Best Recipe for Potato Latkes Ever (Crispy Vegan Savory Pancakes)

Best Recipe for Potato Latkes Ever (Crispy Vegan Savory Pancakes)
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The best recipe for potato latkes without eggs, cheese, or dairy. These crispy potato fritters are vegan and gluten-free. Also, these savory pancakes are quick and easy to make at home with only 8 simple everyday ingredients.

Easy Recipe for Potato Pancakes

A stack of crispy and delicious vegan potato fritters topped with simple, homemade ranch dressing for side dish, snack, appetizer or starter.

Are you craving warm, tasty, and super crispy snacks?

Looking for truly special and delicious appetizers, brunch, or side dishes ideas?

Or maybe you bought a big bag of potatoes and now you need easy and uncomplicated recipes to use them up?

A batch of richly golden latkes will surely hit the spot! Yum!

You can check out other vegan potato side dishes ideas at the end of this post.

What Are Potato Latkes?

Golden-brown simple potato latkes (pancakes) on a wooden board decorated with chopped red onion, fresh parsley, and veggies as a side dish, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Latkes are traditionally cooked as a classic Jewish food for Passover. Hannukah or Rosh Hashanah celebration. But that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy them any time of the year.

These filling fritters are simply a mix of shredded potatoes, onion, chickpea flour, and spices fried in vegetable oil.

This recipe for potato latkes makes the perfect meal any time of the day. Yes, you can serve them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. They are so versatile and beyond scrumptious. Kids love them as much as adults. Even the pickiest of eaters will hardly resist them. I know this recipe will become your new favorite once you give it a try.

It’s an ideal way to use up extra potatoes you may have on hand, indeed.

Ingredients for Vegan Potato Latkes (No Eggs Needed)

Simple, plant-based, budget-friendly ingredients for making homemade potato latkes: potatoes, onion, flax egg, chickpea flour, oil and spices.

We’ll make these spicy potato fritters without eggs, matzo meal, or food processor. You’ll need a few pantry staples that are super cheap and affordable, I’m sure you’ll already have them in your kitchen. No excuses for not trying them right away! Here is what’ll need:

  • Potatos (Yukon Golds or Russets work the best)
  • Onion (yellow or white)
  • Chickpea flour (to keep our latkes gluten-free)
  • Flax egg (flaxseed meal + water)
  • Sunflower oil (or other neutral vegetable oil for frying)
  • Salt, ground pepper, dried dill (you can skip the dill if you don’t like it but I assure you that it makes all the difference here)

As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Time needed: 40 minutes.

How to Make Homemade Potato Latkes Without Eggs? (step by step instructions with pictures)

  1. Grate potatoes and onion

    First, prepare your flax egg. In a small container, mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water. In the meantime, grate potatoes and onion on the coarse side of the grater.
    After that, over a fine-mesh strainer, with clean hands, squeeze out the excess liquid as much as can. Pour out the liquid out of the bowl. You can use a cheesecloth for this step.
    To achieve the perfect crispiness, the potato-onion mixture must be as dry as possible.

    Gluten-free mixture for and easy meal prep - potato fritters.

  2. Make latke mixture

    In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except for the oil, until everything is well incorporated.

    Simple potato latkes mixture for cooking tasty fritters at home.

  3. Form latkes

    Next, scoop 1/4 cup of the batter, form latkes with your hands, or just place it directly in the heated frying pan and flatten slightly with a spatula or fork.

    Potato pancakes in a frying pan.

  4. Fry your latkes

    You don’t need much oil to fry your potato latkes but it’s important to heat up the oil on high BEFORE you start frying the latkes. In this way, you’ll keep them from sticking to the pan or becoming too greasy. They should sizzle immediately after entering the oil.
    At this point, reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook each side for about 5 minutes or until your latkes are golden-brown on both sides. I cook 4 at a time.
    After frying, place cooked latkes on a plate lined with a paper towel.

    Perfectly crispy, golden-brown latke in a frying pan.

  5. Serve and enjoy

    Our favorite way to enjoy them is directly from the frying pan, while still hot and crispy with this ultra-creamy ranch dressing (without mayo), homemade hummus, sugar-free applesauce, or avocado dip as a starter, side dish, or simple snack.
    Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in a freezer-friendly container (after completely cooled) for up to 1 month.

    Yummy, crispy vegan latkes in a big wooden plate served with fresh vegetables for lunch or dinner.

How Do You Serve Potato Latkes

A stack of healthy, gluten-free potato pancakes without eggs and dairy topped with creamy homemade ranch dressing.

You can make these flavorful latkes for your vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, all plant-based friends.

Serve them with a dollop of this creamy homemade ranch dressing and freshly chopped veggies for an extra healthy touch. Alternatively, pair them with a 5 minute DIY avocado dip or this vibrant Mediterranean sauce. I just love to enjoy them with a wholesome cucumber salad or a crunchy butter lettuce salad as a light, weight-loss-friendly meal.

Also, you can serve them with homemade applesauce.

These mouthwatering potato fritters will certainly please everyone! They’re guaranteed to be the hit at the next gathering or dinner party. My advice is to make a double batch because they’ll be gone in a snap!

