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German Potato Pancakes

  • Author: Myles
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 pancakes 1x


These German Potato Pancakes are so simple yet unbelievably tasty. They are delightfully crispy and flavorful. Serve them with applesauce and sour cream and you are in for a real treat!



1 pound russet potatoes

1/2 medium onion

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Ground nutmeg, to taste

1 large egg

Vegetable oil (for frying)

Applesauce and sour cream (for serving)

Coarsely chopped parsley (for garnish)


  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes.
  2. Using a clean dishcloth or cheesecloth, squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can from the grated potatoes into a bowl.
  3. Let the liquid stand for a few minutes and then discard the top layer, leaving the potato starch at the bottom.
  4. Add the potatoes back to the starch and then grate the onion over the potatoes.
  5. Add the nutmeg, egg, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
  6. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer.
  7. Carefully drop about 1/2 cup of potato mixture into the hot oil. Flatten with the back of a spoon. Fry for about 4 to 5 minutes undisturbed on each side or until golden brown.
  8. Drain on paper towels.
  9. Garnish with parsley. Serve with applesauce and sour cream if desired.


  • When frying the potato pancakes, it is important that you don’t flip them until after 4 to 5 minutes. You also need to drain them on paper towels so that you can get rid of the extra grease.
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