Potato pancakes are an easy weeknight meal that has downtime that can be used elsewhere in the kitchen.
10 Ingredients or Less,  Breakfast,  Dinner,  Sides,  Vegetarian

The Easiest Potato Pancakes

Easy. Potato. Recipe.

Need I say more?

The only way to beat a yummy potato recipe is a cheap and yummy potato recipe. That’s where potato pancakes come in. All of the ingredients are cheap pantry staples.

This recipe was born out of a favorite meal I had as a kid. I’ve changed it some to make it easier. And scale it up. Leftovers are my friends. Potato pancakes are awesome leftover. Oh and cheese. I added cheese. Cheese makes everything better.

Pro Tip

I’m normally a “dump it all in the bowl and it will work itself out” kind of girl. Here that isn’t the case. Coat the potatoes with flour and seasonings before you add the eggs. Otherwise the flour and egg clump together leaving a frustrating lumpy mess to try and get distributed. Take the extra second to add ingredients in steps. It will end up saving you time. I wouldn’t do it if it didn’t make a difference.

OTHER POTATO RECIPES: Sausage & Hashbrown Casserole | Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Win at adulting.

Depending on how heavy handed you are when dipping out batter, this recipe makes 14-16 potato pancakes. That’s 3 rounds of griddling for me. Other than being nearby to keep an eye on things, I don’t need to be actively engaged in cooking. I usually put away clean dishes from the night before or do meal prep for another night that week. I’ve roasted red peppers to turn into pasta sauce and made granola while making potato pancakes for dinner. That’s another dinner half prepped and breakfast for the week. All while using the same oven heat & time I’d be in the kitchen anyway. Boom. Efficieny.

Potatoes: The Flavor Vehicle

I don’t care for seafood, but I love Old Bay. Especially on potatoes. Swap out seasonings for your favorite. Add stuff to the batter. Don’t forget to change cheese to match the flavor profile you decide on. Flavor ideas:

  • chunks of ham
  • dip in ranch
  • jalapeños
  • bacon
  • dip in buffalo sauce
  • pesto
  • turkey burger seasoning
  • dip in ketchup
  • smother in chili
  • use 2 as the bun for a burger
  • dip in yum yum sauce

Old Bay in the batter, and dipped in yum yum sauce is my favorite flavor combo. The recipe is written with Old Bay since that’s what I default to.

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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