Crispy Latkes

Seri sticks to the same latke recipe every year to ensure crispy latke perfection. Her fave toppers? Sour cream and smoked salmon.

Crispy Latkes
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
16 latkes


  • 4 large russet potatoes (9 to 11 ounces each)

  • 1 small white onion

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Corn oil for frying

  • Desired Toppers


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Place a wire rack in a shallow baking pan.

  2. Peel potatoes. Use the coarse blade of a box grater to shred potatoes into a large bowl of ice water. Grate onion on the fine blade of a box grater. (You should have approximately 1/2 cup of grated onion.)

  3. Drain potatoes; transfer them to a bowl lined with a clean flour sack towel or a fine-mesh 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Gently wrap and squeeze dish towel, getting out as much liquid as humanly possible. In a large bowl combine potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, 1 Tbsp. kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper; stir.

  4. In a heavy nonstick skillet heat 1/4 inch of oil over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. For each latke, scoop a small handful (1/4 cup) of potato mixture and squeeze gently over the bowl. Flatten mixture and add to skillet. Repeat, adding a few at a time so you don't overcrowd the pan. Fry both sides until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

  5. Transfer to rack in shallow baking pan to drain and keep warm in oven while preparing the rest of your latkes. Serve warm with toppers. Makes 16 latkes.

Crispy Latke Topping Combos

A few flavor combos to try: 1) HONEY-NUT sliced apples or pears, honey, chopped pistachios. 2) SALMON-DILL smoked salmon or lox, crème fraîche, fresh dill. 3) APPLE-POM applesauce, pomegranate arils, cinnamon. 4) SOUR CREAM AND ONION sour cream, labneh, or Greek yogurt, plus fresh chives or scallions.

Of course, you can always simply serve with the traditional applesauce or sour cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
11g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 221mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 215mg 5%
Folate, total 12.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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