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Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancakes)

Called by different names in Germany's various regions, Kartoffelpuffer are a quintessential and favorite German treat.  Easy to make, these potato pancakes taste incredible!  
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 8 Kartoffelpuffer
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 2 1/2 pounds starchy potatoes, peeled and very finely grated (RAW, not cooked)
  • 1 small yellow onion, very finely grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • neutral-tasting oil for frying


  • Thoroughly wring out the liquid in the grated potatoes by placing them in a colander and squeezing them with your hands or by placing them in a clean dish towel and wringing out the liquid.  
  • Place the drained grated potatoes in a medium-sized bowl with the grated onion, eggs, flour and salt and use your hands to work it into a tacky mixture.  Add a little more flour if needed.  Do no let the mixture sit for long before using it, use it immediately.
  • Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat and place 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the mixture (depending on size preference) in the hot pan and flatten into pancakes with the back of a spoon.  Fry on both sides for 3-5 minutes until the Kartoffelpuffer are golden.  Place them briefly on paper towels.    
  • Serve immediately while hot with applesauce, fruit compote or powdered sugar.  For a savory version serve with herbed yogurt, quark or creme fraiche or with meat and gravy as part of a meal.
Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 5mg