Gil Marks' Homemade Potato Latkes Recipe

Russet Potatoes


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
  • About 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, plus more for soaking potatoes
  • 2 cups onions, minced
  • 3 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • About ¼ cup matzah meal or 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8–¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, puréed (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • Vegetable oil or schmaltz, for frying
  • Applesauce, jam, or sour cream, for garnish

I make my latkes usually on the first night, to set the mood, and fry them up for the tradition and love of them. Sometimes I do a cheese latke as well, but usually just potato. I also use a food processor, which makes them much to easier to make. I know some cooks who say that you can’t get the right consistency if you don’t use a grater, but that usually ends with bloody knuckles. So I use the more convenient food processor.

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Place the potatoes in a bowl of lightly salted cold water. Place the onions in a large bowl. Grate the potatoes, coarsely or finely, into the onion, stirring to combine. Drain and press out the excess moisture. Add the eggs, matzah meal, salt, pepper, and, if using, parsley, garlic, and/or baking powder.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes. Add 1/8-inch of oil and heat to 360 degrees. (The surface of the oil will shimmer.)

Drop the batter 1 tablespoon at a time (or up to 1/3 cup at a time) into the oil and flatten with the back of a spoon. Fry until golden on both sides, about 3–5 minutes per side. Then drain on paper towels. 

Potato latkes are traditionally served with applesauce, jam, and when not using schmaltz, sour cream.


Calories per serving:

355 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 214g 330%
  • Carbs 199g 66%
  • Saturated 18g 90%
  • Fiber 16g 65%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Monounsaturated 149g
  • Polyunsaturated 37g
  • Protein 42g 84%
  • Cholesterol 558mg 186%
  • Sodium 3,175mg 132%
  • Calcium 262mg 26%
  • Magnesium 255mg 64%
  • Potassium 4,353mg 124%
  • Iron 11mg 64%
  • Zinc 5mg 34%
  • Phosphorus 876mg 125%
  • Vitamin A 240µg 27%
  • Vitamin C 69mg 115%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 64%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 64%
  • Niacin (B3) 10mg 52%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 184%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 244µg 61%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 22%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 45mg 225%
  • Vitamin K 19µg 24%
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