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Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

Nothing like the way our bubbies made latkes in the old country! These latkes are not loaded with potato starch, flour, baking powder or other non-essential ingredients. My grandfather shared this recipe with me when I told him that I thought his were the crunchiest, lightest and most perfect potato latkes I've ever eaten.


  • Prep Time : 12 min
  • Ready Time : 12 min


8 Servings


  • 4 medium Idaho potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons matzoh meal
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • Applesauce or sour cream:(optional)


  1. Prepare a large bowl filled with cold water.
  2. Peel potatoes, and as you finish each, place in cold water to prevent browning.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cut potatoes lengthwise into halves or quarters so they fit into food processor feed tube. Process potatoes using the blade that creates thin, shoestring-like strips and transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Add eggs, matzoh meal, salt and pepper and mix well.
  6. Drop 6 to 8 spoonfuls of mixture into hot oil. Using the back of a spoon, pat down each latke to flatten it. Put as many as you can in the skillet without crowding. Putting them too close together will make them soggy.
  7. Fry 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp around the edges; repeat procedure until finished with all the batter.
  8. Blot excess oil with paper towels.
  9. Serve warm with applesauce or sour cream, if desired.


Corn meal is a great substitute for matzoh meal and will also make your latkes nice and crispy.


About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




14 Responses to Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

  1. avatar says: edahgal

    I totally love Jamie, but I have a Cuisinart. The only such blade makes julienne strips and I defy anyone to get them to cohese. What a disaster!

    • so sorry and thanks for the love. just do this same recipe as a puree. I do it both ways and it works great. let me know.

  2. I just made your potato latke recipe — the first time I’ve ever made potato latkes (now at age 73), but I think I may have misjudged a bit. In my town there are no medium size idahos; they’re either large or larger, so I used 3 large, but believe I had too much potato (even though they tasted good). Can you estimate the approx weight of the 4 potatoes you use and I will shop accordingly.

    One other – what size spoon to use per dollop; (teaspoon, tablespoon etc.)

    Thank you.

    • Oh Judi how amazing!!! my grandmother a”h learned to drive at 63 so I always say it’s never too late!!! I just measured for you it’s about 1 3/4 lbs. Hope that helps. As for “dollop” can be any size you like I would say from 1 TBS or up to 1/4 cup. People even make jumbo potato pancakes — like one BIGGIE! per pan but it’s hard to flip that and get it to cook through before burning the outside. Let me know how you like these now that you have a weight measure.

  3. avatar says: lrubin

    Do you have a recipe for zucchini latkes?

  4. Hi Jamie -

    I have 2 very large russet potatoes. Based on that quantity how does it change the measurements of the other ingredients?


    • everything can stay about the same if you the are really VERY large.

  5. avatar says: FRAN


    • In theory I guess so I am just not a fan of freezing latkes. If you would like to freeze them just be sure to reheat them uncovered in the oven.

  6. I make latkes this way: I buy one box of Manischewitz Homestyle Potato Pancake Mix and 1 box regular Potato Pancake mix. Using a large mixing bowl I make the mixes together according to the directions on each box. I add about 1 teaspoon of onion salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper. I then add a very big handful of plain shredded potatoes from the refrigerator case, mixing all together. Fry in canola oil, using a metal soup spoon, on both sides and drain on clean brown grocery bags. I flash freeze them on a cookie sheet and reheat uncovered in the oven for just a few minutes at 375 degrees. Yields about 55 latkes. Yum Yum

    • wow – now that is an awesome shortcut and great prep ahead tip for making 55 latkes!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. i wanted to try & make latkes like my Bubbie used to make. I followed your recipe to the T. the mixture in the bowl was really watery, so I added more bread crumbs. added some baking powder too. Got the oil heated up, plunked in some mixture. waited, then tried to flip over. OMG what a disaster. it fell apart. I tried another one, it also fell apart. I tried to eat it anyways with some sugar on it (my mother was Romanisha) . it tasted ok. I threw the rest of the mixture in the garbage bin. Happy Chunnuka anyways.

    • OY so sorry – don’t know what to say — I have been making this recipe for 10 years with great success…

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