Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

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It’s hard to explain how much we love Latkes.  And this Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe is the real deal.

Of course, these are a staple during Chanukah, but we think they are delicious any time of the year!

Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe

The ingredients are nice and simple, but they come together to bring about a flavor that conjures a taste sensation that has been cherished generation after generation after generation.

Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.  


Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe

Of course, if you want to go truly authentic, then you need to include schmaltz in the cooking oil.

Schmaltz is nothing more than rendered chicken fat.  Some cooks save the skin from their poultry dishes throughout the year, and then when they have enough (about a pound), they cook it down and then strain it, and use it.  Every time I make a batch of homemade chicken stock, after it has chilled, I save the fat that has risen to the top and slightly hardened.

Perfect for schmaltz!  Using schmaltz is not 100% necessary, but it does impart a delicious flavor to the latkes as they fry, and, again, it’s steeped in tradition.

Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe

These Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) are just divine.

They are traditionally served with sour cream and applesauce, which really is the perfect complement to the incredible little savory fried potato cakes.

Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe

Here’s another classic dish that we just love! It’s Classic Matzo Ball Soup (click for the full recipe).

Happy Chanukah for everyone that celebrates the holiday! And to everyone else…you gotta try this Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe!. Looking for more Chanukah inspiration? Check out The Perfect Chanukah Table!

Latkes on a black wire cooling rack

Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes)

This Classic Latkes (Potato Pancakes) is amazing! Perfect for Chanukah, but also anytime of the year. We love these incredible potato pancakes!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: potato pancake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 344kcal


  • 3 lbs russet potatoes about 5 - 7
  • 2 large yellow onions finely diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs plain
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp milk
  • tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp schmaltz rendered chicken fat, optional
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Applesauce for serving
  • Sour cream for serving


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Peel potatoes and shred with box grater or food processor.
  • Transfer to a kitchen towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, bread crumbs, flour, milk, salt, baking powder and pepper.
  • Add potatoes and onions and mix until well coated.
  • Heat the schmaltz and oil in a large sturdy skillet (if not using schmaltz, use 5 tablespoons oil) over medium-hight heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add spoonfuls of the latke mixture and gently flatten with your finger or back of a spoon.
  • Cook until golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
  • Gently flip with a spatula, and cook the other side until golden.
  • Remove to paper towel-lined plate and finish the remaining latkes, cooking in batches, if necessary.
  • Keep cooked latkes in warmed oven.
  • Serve with applesauce and sour cream.


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1420mg | Potassium: 1217mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3mg
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  • 5 stars
    These are fantastic! I was a little concerned about the amount of onions, but I trusted your recipe and I am not disappointed! Full of flavor and it all blended well. I didnt have the chicken fat, and am going to make some to taste the difference. Definitely a keeper recipe. Tastes just like my MIL made us in Poland. (She also made delicious fried apple cakes- do you have a recipe?)

    • Hi Mandy!! So so so happy you love our latkes recipe! We are crazy for them, too, and that truly makes us so happy to hear that you had such great success with them and they’re even on par with your MIL’s!!! We don’t have a recipe for fried apple cakes, but we’ll put on the list for upcoming recipes to develop in the coming months. Sounds awesome!!! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That honestly means the world to us!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Hey, just came back from Texas and loved it there. When it comes to lakes, (potatoe pancakes) love them too. Do you know “latkes” in Polish means “little patches” like the patch your mother or grandmother used to put on your shirt or pants, bet the name came from that. Perfect fit, don’t you think because that’s how potatoe pancakes look like. We love them served with Caesar salad, yuum, try it for your self, to die for..

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