German potato pancakes

German potato pancakes, also known as “Kartoffelpuffer” or “Reibekuchen,” are a delightful and savory dish. Here’s a simple recipe for making German potato pancakes:


  • 4 large potatoes (russet or Yukon Gold)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Optional toppings: applesauce, sour cream


  1. Peel and grate the potatoes and onion using a box grater or a food processor. Place the grated potatoes and onion in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth, and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the grated and squeezed potatoes and onion.
  3. Add eggs, flour, salt, and pepper to the grated potatoes and onion. Mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Take a spoonful of the potato mixture and place it in the hot oil, flattening it slightly with the back of the spoon. Repeat with more spoonfuls, leaving some space between each pancake.
  6. Fry the pancakes until golden brown on both sides, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Use a spatula to flip them carefully.
  7. Once cooked, transfer the potato pancakes to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  8. Continue the process until all the potato mixture is used.
  9. Serve the German potato pancakes hot with your choice of toppings, such as applesauce or sour cream.

Enjoy these delicious and crispy German potato pancakes as a side dish or a light meal!

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