perfect potato latkes

Andrew Zimmern’s Perfect Potato Latkes Recipe

The real miracle of Hanukkah.

These potato latkes are so good that posting the recipe alone is a mitzvah of the highest order. The Festival of Lights refers to a lamp in the temple that was supposed to have only enough oil to last the Maccabees one night, but instead lasted for eight. The holiday celebrates the miracle of the oil, so fried foods are often featured at Hanukkah feasts. Problem is, most potato pancakes, or latkes, are awful. Luckily for you, these are amazing.

Note: The fried latkes can be kept at room temperature for up to 4 hours. Reheat them on a baking sheet in a 375°F oven for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through and crisp.

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perfect potato latkes

Perfect Potato Latkes

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Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these latkes are a perfect Hanukkah dinner.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20 latkes




  1. In a medium saucepan, cover the Yukon Gold potatoes with cool water, season generously with salt, and bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and immediately pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl.
  2. Working quickly, peel and grate the baking potatoes on the large holes of a box grater into a medium bowl. Press with a clean kitchen towel to remove excess moisture. Add half of the grated potatoes to the riced potatoes.
  3. Transfer the remaining grated potatoes to the bowl of a food processor. Add the onion and pulse until the potatoes and onions are very finely chopped. Transfer to a fine-mesh sieve and press with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Add the potato-onion mixture to the large bowl. Stir in the eggs, matzah meal, white pepper and 2 tsp of salt.
  4. In a large, heavy skillet, heat ¼ inch of oil until shimmering. Working in 3 batches, spoon ¼ cup of the potato mixture into the oil for each latke; press slightly to flatten. Fry over moderate heat, turning once, until the latkes are golden and crisp on both sides, about 7 minutes. Drain the latkes on a paper towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve with applesauce, crème fraîche, smoked salmon, salmon roe and dill.


The fried latkes can be kept at room temperature for up to 4 hours. Reheat them on a baking sheet in a 375°F oven for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through and crisp.

  • Author: Andrew Zimmern
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Holiday
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Ashkenazi


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  • sharon

    Why do you have two separate ingredients for potatoes? Which is it, one or the other or both?

  • Stephan Brown

    When you select “Scale Up” why don’t the other content values change?

    • The Nosher

      Hi Stephan, Thanks for alerting us to this issue. It should now be fixed. Enjoy! Rachel at The Nosher.

  • Anne M Storm

    These latkes are excellent. I remember making fried mashed potatoes ~ and these have the smoothness of the mashed cakes, with the mouth feel of the grated potatoes.
    I use Avocado oil as it’s the most healthy oil at high temperatures. Seed oils are not good to eat. They are treated with chemicals to remove unwanted flavors.

  • Rhoda B Schneider

    I happy to be a fabulous cook and your recipe for latkes with Yukon golds sounds fabulous. I am going to try it. Definitely will try it.

  • Lisa Bein Hainline

    Just made these, I also fry in avocado oil and only outside! They came out perfectly and I doubled the recipe. I used humongous onions so the ratios are great!

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