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Easiest Matzo Balls

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Easiest Matzo Balls are kosher for Passover and so simple to make. They are absolutely delicious, dairy free, and vegetarian – made with oil, not fat.

3 matzo balls in chicken soup in a white bowl with a spoon on a white wood background

Matzo soup is a basic at a Jewish Ashkenazi Passover table, at the seder.

What is Passover, you ask? Passover is a holiday that was dictated by God to the Jews after their exodus from Egypt, when God freed them from slavery.

The holiday lasts 7 days in Israel and 8 everywhere else. There is a celebratory (so to speak) meal called a seder, which is held on the first night in Israel and on the first two nights everywhere else.

The seder (which means order) is actually done in a particular order with certain foods and blessings, while it retells of the exodus from Egypt as per Jewish laws that pertain to Passover.

While there are a lot of food restrictions during the week of Passover, Matzo ball soup is one of the things we look forward to.

While some people describe matzo balls as Jewish dumplings, that is not correct. There is no dough and no filling. These are just balls made out of matzo, egg, and a few other ingredients for flavor and consistency.

This recipe using baking powder, but I have been told that seltzer water works also (I have never tried it, so I have no idea what the substitution would be – sorry).

By the way, while some of you might be tempted to yell, “Baking powder? That’s a leavener! Leaveners are not kosher for Passover!”

Let me now inform you that this is not so. It is the natural leaveners that leaven by fermentation that are not kosher for Passover. Baking powder is chemical and therefore just fine. Just make sure it is kosher for Passover and labelled: Kosher for Passover, P, or KP.

In fact, according to the CRC (a recognized authority on what is kosher): “Baking soda doesn’t need special Pesach certification. Baking powder does.” Note: Pesach = Passover, in Hebrew.

But, of course, always check with your own rabbinical source if you have any kosher or kosher for Passover questions.

A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

Food on Passover

Torah observant Jews do not eat chametz (the fermented products of five grains: wheat, spelt, barley, oats and rye).

In addition, Torah observant Ashkenazi Jews do not eat kitniyot (or kitniyos as pronunced in Ashkenazi Hebrew). These include: legumes, corn, rice, and similar that were deemed forbidden to eat by rabbis in the medieval period and are still not eaten today. Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews do not follow this tradition.

Many ovservant Ashkenazi Jews will not even eat the derivatives of these kitniyot, while others do (each family holds their own traditions regarding this).

Then, there are Ashkenazim who don’t eat “gebrochts”.

Gebrochts means “broken” in Yiddish – and in this case refers to matza that has absorbed liquid. Not eating gebrochts is observed by many in the Hasidic Jewish community and Ashkenazim who have taken on this tradition where they basically don’t mix anything wet with matza.

So, things like matzo sandwhiches, fried matzo, and even matzo balls are a no-no for them.

There is a joke that sums it all up:

On Passover, we should remember people who have little to eat on this holiday. They are called Ashkenazim.

Over the years, I have learned to adapt “normal” food for passover so that my family won’t complain about boring, tasteless, or repetitive meals.

I find that having good food and variety makes the week of Passover a very pleasant experience and I hope this recipe will help make yours just that!

Want other recipes that can be made during the week of Passover? There are tons on this site! Here are some, but just do a search for “Passover” or click on the Passover tab and enjoy!

Yield: 12 - 14 balls

Easiest Matzo Balls

3 matzo balls in chicken soup in a white bowl with a spoon on a white wood background

Perfect medium-fluffy matzo balls are vegetarian and kosher for Passover!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup matzo meal or matzo cake meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder **
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Combine matzo meal, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder together in a bowl.
  2. Add eggs, oil, and water. Mix well.
  3. Let sit for approximately 10 - 15 minutes until mixture thickens.
  4. Form balls of approximately 1 inch in diameter.
  5. Drop into boiling chicken soup and boil for approximately 15 minutes (the balls should become around double the size).


** While baking powder is a leavener, it does not leaven through fermentation but rather though chemical reaction, so it is kosher for passover and you can find it labelled as such.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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