

Sous Vide Short Ribs (Boneless Beef)
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If you own a sous vide machine or are planning to get one, do not miss these boneless beef Sous Vide Short Ribs. Beyond easy and mouth watering! Definitely worth the 48 hours they take to cook.
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This would be a fantastic alternative to brisket if you have sous vide equipment. Make Ahead: Yes, in fact 48 hours ahead. You can finish the sous vide part hours ahead and finish it off before serving. Or complete the dish and keep it in a warm oven. Mouth watering! Potluck: Easy to transport.

Grilled BBQ Chicken
Grilled BBQ boneless Chicken thighs on cutting board
The marinade for Grilled BBQ Chicken has been in my family for about 50 years. It looks like regular BBQ sauce, but it's not. We used it on steak, chops and chicken. Easy and always delicious.
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I know this sounds weird for a Passover sedar, but I actually do this one all the time. Under 30 minutes once marinated. Make Ahead and Potluck: The marinating can be done the day before or a few hours before cooking. You can grill the chicken an hour before dinner and keep it warm in a pan, well wrapped with foil or in a warm oven.

Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon
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This rich, mildly smoky Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon is glazed with maple syrup, balsamic, grainy mustard, butter & garlic.  Easy and mouthwatering!
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Make ahead and Potluck: Make it a couple of hours ahead with a full side or two of salmon. Place the planks on a large pan to transport, covered in foil. Serve at room temperature, cutting it into smaller serving pieces on the planks. Wickedly good.

How To Smoke A Brisket In A Smoker
smoked brisket sliced on a cutting board served with salad
How to smoke a brisket in a smoker includes all the best research, experience and tips by guest chef Bob to get you to a tender, mouth watering smoked brisket. We included a great shortcut and step by step instructions that even a novice can follow. 
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OK, not your typical brisket recipe. And not your whip this up in 30 minutes recipe. But if you want to bring something sensational… Make ahead (needs a whole day and a half) and Potluck. 

Baked Fish Fillets with Cherry Tomato Sauce
baked cod fillets covered with cherry tomato sauce over cauliflower spinach rice
A mildly spicy, citrusy cherry tomato sauce with just a few ingredients turns baked fish fillets into a delicious jazzed up dinner in about 20 minutes.
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Not exactly traditional for Passover, but a nice change and great for those who eat fish but not meat. Make ahead: Make the sauce ahead and just roast the fish for 10-12 minutes before serving. 30 minutes. Pescatarian

Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
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Experience incredible aromas and juicy spiced Moroccan chicken with the most scrumptious sweet potato, prune, onion, garlic and apple medley ever. No special equipment needed.
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Perfect for a small group and no tagine needed. Make ahead: Prep veggies the night before. The entire recipe can be cooked ahead and kept warm, loosely covered, for up to an hour without cutting up the chicken

Side Dish Passover Recipes 

Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa
Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa in serving bowl
We love this Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa, loaded with eggplant, corn, peppers and maple-balsamic dressing. Three sides in one colorful dish.
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The vegetables can be roasted instead of grilled. VegetarianMake ahead: All the components for this salad can be made ahead. You just need to assemble the parts and drizzle on the dressing before serving. Potluck: Assemble, cover and transport the salad with the dressing in a container to be added just before serving.

Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing
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Beautiful, delicious and satisfying as a vegetarian main or side, Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing will get rave reviews at your next holiday or dinner event. 
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Make Ahead: All components (squash, onions, dressing) can be made up to a day or two ahead and kept in the fridge, covered. Bring the butternut squash and onions to room temperature before serving or warm them for a minute in the microwave. Potluck: Assemble the salad before transporting. Bring the dressing in a separate container. Before serving, heat the dressing in the microwave, drizzle over the salad and serve. Vegetarian

Spinach Quinoa Salad With Beets
Vibrant Beet, Spinach and Quinoa Salad. Colourful, nutritious and versatile with nuts, apples and goat cheese.
If you're looking for a bold, colorful, earthy, nutritious, textured side dish, this Spinach Quinoa Salad with beets might just fit the bill. It's mixed with apple and avocado, then dressed with a light honey Dijon dressing for great flavors and a beautiful presentation. 
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Under 30 minutes (actually 12 minutes!) Make ahead: Add dressing at least half hour before to meld the flavors. Potluck

Vegetable Stuffing with Quinoa
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You won't miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy, Vegetable Stuffing with quinoa.  It's a great alternative to a traditional stuffing, dressing or any side dish. And takes only 30 minutes to make.
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We recently discovered that quinoa can be eaten during Passover. Vegetarian. Under 30 minutes. Make ahead. Potluck

Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes
Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes in serving dish
A perfect side for Rosh Hashanah or any feast, Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes fuses the delicious, rich flavours of balsamic, maple, orange & cinnamon. 
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This tzimmes recipe is roasted instead of using the more traditional stewed method. Make ahead – see two options in the post. Vegetarian

