There are so many potato pancake recipes out there and they are all claiming to be the German Potato Pancakes Original. These are really fun to make and eat. They are crispy, slightly crunchy and overly tasty. These cakes are truly loved worldwide. Of course, each locale has their own recipe. For instance, Swedish pancakes are also quite popular, and eerily similar to the German Potato pancakes.


  • 2 ½ pounds Russet potatoes, or any starchy potato, peeled and grated very finely
  • 1 yellow onion, grated very fine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • Oil for frying

How To Make German Potato Pancakes


After grating the potatoes, using a towel, thoroughly wring out all the liquid from the potatoes

Place the drained potatoes into a large bowl with the grated onion, salt, eggs and flour.

Mix it thoroughly with your hands, you want it to be somewhat tacky. Add a little more flour if it is too sticky


Heat 3 tbsp oil in a skillet

Place ⅓ to ½ a cup of mixture into the hot skillet


Fry for three to five minutes on each side, until they are golden.

Briefly drain on paper towels


Serve immediately, while hot with applesauce and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, sour cream or even yogurt.

These could also be served with meat and a gravy, using these as a side dish.

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