Delicious and Crispy Potato Latkes Recipe

Welcome, darlings!

Today, I am excited to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes, Potato Latkes! This classic potato pancake is a staple of Jewish cuisine and one that I have been perfecting for many years.

Now, let me tell you, my friends, there is nothing quite like the crispy and delicious texture of a homemade latke. Made from grated potatoes and onion, mixed with matzo meal or flour, and fried in oil until golden brown, these little pancakes are the epitome of comfort food.

Not only are they easy to make, but they also have a unique ability to turn even the most boring meal into something special. And trust me when I say this – once you taste my latkes, there’s no going back to those boxed mixes.

So grab your aprons and your grater, and let’s get started on making the perfect Potato Latkes together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Potato Latkes
Potato Latkes

Potato latkes are the classic dish that delights everyone, from kids to adults. This easy-to-make and satisfying recipe is perfect for any occasion.

What makes this recipe so special? Well, just think about it – a crispy classic potato pancake made with grated potatoes, onion, egg, flour, and matzo meal. It’s simple, yet so flavorful! I can assure you, making latkes from scratch is an experience that will leave you feeling accomplished and ready to impress your friends and family.

What makes my potato latkes stand out is the perfect combination of russet potatoes and onions. These ingredients are coarsely shredded with a box grater to create a delightful texture that will make your taste buds dance. When combined with a touch of matzo meal and flour, they form perfect golden-brown cakes when pan-fried.

The recipe is easy to follow and gives excellent results every time. You can serve it at any time of day – for breakfast or brunch with eggs, for lunch with some salad or soups, or even as a side dish with steak or fish for dinner.

But perhaps one of the best things about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can add mashed sweet potatoes, yukon gold or even use baking potatoes for more traditional potato latkes. Additionally, you can try different seasonings like garlic powder or cumin to give your latkes a distinctively unique flavor.

In conclusion, this crispy classic potato latke recipe is simple yet so satisfying, versatile and easy to customize. It’s just perfect for any meal or occasion!

Ingredient List

 Crispy and golden brown Potato Latkes coming straight out of the pan!
Crispy and golden brown Potato Latkes coming straight out of the pan!

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 2 pounds (1kg) of russet potatoes, peeled and grated (use a box grater or food processor)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and grated
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil, for frying (approximately 1 cup)
  • Optional – matzo meal, to form the potato latkes

We use a combination of grated potatoes and onions to make classic potato latkes. The all-purpose flour, baking powder, and beaten eggs make up the batter. The baking powder adds some lightness to the texture. Our recipe uses salted vegetable oil for frying, but you may substitute any high smoke point oil available. Feel free to use matzo meal if you want a more traditional style or to fine-tune the thickness of your pancake batter mix.

The Recipe How-To

 Behold the perfect balance of flavor and texture in our Potato Latkes
Behold the perfect balance of flavor and texture in our Potato Latkes

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

First things first, to make classic potato latkes, grate potatoes and onion with a box grater or food processor – this will save you time and effort, especially if you’re making a large batch of latkes. Add the shredded vegetables to a large bowl and stir in two beaten eggs, three tablespoons of matzo meal, and a tablespoon of all-purpose flour.

Step 2: Mix the Batter

Using your hands, combine the mixture well so that there are no lumps or inconsistencies. Add additional matzo meal or flour as necessary to achieve the right texture – one that should be thick enough to form cohesive patties without being too dense.

Step 3: Fry the Latkes

In a large skillet or frying pan, coat a generous amount of oil and heat it over medium-high heat. Once hot, add spoonfuls of your batter into the pan and flatten them into patties using a spatula. Fry each latke for about 2-3 minutes on each side until they are golden brown and crispy.

Once done cooking, transfer the latkes onto a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy!

Serve your crispy classic potato latkes with applesauce or sour cream on top – this is what I love to do during Hanukkah! You can also try different toppings like smoked salmon or caviar for some extra luxury.

Enjoy your homemade potato pancakes made with grated potatoes, onion, egg, matzo meal, and some seasoned salt. They’re easy and simple to make yet deliciously satisfying – perfect for brunch or just as a snack anytime you’re craving something sweet or savory!