Easy Roasted Bok Choy and Broccoli Recipe
Roasted Bok Choy and Broccoli with balsamic drizzle and sesame seeds on plate
Tender crisp Roasted Bok Choy and Broccoli makes an easy and healthy 12 minute low calorie side dish. Delicious with a drizzle of balsamic reduction and sprinkle of sesame seeds.
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If you need an easy and healthy 12 minute low calorie option, this is a good one. Under 30 minutesMake ahead: Everything can be prepped ahead of time on a pan and roasted for 6 minutes before serving. Or just warm the completed dish in a hot oven for a few minutes before serving.  (in fact 12 minutes). PotluckBring sesame seeds  and balsamic reduction , if using, in separate containers. Vegetarian.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Grape Relish
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Grape Relish over couscous on plate
This company-worthy whole roasted cauliflower recipe with grape relish becomes a beautiful centerpiece with its bright fruity zesty topping.
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Make Ahead: Earlier in the day, make recipe, then warm cauliflower before serving, topped with relish (also made earlier). Or, do the covered part of the cauliflower roasting ahead of time, then the final uncovered roasting before serving. Potluck: Make and bring the fully roasted cauliflower and grape relish separately. Reheat in a 350F-375F oven for 10-15 minutes and top with relish. Vegetarian

Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipe
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, onions and Apples in a serving bowl
This oven roasted vegetables recipe is simple comfort food. Sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples and rosemary create a delicious side dish. Not to mention healthy and colorful. And never mind that an apple is not a vegetable. It works perfectly. 
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Make ahead: Just follow the directions for roasting several hours ahead or in  the morning. Reheat at 375-425F for about 5-10 minutes. Potluck: Bring to host in pan to reheat before serving (make sure your host has oven space to spare). Vegetarian

Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash Salad
Quinoa and Butternut Squash salad in white serving bowl garnished with sesame seeds
Simple, hearty and healthy, Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash salad with spinach, cranberries and toasted sesame seeds is a delicious vegetarian main dish or side.
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Vegetarian. Make ahead: Serve warm or at room temperature. Potluck

Red Quinoa Salad with Roasted Carrots Recipe
Red quinoa salad with roasted carrots and beets in shallow serving dish
This red quinoa salad is loaded with super healthy greens, roasted carrots and beets, topped with avocado and a delicious orange-balsamic dressing. Yum!
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Hey, substitute the beets with prunes and you practically have a modern Passover tzimmes! VegetarianMake ahead:  Prepare the salad and add the dressing just before serving. Potluck: take dressing separately in  different container and add just before serving.

Lemon Risotto with Grilled Vegetables (Instant Pot)
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Creamy risotto without the constant hands-on stirring? Yes! Instant pot lemon risotto with grilled vegetables takes minimal effort for exceptional results. Ready in 30 minutes.
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Based on the new 2016 rules, rice is now allowed for Passover. You might want to skip the Parmesan cheese for the Passover Seder though. Make ahead: The risotto will keep warm in the instant pot for up to an hour. Or, just make the dish ahead and warm it in the microwave or stovetop, adding extra broth to loosen it up.  30 minutes

Marinated Tomato Salad Recipe
Tomato Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing - sweet, tangy and pretty
This sweet, tangy Marinated Tomato Salad with homemade Catalina dressing creates a colorful side dish even when tomatoes are not at their best.
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Love the vibrant colors! And there’s no need for a salad plate. Easy (especially with a shortcut) and very popular. Vegetarian. Make ahead. Potluck. 

Passover Desserts and Treats

Chocolate Toffee Matzo (trademark recipe)
Famous Matzo Caramel Almond Crunch made with Matzo, butter, brown sugar, chocolate chips and almonds
Looking for a special treat for Passover?  Try this easy Marcy Goldman trademark recipe for chocolate toffee matzo.  It's addictive, especially during Passover when no cake or cookies are eaten. It's also fantastic made with graham crackers instead of matzo - for any holiday treat.
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Make ahead; Vegetarian; Potluck; Under 30 minutes (plus chill time); Gift/loot bag

Crunchy Caramel Pecan Matzo Crack
We dare you to eat just one handful of this Crunchy Caramel Pecan Matzo Crack. It's an addictive twist on the famous Passover treat and we love to eat it as a snack or as a topping for ice cream or berry crisp.
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Similar to the treat above, but even easier. Make ahead; Vegetarian; Potluck; Under 30 minutes; Loot bags.

Berry Crumble (No Bake)
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If you're looking to serve something healthy and light and a few notches above plain berries, this no-bake Berry Crumble is the ticket. Fresh berries topped with a rich nut-date mixture (and whipped cream if you like) - ready in 10 minutes.
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Try this fresh dessert instead of the usual fruit or berry bowl after dinner. Make ahead; Vegetarian; Potluck; Under 30 minutes

Orange Polenta Cake (gluten free)
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This delicious golden gluten-free Orange Polenta Cake is moist, rich and bursting with zesty orange flavor. It's easy to make as it has no layers, no filling and no icing. 
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In the past, corn was not allowed on Passover. Since 2016, it has now been approvedMake Ahead: the cake can be made ahead and kept  covered in the fridge. We suggest bringing it to room temperature before serving or warming it for a few seconds in the microwave. The cake can also be frozen. Potluck friendly. Vegetarian

Chocolate Mousse Dessert with Warm Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Mousse with Warm Caramel Sauce on plate with flower beside it
Elegant and sinfully rich, this Chocolate Mousse Dessert with Warm Caramel Sauce is simply sensational. Your guests will groan with pleasure.
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To die for. Contains dairy. Make ahead; Vegetarian; Potluck.

Chocolate Toffee With Hazelnuts
Chocolate toffee stacked on board with hazelnuts
Chocolate Toffee - buttery, nutty, chocolate-y, crunchy and scrumptious. Like Skor bars, but way better. And much easier to make than you think. 
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A bit more effort, but worth it for a special person or occasion. Outrageously good. Don’t be intimidated to make this treat like we were. We’ve provided clear simple instructions. Make ahead. Vegetarian. Potluck. Gift/loot bag. 

 

 

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