Kittencal's Crispy Potato and Green Onion Pancakes (Latkes)

READY IN: 32mins


  • 2
    lbs red potatoes, peeled
  • 1
    large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3
    tablespoons flour (or use matzo meal)
  • 2 -4
    teaspoons seasoning salt (or to taste, or use white salt to taste)
  • 2
    teaspoons black pepper (or to taste)
  • 4 -6
    green onions, finely chopped (use as much as you like I use lots!)
  • 3 -4
    tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped (good to add in!) (optional)
  • oil (for frying)


  • Grate the potatoes using a the coarse side if the grater or use a food processor.
  • Place into a large bowl and cover with cold water.
  • Allow the grated potatoes to soak for at least a minimum of 8 hours or even up to 2 days.
  • Using your hands firmly squeeze handfuls of the grated potatoes to remove as much liquid as possible, then place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in egg, flour, seasoned salt and pepper; mix well with a wooden spoon, then add in the green onions and parsley (if using).
  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  • Place a heaping tablespoonful of the potato mixture into the hot skillet and using a fork, flatten slightly (the edges will be uneven!).
  • Sprinkle with more salt if desired.
  • Place only a few pancakes in the pan, careful not to over crowd.
  • Cook until golden and crisp on both sides adding in more oil if needed).
  • Repeat with remaining potato mixture.


“This recipe goes back 30 years or more, my family *loves* these! you can make these ahead of time and then freeze, just cool and place on a large baking sheet to freeze, when frozen stack in a freezer container or pop them into a freezer bag, to reheat and re-crisp, defrost the pancakes then place in a 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes turn over then continue baking until crisp, I strongly suggest to double the recipe these will be half gone before they even make it to the table! I like to add in some cayenne pepper and a bit of garlic powder but that is optional --- yield is only estimated you should get between 20-23 pancakes for this recipe, to make things easier use your processor to grate the potatoes, plan ahead the grated potatoes need to soak for a minimum of 8-24 hours or even up to 2 days to remove some of the starch, the longer soaking time the crispier they will be --- serve with sour cream :)”