Substitutions and Variations

 These Potato Latkes are bound to become your favorite snack for any occasion
These Potato Latkes are bound to become your favorite snack for any occasion

My potato latkes are delicious as-is, but there are many ways to switch up the recipe and experiment with different flavors. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Sweet Potato Latkes: Trade out the classic potato for sweet potatoes instead. Mashed sweet potatoes can be used in place of the traditional grated potatoes to make a different twist on the recipe.

– Zucchini Latkes: Swap out the grated potatoes for coarsely shredded zucchini. This version is light, crispy and has a slightly delicate flavor that tastes great dipped in sour cream or any other dipping sauce.

– Carrot and Parsnip Latkes: Combine peeled cut russet potatoes with finely grated carrots and parsnips to make a sweet variation of potato latkes. The mix will add an extra crunch and sweetness.

– Onion-Free Latkes: If you don’t enjoy onions, skip them in your recipe for potato pancakes made without onion. You can replace the onion with another fresh vegetable like bell peppers or celery, which will give your latkes an incredible aroma and taste change.

– Gluten-Free Latkes: Use matzo meal or all-purpose flour gluten-free blends instead of traditional baking powder to form potato latkes. Substitute almond flour for a nuttier taste or use chickpea flour to give them a little more protein.

Try these variations on my basic recipe, because by switching it up – you’ll be amazed at how different types of vegetable combinations work together!

Serving and Pairing

 Our perfectly crisp Potato Latkes are the perfect solution for any potato cravings
Our perfectly crisp Potato Latkes are the perfect solution for any potato cravings

I love serving potato latkes as a meal or as an appetizer for any festive occasion. These crispy classic potato pancakes can be served with a dollop of sour cream and applesauce on top, traditional toppings that provide a balance of creamy, sweet and sour flavors. You can also serve them plain, sprinkled with kosher salt, alongside a glass of cold beer for an easy and satisfying snack.

If you want to add some sweetness to your potato latkes, try serving them with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup on top. This will transform the traditional potato pancake into a deliciously sweet treat that is perfect for breakfast or brunch.

For a more savory option, you can serve your latkes with smoked salmon and crème fraiche. The smoothness of the crème fraiche pairs perfectly with the slightly salty flavor of the smoked salmon, creating an unforgettable culinary experience.

For those who like to experiment with spices, you can also consider pairing your latkes with spicy Jalapeno jelly or hot sauce. The combination of crispy potatoes and spicy flavor will add a punch to your taste buds.

Overall, potato latkes are versatile food that can be paired well with many dishes, from sweet to savory. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen and try out different toppings to find your perfect match.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Don't forget the apple sauce! Our latkes are made to be paired with this classic condiment
Don’t forget the apple sauce! Our latkes are made to be paired with this classic condiment

As much as I would love to eat potato latkes fresh every time, sometimes it’s just not possible. Luckily, potato latkes freeze really well and can be easily reheated for a quick and satisfying meal. Here are some tips on how to make-ahead, store, and reheat potato latkes.


If you are planning on making these for a party or special occasion, you can prepare the batter ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to cook the latkes, simply give the batter a good stir before frying.


If you have any leftover latkes, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It’s important to note that they will lose some of their crispy texture after being refrigerated, but they will still taste great!


To freeze the latkes, let them cool completely and then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for about 1 hour or until fully frozen. Once frozen, transfer the latkes to a freezer-safe bag or container and label it with the date. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.


There are two ways to reheat potato latkes — using an oven or using a microwave.

Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F. Place the frozen or refrigerated latkes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until heated through.

Microwave: Place the frozen or refrigerated latkes on a microwave-safe plate and heat at full power for about 30 seconds per side or until heated through.

Remember, no matter how you choose reheating method; be gentle when reheating so you don’t burn or overcook them. These easy-to-make classic potato pancakes made of grated potatoes, onion, egg, flour and matzo meal can be enjoyed sweet or savory, mashed or simply shredded – whichever way you like it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The aroma of our Potato Latkes will quickly fill up any kitchen
The aroma of our Potato Latkes will quickly fill up any kitchen

When it comes to making latkes, having the right tips can make all the difference. As an Israeli chef with years of experience, I have picked up some key tips to make sure your latkes come out perfectly every time.

