Classic Potato Pancake

pancakes with potatoes are a perfect side dish for me. They can be easily and quickly prepared with just a few handy ingredients.


I can not resist the flavor of any potato dish. But these best potato pancake recipe always turn out crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside, so I always want to eat them.

I like to serve these potato pancakes with mushroom sauce or sour cream. If you like potatoes and you have never tried these potato pancakes, cook them according to this recipe and write us your impression.


You can use any kind of potatoes for this potato pancakes recipe. But it would be better to use any of the more starchy types of potatoes.

As for me, I prefer to use Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes for making these amazing potato pancakes.


This perfect side dish is very easy to prepare.

  1. First, blend or grate 4 potatoes and 1 onion. Then, squeeze the excess liquid from this mixture and transfer it to a bowl.
  2. Add 2 eggs and ¼ cup all-purpose flour. Then, season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.

Fry the potato pancakes with some vegetable oil until crispy and golden brown on both sides. Serve warm.


1. You can use a grater instead of a food processor.
2. Also, use a fine strainer or a kitchen towel to squeeze out the excess liquid from the blended/grated potato and onion mixture.
3. You can add more flavor by adding some dried garlic to your potato pancakes.


Yes, you can make these potato pancakes ahead of time, but they will lose their unique taste and crispness.

Potato pancakes prepared according to this recipe turn out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. But if you want to make them ahead you can fry pancakes and let them cool completely on the paper towel-lined plates.

Then, freeze them or refrigerate them. You can reheat these potato pancakes in the skillet, microwave, or oven.



Potato pancakes and potato latkes are almost the same. They are made from potatoes, onion, flour, eggs, salt, and pepper, but there are little differences between potato latkes and potato pancakes.

Usually, potato latkes include baking powder and a binder (matzo meal or breadcrumbs).

Potato pancakes don’t include these ingredients. Also, potato latkes are a traditional side dish for Hanukkah, and potato pancakes are associated with European cuisine.


These crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside potato pancakes can be served with sour cream, horseradish sauce, applesauce, caramelized onions, mushroom sauce.

I prefer to use sour cream with chopped fresh dill or parsley as a dip for these potato pancakes.


Classic Potato Pancake

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Potato pancakes are a perfect side dish for me. They can be easily and quickly prepared with just a few handy ingredients.


  • 4 large potatoes, peeled, cut into quarters;
  • 1 onion, peeled, cut into quarters;
  • 2 eggs;
  • ¼ cup flour;
  • salt, to taste;
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste;
  • vegetable oil, for frying.


    1. Add potato and onion quarters to the food processor. Blend until no lumps remain.
    2. Place a colander over a medium bowl. Transfer the potato and onion mixture to a colander. Then, squeeze out the excess liquid from blended potato and onion mixture. Drain the liquid from the bowl. You don't need to wash the bowl, a little starch should remain at the bottom of the bowl. This starch will make your potato pancakes more textured.
    3. Add potato and onion mixture to the bowl with starch. Add 2 eggs, ¼ cup all-purpose flour. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.
    4. Add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skillet. Heat over medium heat. Then, spoon a pancake batter to the skillet. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until the potato pancake bottoms are golden brown (frying time depends on the size of the potato pancakes). Turn each potato pancake and fry on the other side until golden brown and crispy. Transfer potato pancakes to a paper towel-lined plates. This will help to absorb the excess vegetable oil from the pancakes. Serve immediately.

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  1. I tried it, and my family 😍 love it, I Just put some spray pam and a tablespoon of olive oil in the frying pan and they came 😋 delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Can you bake these in the oven, rather than fry them ?

    • WhatAYummy (SLY)

      Hi Martin! I have never baked these before. I think you can do it, but they won’t have the same texture and taste as fried. Let me know if you try it!

  3. My husband had been hinting (strongly) how much he would enjoy potato pancakes the way his late father used to make. Being a meatless Friday in Lent, and having potatoes and onions on hand, I decided to give your recipe a try. They were outstanding! Easy enough, and full of flavor. We served them with applesauce and sour cream, just as my husband remembered. I have one very happy guy tonight. So, thank you for sharing your recipe!

  4. I’ve tried this reciepe and it’s really easy, time saving and easy.. just loved it😍… I served it with an Indian green chutney and it went very well with it..

  5. Should I cook the potatoes before using them

  6. You can serve with cranberry sauce/cranberry relish as well . Very tasty.

  7. Jacquelyn

    Just like my grandmother used to make. I’m Polish. We serve with both sour cream and apple sauce. Thanks!

  8. We enjoy a combination of sour cream and molasses on our potato pancakes

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