22 recipes to fill your Seder table this Passover

Matzo Ball Soup, braised brisket and more delicious dishes for kitniyot and kitniyot-free feasts.

Matzo Ball Soup, braised brisket and more delicious dishes for kitniyot and kitniyot-free feasts

(Photo, left: Leila Ashtari; middle: CBC Life; right: David Loftus)

Despite its deep entrenchment in tradition, Pesach is the kind of holiday that requires a certain amount of ingenuity — particularly when it comes to cooking. Whether or not you rid your entire home of chametz, avoid kitniyot as many Ashkenazi Jews do or serve it on the Seder table as is common in Sephardic and Mizrahi traditions, there is always some level of strategy involved. To put together a delicious arrangement of foods that aren't off limits, sure, but also to find a balance between the beloved recipes that have travelled, handwritten on scraps of lined paper, through generations and that dish that you saw on Instagram recently that you've been dreaming about tasting ever since. 

With that in mind, we've rounded up a collection of recipes to pick and choose from to help fill out your Seder menu, whatever it may look like this Passover. They are curated to suit meat- or dairy-based meals with options for vegetarian and fish mains included. Some propose a different method for approaching a fussy favourite, such as Amy Rosen's from-scratch gefilte fish that's made in an easy-to-slice loaf, whereas others take their inspiration directly from the Seder plate

While most sides that we've included are free of dairy to allow for maximum pairing options — aside from a few instances where butter can be subbed out for margarine — some of the vegetarian entrees do include cheese. 

**Certain recipes also call for packaged goods, such as icing sugar or mayonnaise, that are traditionally chametz, kitniyot or both; we've made note of the recipes where you may want to seek out a kosher for Passover version of a product. 


Matzo Ball Soup

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Gefilte Fish Loaf

(Photography by Ryan Szulc)

Passover Board with Sweet & Smoky Deviled Eggs**

(Photography by Lisa Dawn Bolton)

Without kitniyot

Wine-Braised Brisket with Pomegranate Seeds**

(Photo credit: Debi Traub)

Baked Salmon with Fennel and Blood Orange

BBQ Chimichurri Chicken

(Photo credit: Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett)

Mahi — Sea Bass with Cilantro and Walnut Relish

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Charoset Quinoa

(Photography by David Loftus)

No-Fry Eggplant Parmesan**

(Credit: Allison Day)

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Heirloom Carrots

Eggplant Borani

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

With kitniyot

Maple Tamarind Glazed Salmon**

(Photography: Barry C. Parsons)

Khorak Bademjoon — Eggplant Stew

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Broccoli Walnut Slaw

(Photography by Debi Traub)

Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad

(Photo: Shayma Owaise Saadat)

Sabzi Polow — Fragrant Herbed Rice

(Photography by Betty Binon)

For dessert

Mini Pavlovas**

Chocolate Mascarpone Pudding**

(Photo credit: Jackson Roy)

Mango Vanilla Mousse**

(Credit: Nassima Rothacker)

Flourless Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almonds**

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Two-ingredient Chocolate Mousse**

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