Oma's German Potato Pancake Recipe

In Germany, these German potato pancakes, aka Kartoffelpuffer, are readily available at outdoor markets and festivals. Now, make them at home because these fresh, made-at-home potato pancakes are a treat!

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

about 30 minutes

Total Time

about 50 minutes


Makes about 12 'hand-sized' pancakes or 20 small ones


  • 5 - 6 potatoes, peeled (see hints below)
  • 3 egg
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • butter or oil for frying


  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F. Put cookie sheet into oven.
  2. Grate potatoes. Put grated potatoes (in batches) into a dish towel and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible. 
  3. Put 'dried' grated potatoes into a large bowl. Add eggs, grated onions, salt, and flour. Mix well.
  4. Using a large spoon, drop batter into hot oil/butter in a large frying pan. Fry until brown (about 3-4 minutes), flip over, and continue frying until cooked through and crispy brown (about 3-4 minutes).
  5. Remove and keep warm in oven. Continue frying till all batter is used, adding more butter or oil as needed.
  6. Serve with applesauce, sprinkle with sugar, jam, or serve plain.


  • Please use butter, if possible. Oil will work, but you can't beat the butter flavor! Or use a mixture of butter and oil.
  • Change the quantities as needed. Depending on the moisture content of your potatoes, you may need to add an extra egg. OR, you may need to add more flour. 
  • Grate your potatoes as fine or as coarse as you wish. 
  • Adding the onion is optional.
  • The traditional German recipe calls for peeling the potatoes. Keeping the skin on when you have nice, new potatoes, though, is healthier (and quicker)

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