German Potato Pancakes

German Potato Pancakes

Certainly! German Potato Pancakes, also known as “Kartoffelpuffer” or “Reibekuchen,” are a delicious and simple dish. Here’s a basic recipe for you:


  • 4 large potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Grate Potatoes and Onion:
    • Use a box grater or a food processor to grate the peeled potatoes and onion. You can use the fine side of the grater for a smoother texture.
  • Drain Excess Liquid:
    • Place the grated potatoes and onion in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth.
    • Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This helps in achieving crispy pancakes
  • Mix Batter:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes and onion with eggs, flour, salt, and black pepper.
    • Stir the mixture well to ensure all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Heat Oil:
    • In a large skillet or frying pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. You’ll need enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.

  • Form Pancakes:
    • Take a heaping spoonful of the potato mixture and place it in the hot oil. Flatten it with the back of the spoon to form a pancake.
    • Cook each pancake for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain Excess Oil:
    • Once the pancakes are cooked, place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  • Serve Warm:
    • Serve the German Potato Pancakes warm, and you can garnish them with applesauce, sour cream, or even a sprinkle of chopped chives.

  • Enjoy!
    • These pancakes are best enjoyed fresh and warm. They make a great side dish or even a light meal.


Feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences, and don’t hesitate to experiment with toppings. Some people like to serve them with smoked salmon or a dollop of yogurt. Enjoy your German Potato Pancakes!

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