As the time for celebrating Passover Seder draws near, I become more and more excited to share all the ways we can celebrate Jesus through this wonderful feast!
Whether this is your first time celebrating a Passover Seder meal or you are looking for new recipes or festive meal ideas to enjoy, today’s post has plenty of recipes and Passover meals to choose from.
In this article:
- We’ll talk about a traditional Seder meal
- Next, we’ll go over a list of less traditional, more modern Passover meal ideas and a plan for a Passover meal
- I’ll also share my favorite Passover recipes!
Plus, some answers to frequently asked Seder questions — and more.
Let’s get cooking!
What is a traditional Seder meal?
At a traditional Passover table or a Seder (the name of this ritual meal), there are several types of foods and dishes that are prepared. Each carries special meaning for Jews, has a rich historical significance, and must be kosher for Passover. Chicken matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, matzah (a type of dry bread), bitter herbs, matzo brei (Ashkenazi Jews make this), kosher wine, and charoset are all traditional Passover foods.
A particular tradition includes drinking four cups of wine. The four cups represent the process of sanctification. Each cup helps us remember God's promise of deliverance given in Exodus 6:6-7.
Special ingredients are also used to create what is called a Seder plate.
What is served at a family Seder dinner:
- Zeroa (Shankbone)
- Beitzah (Egg)
- Maror and Chazeret (Bitter Herbs)
- Charoset (Paste)
- Karpas (Vegetable)
Each element symbolizes different aspects of the biblical account that is being remembered, namely, that of God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt, including when He passed over them in the final plague on the eve of their exodus.
There is even a special order to how these symbolic foods are arranged on the Seder plate as well as the order in which they are eaten! (The word ‘seder’ literally means order, so it makes sense!) You can read more about that in the FAQ section at the bottom of this article.
But for those without a Jewish background who still want to embrace the holiday in a Christ-honoring way, what traditional Passover recipes can we prepare instead?
Passover Meal Ideas
Passover meal ideas can include lamb, fish, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, and more. Other traditional Jewish dishes like charoset and seasoned hard-boiled eggs (you can find my “disciple eggs” recipe below) are wonderful as well.
Here is a list of Passover foods to choose from!
List of Passover Seder Foods
- Horseradish deviled eggs
- Roasted asparagus
- Fruit salad
- Matzo ball soup
- Baked salmon
- Roast chicken
- Chicken thighs with gravy
- Tzimmes (a special dish made of root vegetables, dried fruit, and roasted carrots)
- Gefilte fish
- Potato kugel
- Roast beef
- Israeli salad
- Chicken schnitzel
- Chocolate fudge pie
- Flourless chocolate cake
- Matzo balls
Seder Meals Menu
My seder meal and passover dinner include a recipe of family favorites, flavored with Jewish customs and Biblically-inspired ideas. Combined together we get to experience all the flavors of God’s goodness and please all members of the family.
If trying to narrow down your menu, I have put together a full Passover dinner menu with Bible diet approved foods for you! Check it out:
Entree: Roasted Leg of Lamb
Sides: Quinoa and Parsley Salad, Charoset, Roasted Asparagus, Disciple Eggs
Dessert: Chocolate Fudge Pie, Baked Fruit with Strawberry ToppingYou can also learn more about turning this meal into memories celebrating Jesus through the Biblical feasts (including Passover) with my free Biblical Feasts course, which include devotionals, meal plans, festivity ideas and more.
The following seven recipes are wonderful options for Passover but there are many more to choose from! In fact, I have put together a Passover recipes booklet giving you plenty of recipes to enjoy. Download it for a handy digital reference or print it up to keep in the kitchen as a holiday cookbook. There is something here for everyone.
And now, are you ready to jump into the Passover cooking fun?
Roasted Leg of Lamb
Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 1 hr 45 mins Resting Time: 25 mins Total Time: 2 hrs 40 mins Serves: 8
- 7 pound Leg of Lamb bone-in or boneless, fat trimmed to 1/4 inch thick
- 4 Garlic Cloves
- 1 tablespoon Real Salt
- 2 tablespoons Chopped Fresh Rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/4 cup Dry Red Wine or beef broth
- Pat lamb dry and score fat by making shallow cuts all over with the tip of a sharp knife.
- Pound garlic to a paste with sea salt using a mortar and pestle (or mince and mash with a heavy knife); stir together with rosemary and pepper. Put lamb in a lightly oiled roasting pan; rub paste all over lamb. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Roast lamb in the middle of the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted 2 inches into the thickest part of meat (do not touch bone) registers 130°F (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours). Transfer to a cutting board and let stand for 15 to 25 minutes (internal temperature will rise to about 140°F for medium-rare).
- Add broth to the pan and de-glaze by boiling over moderately high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits for 1 minute. Season pan juices with salt and pepper and serve with lamb.
