Crispy Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Latkes are part of a traditional Hanukkah meal, but these potato pancakes make a terrific treat any time of year. Enjoy them at their finest by adding a dollop of sour cream and some homemade applesauce as accompaniments.

Crispy Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Crispy Potato Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Yield: about 18 latkes (potato pancakes)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Part of a classic Hanukkah meal, these potato latkes (potato pancakes) are crispy, delicious and easy to make.


  • 2-1/2 pounds (about 4 large) Idaho potatoes, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sour cream and applesauce for serving


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and white pepper until well blended. Set aside.
  2. Using the shredding disk of a food processor or the large holes of a box grater, grate the potatoes.
  3. Working with about half of the shredded potatoes at a time, place them on a double thickness of cheesecloth, gather up the ends and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
  4. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl, stir in the eggs and onion until well mixed.
  5. Place about 1/4-inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. While the oil heats, add the flour mixture to the potatoes and combine well.
  6. Using a large slotted spoon, place 2 tablespoon portions of the potato mixture in the hot oil, pressing them into patties about 3-inches in diameter. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes per side. Don't overcrowd the pan - you will probably need to fry the latkes in three separate batches.
  7. Once the latkes are cooked, transfer them to a paper towel-lined platter to absorb any excess oil. Latkes can be kept in a warm oven (200°F), loosely wrapped in foil until ready to serve.

Serve with sour cream and homemade applesauce.


Recipe Notes:

Latkes reheat very well, so if you want to make them ahead of time, feel free. You don't need to worry that you'll be compromising taste or quality.