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Easy Potato Latkes

5 from 8 reviews
  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: frying
  • Cuisine: jewish
  • Diet: Kosher


Easy Potato Latkes are the crispy, crunchy, onion flavored potato pancake you crave during the holiday season, but delicious enough to be enjoyed anytime!


  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 medium Vidalia or yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large eggs
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • Applesauce and sour cream (for serving)


Preheat oven to 225°.

Peel potatoes.

Using the large holes of a box grater or the grater disk on a food processor, grate potatoes and onions.

Transfer to a large kitchen towel. Gather ends of towel; twist over sink and squeeze firmly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Open towel; toss mixture to loosen. Gather towel; wring out once more.

Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, pepper, and egg in a medium bowl to blend. Add potato mixture. Using your fingers, mix until well coated. Latke mixture should be wet and thick, not soupy.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with several layers of paper towels. Set a wire rack on top of the paper-towel-lined baking sheet.

Heat enough oil to come about 1/8th of an inch high in a 12 inches nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop a strand of potato in the skillet — if it wiggles and dances your oil is ready.

While your oil preheats, shape the potato mixture into meatball sized ‘latke balls.’

Working in batches add a latke ball to the oil, pressing gently with the back of a spoon or spatula to flatten slightly. Add and flatten more latke balls until your skillet is full, but not overly filled.

Cook latkes 3 minutes per side. You want each side super golden brown. You may need to rotate each latke while it fries so you get even crisping before flipping over.

Transfer latkes to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain, then transfer to prepared wire rack. Place sheet with latkes in the oven to keep warm and crisp while cooking remaining latkes.

Serve warm latkes with applesauce and sour cream.


These are great for appetizers at a party, served with a dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of caviar!

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