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Crispy Fried Potato Latkes

Classic potato latkes; crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Perfect to eat with applesauce or sour cream. A Hanukkah staple.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Hanukkah, Kosher
Keyword: Fried, Jewish Food, Pareve, Potato Pancakes, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Latkes
Calories: 100kcal


  • 10 inch skillet


  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 onion large
  • 3 egg large
  • cup flour optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Using a food processor fitted with the grater blade, grate onion and potatoes. This can also be done by hand. Keep potatoes in cold water while you work so they don't turn brown.
  • Squeeze out as much excess water as possible.
  • In a large bowl mix potato and onion mixture with eggs, flour, if using, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Heat an inch of oil in skillet. Lower flame so oil doesn't overheat and place a spoonful of the batter into sizzling oil and gently press to flatten with the back of the spoon. Fry for approximately 5 minutes then flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Drain excess oil from latkes on paper towels or brown paper bags. Continue cooking remaining batter, adding more oil as necessary.
  • Serve with hot with applesauce or sour cream.


Looking for a lower carb alternative? Sweet potatoes, zucchini, riced cauliflower, or carrots all make excellent substitutes for all or some of the potatoes in this recipe. 
Latkes freeze well. Once cooled, freeze flat on a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil in between layers so they don't stick together. Once frozen transfer to freezer bag for storage. Warm from frozen in hot oven for a few minutes until heated all the way through. 


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg