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potato latkes garnished with parsley next to two little bowls with sour cream and applesauce
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Easy Potato Latkes

Easy Potato Latkes, also known as "potato pancakes" host a crunchy exterior, with a creamy potato and onion interior. A traditional Hanukkah dish made with a handful of kitchen and pantry staple ingredients!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: European
Keyword: latkes, potato latkes
Servings: 12
Calories: 141kcal


  • 1 ½ pounds potatoes such as Russet, shredded
  • 1 small onion shredded, (or 1/2 medium)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoon breadcrumbs unseasoned
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • ½ cup canola oil for frying


  • Remove the Liquid: Place about 4 paper towels folded in half over a medium size bowl and add the potatoes and onions. You can use a cheesecloth as well. Gather the corners of the paper towels up and squeeze as much of the liquid out of the potatoes and onion as possible.
  • Mix: Transfer the potatoes and onion to another bowl. Add in the egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix everything well and set the batter aside while the oil heats up.
  • Cook: Add the oil to a large skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the mixture onto a flat spatula and flatten it with your fingers to form a patty. Transfer this to the skillet and repeat until the skillet is full, but don't overcrowd. Cook about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Adjust heat if necessary. Repeat with remaining latkes.
  • Finish: Transfer the cooked latkes to a paper-towel lined plate plate. Finish cooking the rest of the latkes.
  • Serve: Serve with sour cream or applesauce and enjoy.


  1. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  2. To reheat your lakes, place them in a 300°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp.


Serving: 1latke | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg