Crispy Potato Pancakes Recipe for Good Bite

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There are some dishes that resonate with such deep memories that they will be forever associated with someone or something. Oftentimes they will be simple dishes made by someone close to your heart. For me one of those dishes would be potato pancakes.

Potato pancakes were of my favorite sides that Grandma occasionally served with her dinners.  She’d have a small gathering of friends over and they’d all start with Scotch on the rocks, wine or other beverage of choice; some appetizers, maybe a crudites platter with a blue cheese dip and everyone would relax in the living room filling the air with beautiful conversations.

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Eventually the gathering would migrate to the dinner table were Grandma’s cooking would fill our tastes and bellies as much as the camaraderie would fill our hearts. The meals were nearly always an enticing mix of familiar and new culinary explorations for me. I was served octopus for the first time at Grandma’s table and as a kid discovered that cooked carrots can actually be quite tasty.

Grandma’s dinner table changed my mindset forever on how I approached food.  Anything from the simple to the exotic can be enrapturing, depending on how it is done. Today, whenever I prepare some of those dishes that I was first introduced to by Grandma, all of those memories and emotions fill my soul.

Can there be any doubt that I love these potato pancakes?  By themselves,without the recollection of dear memories, the potato pancakes are damn tasty.  The crisp outside, with a soft savory center have a play in textures that  potatoes are so incredibly adept at forming.  The potato pancakes are by themselves a nourishing comfort food, then add in a love for an inspiring force in my life and my love for thus dish becomes nearly reverence.


Potato Pancake Recipe

Yield: 12 - 4" Pancakes

Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 4 medium Potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 lrg Sweet Onion, diced into 1/4" pieces
  • 3 cloves Garlic, crushed or finely minced
  • 1/3 c Flour
  • 3/4 T Sea Salt
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 lrg Eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 c + Oil, preferably peanut oil, grape seed oil, or other high flash point oil


  1. Line a bowl with several paper towels, then grate potatoes into bowl.  Using more paper towels, squeeze out as much water from the potatoes as you can. After potatoes are as dry as you can get them, discard paper towels.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, flour, salt, pepper, and eggs then stir to combine.
  3. Heat a saute pan over medium to med.-high heat, add oil, then when oil is hot place large spoonfuls of potato mix into the pan. Flatten each pancake to approx. 1/2" thick.  Cook to a golden brown on one side (approx. 2-3 min.) then brown the other side. Remove and pat dry with paper towels.  May be kept warm covered in a 300° oven.
  4. As you cook each batch, stir the potato mix before spooning into pan and add more oil to pan if needed. Serve warm.
  5. Serve plain or dress up with some sour cream & chives, honey, a sprinkling of cheese, or whatever creative accompaniment you can think of.
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  1. Cookware Advisor

    This is such a simple and easy recipe! I will be making them with my breakfast eggs on the weekend. Can’t wait!

  2. Natalie

    Oh my! The look so good, I’ve never had Potato Pancakes before. Very eager to try this!

  3. Richard Walker

    Thanks I am ready for Potato Latkes

  4. Sam from EverydayFaucets

    My wife just made this recipe for us. I loved the garlic in the potatoes. I never had a granma who made these for me but it looks like I will have a wife making these for me for quite sometime to come. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. mal cakes

    love this post.
    love this blog.
    this is my new favorite food blog and
    i am so glad i found. must try these.

  6. Cristy

    what gorgeous photography! i contribute to a sweet potato blog and have used your recipe has a starter for making sweet potato pancakes, come see…

  7. Tom

    This also reminds me of the potato pancakes my grandparents used to make. They used to make them as a treat because shredding the potatos was so much work.

    I’ve seen other recipies but they added flour and leavining and when I tried them, they made puffy potato pancakes. I’ll have to try these – they seem to be the real thing – Thanks, Tom

  8. Marisa

    It’s funny my mom used to make potato pancakes for me as a kid and I have been making them fro my own daughter. But when she tells her friends about what she had they don’t know what she is talking about. I guess we all couldn’t have the joy of this simple but tasty food. I think I will try your recipe and see how she likes it compared to mine. There’s always room for more than one kind. (sorry about the typos in the previous post)

  9. Gini Freemyer

    Love your blog…I read somewhere fairly recently, and I’m ashamed to confess that I don’t remember where, the suggestion to use a potato ricer to get the moisture out of the shredded potatoes rather than paper towels. Holy cow does it work!

  10. Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home

    My “deep memory” dish is definitely Christmas cookies. Making those every year with my sisters when we were kids is something I will never forget!

    ps: Those potato pancakes look so cute sizzling in the oil!

  11. Cookinggallery

    I love potato pancakes! Yours remind me of German Rösti.

  12. Barbara

    I had a German grandmother- so we had a lot of potato pancakes when I was growing up. What’s unusual is that she did not put onion in hers so they were not savory. We poured maple syrup on them. She served them for lunch and sometimes dinner.

