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Crispy Potato Latkes

November 29, 2020 | By Jeremy Scheck | 13 Comments

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everyone makes them a bit diff but I but these are BOMB (thanks @jakecohen for the tip!) #potatoes #potatotiktok #latkes #jewishfood #chanukah

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Crispy Potato Latkes


  • 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice (for the ice water in step #1)
  • 2 lbs russet potatoes (about 3 large potatoes or 4 cups when grated)
  • 2 thinly sliced shallots (onion is fine too)
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal (can substitute crushed up ritz crackers or saltines)
  • Large pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Small pinch garlic powder
  • Oil for frying such as peanut or canola (enough to have about 1/2 inch around your pan)


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water and add a tablespoon of vinegar (I use apple cider) or a squeeze of lemon juice. Set a smaller colander or sieve inside.
  2. Clean your potatoes (I scrub them but do not peel), and grate them using a food processor or box grater (large holes). As you grate the potatoes, add them into the colander set inside the ice water to keep them from discoloring. (The vinegar/lemon juice prevents oxidation).
  3. Once you are done grating all the potatoes, strain them well from the ice water mixture. You should have about 4 cups of shredded potatoes. Use a dish towel or cheese cloth to wring out all the ridisual water and discard the liquid.
  4. Start heating up a skillet with frying oil over medium-low heat.
  5. Put the shredded, wrung out potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Add the shallots, cornstarch, eggs and matzo meal. Mix well with your hands.
  6. When the oil is hot enough to fry (check by placing the end of a wooden spoon in the oil; if there are bubbles around it, it's hot), season the mixture with salt, pepper and garlic powder, and mix again with your hands.
  7. Working in batches (to not overcrowd the pan), use a 1/3 cup measure to portion out the latkes into the oil and press them down with a spatula to flatten. Cook 3-6 minutes, or until they are deeply golden-brown.
  8. Remove from the oil when they are golden brown, and season lightly again with some salt right when they come out of the oil so it sticks.
  9. Top with fresh dill, if desired, and serve with apple sauce (or sour cream but I don't approve).


If you need to make them a bit in advance, you can warm them in a 200° F oven as you cook them or hours later.

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  1. This recipe is as so good and easy to follow! Matzo meal is hard to find so I liked the optional substitutes- I’ve made latkes before but never this crispy! 11/10 would recommend

  2. Super easy to follow and very crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Thanks so much for the tip on keeping them warm in a 200 degree oven, it was perfect!

  3. This was the first time I have ever made latkes and they turned out amazing! Perfectly crispy and delicious, especially with that salt sprinkled on top.

  4. Best recipe! Made them with a Jewish friend during Hannukah and I think it’s her new go-to latke recipe. So crispy and delicious!

  5. Would yellow onions drastically change the flavoring compared to shallots? Which do you recommend for my Hanukkah party?

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