Potato pancakes recipe

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These potato pancakes are not only great for breakfast, they're perfect for Pancake Day and are cheap, quick & easy too

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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories189 Kcal9%
Sugar1.4 g2%
Fat5.5 g8%
Saturated Fat0.6 g3%
Salt0.01 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein4.5 g9%
Carbohydrates32.1 g12%
Salt0.01 gRow 7 - Cell 2

These golden potato pancakes are the delicious savoury pancake you've been craving.

Potato pancakes, also known as latkes, are traditionally eaten during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. But you can definitely enjoy them on pancake day too, especially if you're someone who prefers a savoury option. This variation on the classic pancake recipe (opens in new tab) is found in Eastern Europe, Germany and Switzerland. And the secret is the addition of a grated onion in the recipe which adds a hint of sweetness to the dish. Easy to make, you can whip these up in just 20 minutes. Serve with sour cream or apple sauce. Or as part of a delicious weekend breakfast with bacon and beans.


For the pancakes:

  • 1kg potatoes
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • To serve, fried eggs and bacon.




  1. Peel the potatoes and grate coarsely into a bowl. Put the grated potato into a clean tea towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
  2. Tip the potato into a bowl and mix with the flour, egg and seasoning.
  3. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan until medium hot. Drop heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the pan. Flatten with the back of a spoon and cook for about 5 mins each side. Don’t be tempted to have the heat too high or the pancakes will brown before they are cooked through.
  4. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper. Serve topped with fried eggs or bacon or both if you want.

Top tips for making potato pancakes:

Always keep potatoes in a cool dark place with good air circulation. Avoid any that have light green patches as this indicates the presence of solanine which gives potatoes a bitter taste and can cause stomach cramps.

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