Matzoh Brei

By • September 15, 2009 • 12 Comments



Author Notes: Matzoh brei is my Proustian madeleine. It brings me back to the Saturday mornings of my youth, and never fails to comfort me, whether I make it for breakfast or as an easy dinner alone in my apartment. Being a slightly Jewish foodstuff, there is, of course, a grand debate over whether matzoh brei is whether it should be savory or sweet. Personally, I will only eat it savory and scorn those who top matzoh brei with maple syrup or powdered sugar. I am also wary of those people who like it savory yet add ingredients like dill, sauteed onions or sour cream into the mix. The perfect matzoh brei is not too crispy or well done, but rather slightly gooey and full of matzoh chunks and made only with eggs, matzoh, and milk. It should taste like the Jewish lovechild of scrambled eggs and bread pudding. lauren

Food52 Review: WHO: lauren is a food writer and author based in New York City.
WHAT: A savory, milk-soaked matzoh scramble.
HOW: Soak matzoh in milk and eggs, and then scramble in butter.
WHY WE LOVE IT: While matzoh brei can be savory or sweet -- with different add-ins and toppings -- this is the straight-shooting, salt-and-peppery savory type. As lauren puts it, this matzoh brei "should taste like the Jewish lovechild of scrambled eggs and bread pudding. " We couldn't have said it better ourselves -- we're too busy making a second batch.
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Serves 3 to 4

  • 6 eggs (preferably organic/free range)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 pieces unsalted plain matzoh
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  1. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl. Add the milk, salt, and pepper, and whisk until smooth.
  2. Rinse the pieces of matzoh under cold water until moist. Break up into small pieces (about 1") and add to the egg mixture. With a wooden spoon, stir the egg mixture and make sure each piece of matzoh is well-coated with egg. Let sit about a minute to moisten.
  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan (nonstick will work best for this) over medium-high heat. Once the butter begins to foam at the edges, add the egg mixture to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir the egg mixture from time to time, scraping up the bits that have stuck to the bottom. The eggs should be served slightly wet and gooey, after about five to seven minutes, but since eggs are a very personal matter, you can cook them for more time if desired. Adjust seasoning if desired, and serve immediately.
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about 1 year ago Scottsdale Bubbe

Try it with real maple syrup. A little goes a long way.

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over 1 year ago Lemongrass&Lime

I had never heard of brei before this post. Sounds delicious. Thanks for broadening my understanding of matzoh and Jewish home cooking.

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over 1 year ago Daniel Decline

awesome - I topped this off with poppy seeds and a generous helping of horse radish

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over 1 year ago amysarah

This is pretty much how I do it too - only difference is I break up the matzoh and soak the pieces in warm water for a minute or two, before draining well and mixing in the beaten eggs/milk (like my mother & grandmother did.) I agree about no seasoning besides salt and a good grinding of black pepper - but when my kids were little, they loved it with a little honey drizzled over the top of the cooked eggs. Still do actually.

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over 1 year ago alimarcus

I was raised to only used "egg and onion" matzah and otherwise, this recipe is spot on! I didn't even really know other people made this dish with regularity, what a treat! It was the first thing I learned how to cook - I was about 7 years old, standing on a kitchen chair alongside the stove with my Grandma.

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over 1 year ago dymnyno

I have never tried this recipe but it sounds perfect for this weekend!

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the WC!! This is so simple and delicious I love this recipe!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

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Ha! This was pretty much our breakfast this morning! Congrats on the WC.

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over 1 year ago Marian Bull

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I am obsessed with this dish. I have used whole wheat matzoh with great success. Three cheers for insanely easy comfort food.

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over 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

I make my matzoh brei exactly like this, with tons of black pepper. Sometimes I skip the wetting-the-matzoh-in-water part and let it soak a bit longer in the milk. So good.

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over 1 year ago vivanat

I had never made matzo brei with milk until today, so I took this advice and skipped the water. Amazing!

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almost 5 years ago Eric Liftin

I agree with all of this. This is the exact right matzoh brei. Perfect.