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
- 5 large potatoes, peeled
- 1 small onion
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- ¼ cup bread crumbs, matzah meal or flour
- 1 ½ tsp coarse salt (1 tsp if using kosher salt)
- freshly ground black pepper
- 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 oil in a large pan and drop 6-8 tablespoons 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 3-4 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.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Frying
- Cuisine: Hanukkah