Classic Hannukah Potato Latkes

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword potato pancakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 181 kcal


  • 6 russet potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons flour may substitute matzoh meal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


  1. In a small bowl, beat eggs and whisk together with onion, flour or matzoh meal, salt and pepper.  Set aside.

  2. Fill a large bowl with lightly salted cold water.  Set aside.

  3. Peel potatoes, leaving some skin on if you prefer.  Grate half of the potatoes by hand, and shred half in the food processor (if desired.)  As you work, place the finished potatoes in the salt water.  (If you skip this step, your potatoes will start to discolor from being exposed to air but are still safe to eat)

  4. Drain potatoes into a colander and press with a towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Wipe the bowl dry. Mix potatoes with egg mixture in large bowl.

  5. Heat approximately 1/4 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Oil is ready when a piece of potato sizzles when it is dropped in.  Drop 1/3 of a cup of batter into the oil and immediately flatten the pancake with the back of a spoon.  Cook as many pancakes in the batch as will fit in one layer, frying them for 3-5 minutes per side.  Add oil as needed, letting it heat up before adding more pancakes.

  6. Place cooked potatoes on paper towels or other absorbent surface to drain.  Potatoes can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven on a baking sheet.  To keep crisp, do not put more than a single layer on each sheet.

Recipe Notes

Many thanks to Valerie who created this recipe, and to Izi who shared it.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Hannukah Potato Latkes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 314mg 13%
Potassium 701mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 12.3%
Calcium 3%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.