Firstly, make sure your potatoes and onion are drained properly. This will ensure that your latkes aren’t too watery and won’t fall apart during cooking. After you grate them, place them in a colander or cheesecloth and squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible.

Next, be patient when frying your latkes. Resist the urge to flip them too early as they need time to form a golden crust. Once they’re cooked on one side, use a spatula to gently flip them over and cook until the other side is equally golden brown.

Don’t shy away from seasoning your latkes well – adding enough salt to the mix will bring out the natural flavours of the potatoes and onion. Additionally, using matzo meal instead of all-purpose flour will give your latkes a crispy texture that everyone loves.

If you’re pressed for time, consider using a food processor to shred your potatoes and onion instead of a box grater manually. This allows you to prepare more ingredients in less time while still achieving that perfect coarsely shredded texture.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and toppings for your latkes – from sweet potato latkes drizzled with maple syrup to savoury latkes topped with smoked salmon and sour cream. The possibilities are endless!


Before we close this article, I want to address some frequently asked questions that might arise as you prepare your potato latkes. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a beginner, it’s always helpful to have some additional tips and suggestions to ensure your latkes come out perfectly every time. So, let’s get right into it.

What is the difference between potato pancakes and latkes?

When it comes to potato-based dishes, potato pancakes and latkes may seem similar, but they actually have distinct differences in texture and appearance. Potato pancakes are soft and creamy inside, while crispy and golden on the outside. Meanwhile, latkes are expected to be richly browned, with lacey and light edges. It’s important to keep in mind that latkes shouldn’t be confused with hash browns.

What type of potatoes are best for latkes?

When it comes to making latkes, using Russet potatoes is the clear choice. Their abundance of starch ensures that the latkes hold together without the need for flour.

What is the best oil to fry latkes in?

When preparing latkes, it’s essential to use an oil with a high smoke point to avoid bitterness during frying. Therefore, it’s recommended to steer clear of olive oil and instead opt for oils like canola or peanut oil. This will ensure your latkes cook evenly over high heat without compromising their flavors.

Can I shred potatoes in advance for latkes?

When preparing latkes, it’s possible to grate the potatoes up to 3 hours ahead of time. Although they might turn an unappetizing pinkish brown color, don’t fret – once they’re fried to a crisp golden, the color won’t be noticeable. During the resting period, the shredded potatoes will release a lot of liquid, so it’s necessary to drain and discard the excess liquid prior to mixing with flour, eggs, and other ingredients for the recipe.

Bottom Line


As a lover of good food, I encourage you to try this easy, yet delicious Potato Latkes Recipe. Whether you are looking for a simple and traditional potato pancake or something with a sweet twist, this recipe offers versatility that will leave everyone in your family satisfied.

With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, this recipe guides you through the process of making crispy, classic latkes that no one can resist. From grated potatoes and onions to matzo meal, eggs, and purpose flour, each ingredient serves a unique purpose. It’s hard to resist the aroma of pan-fried latkes made at home.

If you are someone who has been looking for a tasty dish that can be made ahead and reheated anytime with the same freshness, then look no further than these easy-to-make potato latkes. With just a few adjustments to the recipe, you can create your own variations according to your preferences.

So what are you waiting for? Make your day memorable by making these delicious potato latkes today! And don’t forget to share your experience by leaving a comment below.

Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 32 latkes
Calories 29.2 kcal


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons matzo meal
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and shredded (4c.)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil


  • In a large bowl, combine egg, meal, 1/8t.
  • salt and a dash pepper.
  • Rinse potatoes; pat dry with paper towels.
  • Stir potatoes and onion into egg mixture.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1/4c.
  • cooking oil over med.
  • heat.
  • For each latke, spoon about 2T.
  • batter into the hot oil; spread to make a circle about 2 1/2" in diameter.
  • Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes or until golden brown; turn and cook on the other side the same amount of time.
  • Add more oil during the cooking as necessary.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with applesauce or sour cream.
  • Makes approximately 32 latkes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1000gCalories: 29.2kcalCarbohydrates: 5.2gProtein: 0.8gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 6.6mgSodium: 4mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, Hanukkah, Healthy, Low Protein, Potato, Vegetable
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