Michel Roux Jr.'s potato cakes with salmon recipe

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Michelin starred-chef Michel Roux Jr. has devised these delicious potato pancakes for you to make at home - a perfect dinner-party opener or a tasty light lunch

Preparation Time10 mins plus resting time
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeMid

Make yourself a Michelin-starred meal with these gorgeous crispy potato cakes topped with smoked salmon.

These potato cakes with salmon have been created by Michel Roux Jr - the double Michelin-starred head chef of swanky London restaurant, Le Gavroche. But don't worry - you don't need to be a trained chef to make them. This recipe is easy for home cooks; the portion sizes are generous and you don't need to source any elusive ingredients. These make a lovely family brunch (for 4) and they're really quick to make. They only take 10 minutes to prep and another 10 or so to cook. Just factor in an extra 30 minutes for the grated potatoes to rest.


For the potato cakes:

  • 6 washed Rooster potatoes
  • 1 peeled onion, finely sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp of plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

To finish:

  • 8 slices of smoked salmon
  • 4 tbsp of sour cream
  • 1 bunch of chopped chives




  1. Coarsely grate the potatoes and leave for 30 mins. Then drain and rinse under cold water. Gently press between your hands to dry.
  2. Add the onion, eggs, flour and baking powder. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour a generous amount of oil in a frying pan and heat until smoking hot.
  4. Spoon the potato batter into the pan to form little patties about 5cm wide. Allow to fry for a few minutes, then flip over to colour on each side. When brown and crisp, drain on paper towel.
  5. Serve warm with the smoked salmon and sour cream mixed with the chopped chives.

Top tips for making these potato cakes with salmon...

If you're making this for the family and smoked salmon is too strong a fishy flavour for your kids, swap it for rashers of crispy bacon instead.

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Michel Roux Jr.
Michelin-starred celebrity chef

Michel Roux Jr. was born in Kent where he was brought up around cooking. His earliest memories are playing in the kitchens where his father, the famous Albert Roux, worked as a private chef for the Cazelet family. He left school at 16 and worked he was around the Paris restaurant scene learning how to cook his now signature style of classic French food with a modern twist. 

In 1991 Michel took over his father and uncle’s restaurant La Gavroche. It has since been awarded three Michelin stars- the first ever in the UK- and was the first-ever Michelin-starred restaurant to offer a set-price lunch to make fine dining more accessible. Michel is now best known for presenting BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals and the ‘Great British Food Revival.’ Michel also has a number of best-selling recipe books, including  The French Revolution, which aims to teach you simple yet delicious French recipes from scratch. If you’re looking to impress your friends and family with tasty dishes, sauces, and pastries, try our Michel Roux Jr's recipes.