Potato Pancakes or Kartoffelpuffer

Potato pancakes, Kartoffelpuffer, Latkes

Also called Kartoffelpuffer or Reiberdatschi in German, or Latkes in Sweden. It’s an easy dish and could be served as an Appetizer with apple sauce or sour cream

  • grating potatoes
  • soaking potatoes
  • Potatoes in a sieve
  • Potato pancakes preparation
  • Potato pancakes in pan
  • Potato pancakes with apple sauce
I used a Mandoline slicer like this one below:

Potato Pancakes or Kartoffelpuffer

Potato Pancakes or Kartoffelpuffer
Category: Main meal, appetizer
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes

This is a quick lunch, dinner or just an appetizer. Eaten with apple sauce, sour cream or anything you desire.


  • 4 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium yellow onion or 4 green onions
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Black pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Peel and grate potatoes (finely) with the yellow onion into a large bowl, and cover with cold water.
  • Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Drain off any excess liquid in a sieve, or squeeze in a cotton towel (flour towel)
  • Mix in egg, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add enough flour to make mixture thick, about 2 to 4 tablespoons all together.
  • Warm up oven and turn low, about 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
  • Heat about a 1/4 inch oil in skillet over medium high heat.
  • Drop two or three 1/4 cup mounds into hot oil, and press down to make 1/2 inch thick pancakes.
  • Fry, turning once, until golden brown.
  • Transfer to paper towel lined plates.


Keep warm in oven until serving time, then repeat until all the mixture is used

Nutrition information

6 to 8 Servings


A visual instruction here:

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