German Potato Pancakes

My Granddaddy’s Favorite German Potato Pancakes are a nostalgic and comforting dish that brings back memories of home-cooked meals. These crispy yet tender pancakes are simple to make and bursting with flavor.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

You’ll love this recipe for its simplicity, affordability, and delicious taste. These German Potato Pancakes are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a side dish for any meal. They are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and can be customized with your favorite toppings.


  • 1 small onion
  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 1 medium-sized egg
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Oil (for frying)


  1. Grate onions and potatoes using a box grater or food processor.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg. Add grated onions, potatoes, flour, pepper, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour the mixture into the hot oil. Flatten the mixture to form a pancake shape.
  5. Fry the pancake for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  6. Repeat with the remaining mixture, adding more oil if necessary.
  7. Serve the hot German potato pancakes with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream or applesauce.
  8. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Kcal: 250 per serving
  • Storage : Store any leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a skillet or toaster oven until heated through.

Recipe Tips

For extra flavor, you can add chopped herbs like parsley or chives to the pancake mixture. Make sure to squeeze out any excess moisture from the grated potatoes to ensure crispy pancakes. Experiment with different toppings such as smoked salmon, avocado, or poached eggs for a unique twist on this classic dish.

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