Yield
15 latkes

How to Make Perfect Latkes for Hanukkah

Our video shows you exactly how to make them crispy and golden.

Making crispy potato latkes is a skill every Jewish cook wants to master. It’s not a great secret – it just requires a few easy steps to ensure crispy, golden latkes every time. And we’ve got a short video to show you exactly how.

We also love topping our latkes with an array of delicious choices, from sweet to savory and from ordinary to extraordinary: homemade applesauce, cream cheese and smoked salmon, pulled brisket Israeli salad or even pastrami and mustard.

So get frying and get creative with those toppings.

Classic Potato Latkes Recipe

Ingredients

5 large potatoes, peeled

1 small onion

2 eggs lightly beaten

¼ cup bread crumbs, matzah meal or flour

1½  tsp coarse salt (1 tsp if using kosher salt)

freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Grate potatoes coarsely or finely, according to your preference. Finely grate the onion.

Place grated potatoes and onion in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze tightly until all of the liquid is strained.

Place the strained potatoes and onion in a large bowl and add the eggs, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.

Heat the 1-inch of oil in a large pan and drop 6 to 8 spoonfuls of mixture into hot oil. Using the back of a spoon, pat down each latke to flatten it. Put as many as you can in the skillet without crowding. Putting them too close together will make them soggy.

Fry 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp around the edges; repeat procedure until finished with all the batter.

Blot excess oil with paper towels and serve warm with desired topping.

Love Jewish food? Sign up for our weekly Nosher recipe newsletter!

Keep on Noshing

Noshing Through LatkeFest

In honor of Hanukkah beginning earlier this week, and an all-around appreciation for starch and fried things, Manhattan-based event planning company ...

How to Make the Perfect Latke

I recently told my parents that they cursed me. The way I see it, when my (probable) Irish genes collided ...

Ramen Latkes with Sriracha Mayo

The perfect way to use leftover noodles.