2 potato pancakes

The Easiest Potato Pancakes

Easy. Potato. Recipe. Need I say more? Probably not, but I will just in case. All of the ingredients are cheap pantry staples. The only way to beat a yummy potato recipe is a cheap and yummy potato recipe.

This recipe was born out of one I had as a kid. It was one of my favorite meals and still is. I’ve changed it some to make it easier. And to make more potato pancakes. Leftovers are my friends. Oh and cheese. I added cheese. Cheese makes everything better.

I’m normally a “dump it all in the bowl and it will work itself out” kind of cook. In this recipe, mix everything in one ingredient at a time. You want the flour and seasonings to coat the potatoes before you add the eggs. Otherwise you have flour and egg clumps to bust up. Take the extra second to save you self some frustration. I wouldn’t do it if it didn’t make a difference.

Depending on how heavy handed you are when dipping out batter onto the griddle, this recipe makes 14-16 potato pancakes. I do 6 pancakes on my griddle at a time. Thats 3 rounds of griddling. Other than being nearby to keep an eye on things, you don’t need to be actively engaged in cooking. I usually put away clean dishes from the night before or do some meal prep for another night that week. I have roasted red peppers to turn into pasta sauce and made granola while making potato pancakes for dinner. That’s another dinner half prepped and breakfasts for the week. Boom. Winning at this adulting thing.

I don’t really like seafood. Weird, I know. It happens. I do love Old Bay though, especially on potatoes. You could absolutely swap out seasonings. I’ve added ham. Jalapeños and spicy seasonings (like from these turkey burgers) make for a southwest twist. Sausage makes these feel more breakfast-y. You can dip them in anything. They’re good smothered in chili. Personally Old Bay in the batter, and dipped in yum yum sauce is my favorite combo.

If you come up with an awesome combo let me know!

Potato Pancakes

An easy potato recipe that works for dinner, sides, or breakfast. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Potato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 pancakes


  • 1 lbs frozen hash browns fully thawed
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  1. Fully thaw hash browns in a large mixing bowl

  2. Add flour and Old Bay, mix thoroughly to coat hash browns evenly. Do the same with the eggs. Then the cheese.

  3. Scoop hash brown mixture onto a 375 degree griddle. Pancakes ~4" in diameter will make the serving size. Griddle 5-7 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown.  

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