German Potato Pancakes

Welcome to our delightful journey into the heart of traditional German cuisine with our recipe for authentic German Potato Pancakes, also known as Kartoffelpuffer. These crispy, savory pancakes are a beloved dish in Germany, often enjoyed with a variety of toppings such as applesauce, sour cream, or smoked salmon. Perfect for any meal of the day, these pancakes are sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.


  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Optional: Applesauce, sour cream, or smoked salmon for serving

Nutritional Information

Per serving (based on 4 servings):

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Fiber: 4g

Note: Nutritional values are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients used.


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: Medium

Servings: 4

  1. Grate the Potatoes and Onion (5 minutes)
    • Using the large holes of a grater, grate the potatoes and onion into a large bowl. Place the mixture in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. This step is crucial for crispy pancakes.
  2. Mix the Batter (5 minutes)
    • Return the potato-onion mixture to the bowl. Add eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until the mixture is well combined.
  3. Heat the Oil (2 minutes)
    • In a large skillet, heat a thin layer of vegetable oil over medium heat. The oil is ready when a small amount of the batter sizzles upon contact.
  4. Fry the Pancakes (20-25 minutes)
    • For each pancake, spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet. Flatten with a spatula to form a round pancake about 1/2 inch thick.
    • Fry until the edges are golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Adjust the heat as necessary to prevent burning.
    • Transfer the cooked pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Keep them warm in the oven if serving all at once.
  5. Serve (3 minutes)
    • Serve the potato pancakes hot, with your choice of applesauce, sour cream, or smoked salmon on top.

Tips for Perfect Potato Pancakes

  • Drain Well: Make sure to thoroughly drain the grated potato and onion mixture to ensure your pancakes are crispy.
  • Consistent Size: Keep your pancakes uniformly sized for even cooking.
  • Maintain Oil Temperature: Adjust the heat during cooking to maintain a steady temperature. Too hot, and the pancakes will burn; too cool, and they’ll be greasy.
  • Keep Them Warm: If not serving immediately, keep the pancakes warm in an oven preheated to 200°F (95°C).

Enjoy your homemade German Potato Pancakes, a simple yet satisfying dish that brings a taste of Germany to your table!

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