Oma's Traditional Potato Pancake Recipe

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

German potato pancakes, done the traditional way

I rebelled against making this German Potato Pancake Recipe, aka Kartoffelpuffer, after I had scraped my knuckles grating potatoes. Everyone loved the pancakes, but I had to find easier (and safer) potato pancake recipes

Out came the blender ... and you'll find that recipe linked below. HOWEVER, I've just recently purchased a food processor with a grating blade, so now, we're enjoying the traditional German potato pancakes, once again.

In the photo above, hubby has loaded his plate of potato pancakes with bacon and plum jam.

Me? I like to sprinkle sugar over mine or have some home-made apple sauce on the side. So lecker! 

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In Germany, these pancakes are readily available at outdoor markets and festivals. One of the reasons is that it's easier and doesn't smell up the kitchen with the "frying smells". Never-the-less, fresh, made-at-home potato pancakes are a treat!

I like to use the side burner of my BBQ in the summer to make these in order to keep the frying smells outside.

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Did you know that during Hanukkah, the Jews have a potato latke recipe that is very similar to the German potato pancake recipe.

Theirs, however, are fried in oil because the oil is in keeping with the story of the flame that miraculously stayed lit.

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Oma's German BLENDER Potato Pancakes ...

Want an easier way to make potato pancakes? Use a blender. Delicious as well. Here they are served with applesauce on the side.

German potato pancakes, done the easy way!

If you don't have an electric grater like I do, and don't want to use a hand grater, then use your blender. You won't have the 'shreds' of potatoes, but the flavor will still be there. Check out my recipe here.

But, if you're wanting to make the traditional grated potato pancakes, then here you go ...

Ready to make this traditional potato pancake recipe?

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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German potato pancakes, done the traditional way

Traditional German Potato Pancake Recipe made Just like Oma


Traditional German Potato Pancake Recipe made Just like Oma

Making this traditional potato pancake recipe will bring back memories of Germany, for sure! Crispy and delicious. Try them sprinkled with sugar or with applesauce.

Ingredients: potatoes, eggs, flour, onion,

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