  13. Liz from Food, she thought.

    That looks so delicious and reminds me we are close to Thanksgiving & sweet potato latkes. I am going to try them with chives this time, and a low flash point oil. Ty.

  14. TheKitchenWitch

    I adore potato pancakes! They are such a comforting food. My grandmother used to make them also.

  15. Woo

    ah, your Grandma sounds like my husband’s Grandmother Mikey. Dinner at her house always included a cocktail hour with nibbles and conversation. It just wasn’t civilized otherwise. She’s gone now and many of her recipes with her. It saddens me that my husband’s family loved to have these great gatherings, but no one shared recipes. You’re very fortunate. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful memory and a lovely recipe.

  16. Hélène

    Absolutely stunning!

  17. chow vegan

    Beautiful photo! and awesome story too! I love reading about connections and memories people have to different foods. :-)

  18. Wanda

    I absolutely love these potato pancakes. At times I add some very finely grated carrot. I haven’t added garlic before, so this is something I will add next time I make them.

  19. Liz C.

    I love that you tell little stories from your life with your recipes & I’m crazy about your blog!

    I usually make them with leftover mashed potatoes but must admit these look absolutely mouthwatering. I did try making zucchini pancakes but they didn’t turn out as pretty as your potato pancakes…

  20. patsy

    You are making me crave potato latkes with your post! I tend to only make them for Hanukkah, and I do make them several times over the 8 nights… but, may have to indulge a bit sooner now.

  21. Jeanne

    those look so yummy – I will have to try them. I have an old family recipe for German egg pancakes….I need to write it down.

  22. Karly

    My mom makes potato pancakes using leftover mashed potatoes. I’ll have to try it with the grated potatoes sometime!

    Love the photos!

  23. Frenchie

    It’s almost unfair how good potato pancakes are, these look like they would exceed my expectations. I am new around here but have you ever made these with sweet potatoes? I really love your blog, I’ll be checking it out regularly.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Frenchi- sweet potatoes sound like a marvelous idea!

  24. chocolate shavings

    That photo is just perfect. I made potato fritters with a little grated apple a couple weeks ago, and it was a nice addition to the classic.

  25. Manggy

    Thank you for sharing your recipe and your lovely memories of your Grandma :) I’ve always wanted to make potato pancakes (latkes? roesti?) but I’m afraid I’ll never do them justice… So unlike me! These look beautiful and delicious.

  26. Brooke @ Food Woolf

    The sentence “simple dishes made by someone close to your heart” broke mine into a million tiny pieces. What a heartfelt recipe and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it.

  27. Tokyo Terrace

    I love this post. There are so many wonderful reasons to love food beyond the taste. Having someone like your Grandmother is exactly what brings that incredible connection to cooking and eating. Thanks for reminding me of this fact through your heartfelt words. –Rachael

  28. Dawn in CA

    I’m with Rasa – simply gorgeous opening photo. And is that a miniature cast iron pot? Must have! Do tell where you acquired such an ADORABLE kitchen accessory.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Dawn- We got those and lots more different shapes at Ross discount stores!! You bet they were at Ross and for less than $6 for a set of four! But that was a long time ago. Ross can be a hit or miss, so you have to check back often and rummage through their inventory. Good luck!

  29. Talley

    Fantastic photograph!

  30. easy recipes

    Do I need to fry the onion first?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Only if you want to change the flavor the onions add to the pancakes. The onions get cooked when you do the pancakes, and sweet onions are pretty mellow anyway, but if you want to mellow them out even more, feel free to fry the onions up before adding to the mix.

  31. David

    Honey, or cheese? Oy vey…

    Applesauce, dude!
    (and yes, along with sour cream, that’s okay)

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Ha ha ha! My potato pancakes lack any moral, spiritual, or cultural limitations so I can put whatever I want on them. :p
      Applesauce sounds pretty tasty, though.

  32. Rasa Malaysia

    Gorgeous shot guys. The cover shot could easily be the cover of food magazines, seriously. I have many foods that remind me of my family–especially my late grandmother and parents. And sometimes, I couldn’t help as tears rolling down my cheeks as I eat the foods.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      That’s how powerful food is, it represents the connection and the relationships that bind us all. Thank you for sharing your family story . xoxoxo.

  33. Phoo-D

    What warm and wonderful memories! These sound like ideal comfort food and look delicious.

  34. Lauren

    I love it when recipes are tied to memories. Potato pancakes remind me of grade two, when my friend’s grandmother brought the whole class latkes. I can still taste the potato goodness on my tongue! Might have to try your recipe to revive that memory =D.

  35. Ruth Ann

    Wow! Those potato pancakes look amazing! Latke love!

  36. Deanna B

    These look delicious. The only time I’ve had potato pancakes my friend made them from a box so I will have to make them from scratch. There is no way I am letting my view on potato pancakes be ruined because I’ve only had them from a box mix.

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