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Air Fried Potato Latkes

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Yield: About 20 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Side Dish/MainCourse
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Jewish


These air fried latkes may not be the REAL thing, but they are pretty close!



1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes (About 2 large), peeled

1/2 medium onion

2 large eggs

1/4 c matzo meal or panko crumbs

2 t kosher salt (start with 1 t and then add to taste)

1/2 t freshly ground black pepper

Cooking spray


Cheese Curds

Za’atar, Black Pepper and a pinch of sugar for topping


Grate peeled potatoes and onion on the large holes of a box grater directly on to a clean kitchen towel. (You can use a food processor and the shredding blade but for two potatoes, I figured I could handle it.)

Now pull up the sides of the towel and twist the top to form a nice bundle. While holding the top of the bundle, place over sink and squeeze the liquid out. You will be in awe when you see how much liquid is in a potato!

Transfer the potato mixture to a large bowl and add the eggs, matzo meal or panko crumbs, salt and pepper and stir to combine.

If you choose to make the cheese curd version, merely take a cheese curd and press the potato mixture around it. Place on air fry tray.

Preheat oven to 375 on air fryer setting and set for about 20 minutes. Line air fryer pan with foil. Place mesh tray on top and spray well with cooking spray.

Drop 2 T dollops of latke mixture on to the air fry grate. Flatten tops as needed to make a small pancake. Spray the pancakes very well with cooking spray.

Air fry for about 8 to 15 minutes total or until they are as crispy and golden as you like. Repeat with rest of latke mixture.

Serve with suggestions above or sour cream and apple sauce. In our home we used raspberry jelly or doused them with sugar. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated.


Thanks “The Kitchn” for recipe.

Keywords: latkes, potato latkes, air fried potato, air fried potato latkes, potato pancakes, Hanukkah food