German Potato Pancakes

Ah, German Potato Pancakes, a delightful dish that brings a cozy touch to any table! Also known as “Kartoffelpuffer,” these crispy, golden delights are a staple in German cuisine, often enjoyed with applesauce or sour cream. Let’s start with a basic recipe that you can customize to your liking.

German Potato Pancakes Recipe


  • 4 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Grate Potatoes & Onion: Grate the potatoes and onion into a large bowl. You can use a box grater or food processor for ease.
  2. Drain Excess Moisture: Wrap the grated mixture in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This step is crucial for crispy pancakes.
  3. Mix Batter: Return the mixture to the bowl. Stir in the eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Preheat Skillet: Heat a good amount of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Form Pancakes: For each pancake, drop a heaping spoonful of the potato mixture into the skillet. Flatten it with the back of the spoon to form a pancake shape.
  6. Fry Until Golden: Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Drain & Serve: Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with applesauce or sour cream.