It might feel intimidating to cook a lamb if this is your first time. Watch me take you through the steps in this cooking class video:
Quinoa and Parsley Salad
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Total Time: 40 mins Serves: 4
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 3/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
- 3 tbsp. fresh juice of lemon
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/4 tbsp. salt
- 1/4 tbsp. black pepper
- 1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seed kernels toasted
- Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Spoon into a bowl, fluff with a fork. Add parsley, celery, onions, and apricots.
- Whisk juice of lemon, oil, honey, salt, and black pepper.
- Add to quinoa mixture; toss well.
- Top with pumpkin seed kernels; garnish with dried apricots. Serve and enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Total Time: 30 mins Serves: 6
- 3 Apples peeled and diced
- 1 cup Walnuts toasted, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon ground
- 1 teaspoon Organic Cane Sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- Stir together cinnamon, sugar, juice and honey.
- Add mixture to apples and walnut.
- Chill or serve immediately.
Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 5 mins Serves: 8
- 1 Pound Fresh Asparagus
- 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon Real Salt or to taste
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus. Discard ends.
- Place the asparagus on the sheet; drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons oil, just enough to lightly coat the asparagus. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the asparagus, and toss until the spears are lightly coated in oil.
- Arrange the spears in a single layer on the pan.
- Bake just until the base of the asparagus is easily pierced through by a fork. Thin asparagus takes 9 to 12 minutes; thicker asparagus will need 15 to 20 minutes.
- Transfer roasted asparagus to serving platter; season to desire. Keep it simple with a squeeze of lemon juice, a sprinkle of Parmesan, add a pat of butter, or drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
- Roasted asparagus is best served when it’s fresh out of the oven, but will keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour or up to 4 days in the refrigerator (reheat before serving).
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Total Time: 20 mins Servings: 24
- 1 Dozen Eggs
- 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon Pickle Relish
- 1/4 Teaspoon Real Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1/8 Teaspoon Paprika
- Place eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn stove off, cover, let sit for 10-12 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
- Slice eggs in half. Remove yolks. Mix in a bowl with desired ingredients.
- Spoon yolk mixture back into egg whites.
Chocolate Fudge Pie
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins Serves: 8
- 1 Teaspoon Organic Unsweetened Cocoa
- 8 Ounces Organic Bittersweet Chocolate coarsely chopped
- 1/2 Cup Organic Butter
- 3/4 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
- 3 Large Eggs beaten
- 1 Teaspoon All-Natural Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes or Shredded
- 2 Tablespoon Organic Powdered Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray, and dust with cocoa.
- Melt chopped chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth; whisk in 3/4 cup sugar, whisking until blended.
- Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in chocolate mixture, whisking until blended. Pour into the prepared pie plate.
- Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until edges are dry and the center is set. (Do not over bake.)
- Cool in pie plate on a wire rack 30 minutes or until completely cool. (Cake will fall slightly when removed from the oven.) Dust with 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar just before serving.
Baked Fruit Delight with Strawberry Topping
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Total Time: 40 mins Serves: 10
- 6 Apples chopped
- 8 Dates chopped
- 1 Cup Currants
- 1 Cup Blueberries frozen
- 1 Cup Pineapple crushed with juice
- 3/4 Cup Walnuts chopped – or pecans
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 Orange juiced
- 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 Cup Cashews
- 6 Ounces Frozen Strawberries thawed
- 2 Dates
- Chop apples, dates and walnuts similar sizes.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix fruits and nuts in large bowl.
- Mix in small bowl cinnamon, nutmeg, water, orange juice and lemon zest. Then combine all ingredients.
- Put in a covered pan and bake for 30 minutes or until all fruit is soft.
- Blend together ingredients for Strawberry Topping. Great served warm or cold!
Watch me prepare this delicious dessert here!
Frequently Asked Questions
It is good to learn more about this wonderful festive holiday. Here are a couple of frequently asked questions about the original Passover meal!
What's the difference between a 6 food and 7 ingredient Seder plate?
The traditional Seder plate contains six elements that are kosher for Passover: the matzah, zeroa, beitzah, maror and chazeret, charoset, and the karpas. There is a symbolic seventh element – matzos – but it is not considered a part of the actual plate.
What is the order of the Seder meal?
There are fifteen steps to the Seder dinner that Jewish people observe. They are:
- Urchatz - Wash your hands
- Karpas - Appetizer
- Yachatz - Break the middle matzah
- Maggid - Tell the story of Exodus
- Rachtzah - Wash your hands again
- Motzi - Blessing over bread
- Maror - Bitter herbs
- Korech - The hillel sandwich
- Shulchan Orech - the festive meal
- Tzafun - Eat the Afikomen
- Beirach - Grace after meals
- Hallel - Psalms of praise
I encourage you to study more about the details of this Jewish holiday dinner, it is very special.
From the spiritual significance of the lamb (there is a reason Jesus is referred to as our Passover Lamb in Scripture, and it's beautiful) to the stunning reminders this feast gives us of the Lord's faithfulness, every element is worth understanding.
Happy passover seder, my friends!