Ultimate Potato Pancakes Recipe

potato pancakes recipe
Crunchy shell, smooth filling and a lovely bite.
You know at Costco all the sampling stations that offer different foods to try? If I could set up a sampling station for these potato pancakes, they would sell out, instantly.
These are a must make, or fry, to be more precise.
If you made this crock pot mashed potato recipe you might have leftovers. It makes a big portion, but having this recipe to use after makes it all worthwhile.
This is seriously the last potato pancake recipe you’ll ever need. It will make you want mashed potatoes, just to have leftovers to make this.
potato pancake recipe
If you have about two cups of mashed potatoes, you can make this.
potato pancakes recipe
Divide the mashed potatoes into eight portions. Gently flatten into a patty. They will get much flatter during frying.
potato pancake recipe
Dredge in flour mix. Brown the butter. Mine got a little too brown, you really want it more golden. Gently place the pancake in the pan. This is where patience comes in.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and wait..and wait. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. I left mine closer to 20, before turning and fry for another 15-20 minutes. Do NOT peek! They are forming a beautiful, golden crust, let them cook!
potato pancake recipe
Serve with sour cream and extra green onion or chives. Fork optional.


Potato Pancakes


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (optional)


  1. Mix green onions with mashed potatoes. Divide mashed potatoes into 8 portions. Form 1/2 inch thick patties.
  2. Heat oil with butter over high heat, until butter is golden and pan is hot.
  3. Add salt, pepper to flour and dredge potato patties in flour. Add potato pancakes to pan and lower heat to medium-low. Let them fry for 15-20 minutes until it forms a golden crust. Gently flip over and fry for another 15-20 minutes.
  4. Blot on paper towels.
  5. Serve hot with sour cream and extra chopped green onions or chives.


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  1. Your mashed potatoes do sound divine. I make potato pancakes, but mine are about half egg, half mashed potato, with a little onion thrown in.

    • I’ve made them with eggs before, but they kept falling apart. This was the first time I did it without the eggs and it worked much better.

  2. This looks delicious! I’m always looking for new recipes because tend to eat the same things over and over!

  3. i like this recipe but is it served as a snack, breakfast item, or dinner item?

    • It depends how hungry you are! If they are for dinner, I would add a protein like poached eggs, but for breakfast they are pretty filling with some sour cream. :)

  4. OOOh I love potato pancakes I want to make this recipe soon, thanks for sharing!!

  5. I;m definitely going to try these, but I’m going to leave out the green onion because my son hates onions.

  6. To be honest, I have never made potato pancakes before but these sound wonderful. I might just have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I zoned in on this recipe asap b/c I luv potato pancakes. I’ve never made them like this, so I’m going to make up some mashed potatoes so I can make these!!!!

  8. These look so good! Can’t wait to try them.

  9. I so wanted to make latkes for Hanukkah, but what I got was more like hash browns. This looks like a good first step on my way to latkes. I better get cracking, only 11 months to practice!

    • You’re so funny. These are really easy, you just have to be careful while they are frying the inside gets delicate while flipping.

  10. comfort food at its best. this is a nice recipe!! I might make mashed potatoes just to do this!!!

  11. Sounds very good I will have to try it this weekend

  12. This sounds delicious

  13. These look tasty. I am always on the search for more potato recipes since they are such an affordable and delicious vegetable.


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