Best crispy potato fritters on a wooden plate (no eggs, no dairy, no matzo meal)
What is the best potato to use for latkes?

It’s best to use starchy potatoes like Yukon Golds or Russets. Because of their high-starch content, they won’t fall apart and you’ll need less flour to bind the mixture.

How do you keep latkes crispy?

After frying, keep them on a plate lined with a paper towel-lined in one layer or rack instead of keeping them in one stack.

Why are my potato latkes falling apart?

That’s because shredded potatoes and onion are not squeezed well. In this case add more flour, a tablespoon at a time, to get a manageable consistency (see the images above).

Can you make latkes a day ahead?

Sure, you can make them one day ahead, they still taste amazing. You can eat them cold or reheat them in a preheated oven at 350°F / 176°C layered on a baking sheet for up to 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn them out!

Are potato latkes gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe for potato latkes is entirely gluten-free. That’s why we used chickpea flour, known as gram or garbanzo bean flour.

Why You’ll Love These Potato Pancakes? They’re:

A stack of plant-based potato latkes served with creamy vegan ranch dressing.
  • Hearty
  • GF
  • Kid-friendly
  • Herby
  • Budget-friendly
  • Picky eaters-approved
  • Crowd pleasers
  • Fancy
  • Delicately irresistable
  • So satisfying!

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Best Recipe for Potato Latkes Ever (Crispy Vegan Savory Pancakes)

Marinela
The best recipe for potato latkes without eggs, cheese, or dairy. These crispy potato fritters are vegan and gluten-free. Also, these savory pancakes are quick and easy to make at home with only 8 simple everyday ingredients.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, dinner, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Cuisine dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 10 latkes
Calories 161 kcal

Equipment

  • Non-stick frying pan
  • Grater
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Measuring cups

Ingredients
  

  • 35 oz or 1 kg Yukon Golds potatoes approx. 4 cups shredded potatoes (before squeezing)
  • 1 yellow onion approx. 1/2 cup grated onion (before squeezing)
  • 1/2 chickpea flour you can use all-purpose flour as well
  • 1 Flax egg 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil for frying the amount of oil used for frying will depend on the size and quality of the pan, add more oil , as you fry, if needed
  • 1 tsp salt add more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill

Instructions
 

  • First, prepare your flax egg. In a small container, mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water. In the meantime, grate potatoes and onion on the coarse side of the grater. After that, over a fine-mesh strainer, with clean hands, squeeze out the excess liquid as much as can. Pour out the liquid out of the bowl. You can use a cheesecloth for this step. To achieve the perfect crispiness, the potato-onion mixture must be as dry as possible.
    Gluten-free mixture for and easy meal prep - potato fritters.
  • In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except for the oil, until everything is well incorporated.
    Simple potato latkes mixture for cooking tasty fritters at home.
  • Next, scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture, form latkes with your hands, or just place it directly in the heated frying pan and flatten slightly with a spatula or fork.
    Potato pancakes in a frying pan.
  • You don't need much oil to fry your potato latkes but it's important to heat up the oil on high BEFORE you start frying the latkes. In this way, you'll keep them from sticking to the pan or becoming too greasy. They should sizzle immediately after entering the oil. At this point, reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook each side for about 5minutes or until your latkes are golden-brown on both sides. I cook 4 at a time. After frying, place cooked potato latkes on a plate lined with a paper towel.
    Perfectly crispy, golden-brown latke in a frying pan.
  • Our favorite way to enjoy them is directly from the frying pan, while still hot and crispy with this ultra-creamy ranch dressing (without mayo), homemade hummus, sugar-free applesauce, or avocado dip as a starter, side dish, or simple snack. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in a freezer-friendly container (after completely cooled) for up to 1 month.
    Yummy, crispy vegan latkes in a big wooden plate served with fresh vegetables for lunch or dinner.

Notes

  • It’s best to use starchy potatoes like Yukon Golds or Russets. Because of their high-starch content, they won’t fall apart and you’ll need less flour to bind the mixture.
  • The secret for extra crispy fritters is to squeeze as much moisture as possible from grated potatoes and onion. 
  • To keep the potatoes from browning, you need to quickly make and fry the latkes.
  • If you are using a good non-stick frying pan and heat the oil before frying, you won’t need much oil. If your latkes start to stick on the pan, add more oil, as needed.
  • Use any neutral vegetable oil for frying: sunflower, canola, grapeseed oil.
  • If the mixture is too soggy and doesn’t hold its shape then frying, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time, to get the right consistency as shown in the pictures.
  • To check if each side is cooked well when you flip the latkes, they should hold together and not break apart.
  • Cook each side for 4-6 minutes, adjusting the heat if necessary.
  • Feel free to add more seasoning to the mixture.
  • Make the latkes as thin or thick as you like by pressing them down with a spatula or fork.
  • Potato latkes are the crispiest when served immediately, reheat them in the oven layered on a baking sheet at 350°F / 176°C for 10 minutes to retain their crispiness. Be careful not to burn them out!
  • This recipe yields 10 latkes, double or triple the recipe for a crowd.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 239mgPotassium: 445mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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