New This Month

Traditional Potato Latkes


Serve these with a side of Caramel Applesauce and a dollop of sour cream.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1994


  • 2 (about 1 1/4 pounds) all-purpose or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 medium white onion, finely grated
  • 8 scallion greens, finely slivered
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Over a large bowl of cold water, grate potatoes into long strips, using the largest holes of a box grater. Transfer grated potatoes from water into another bowl. Pour off water from first bowl, reserving sediment. Add sediment to potatoes.

  2. Add eggs, onion, and scallion greens. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well by hand.

  3. Fill a large heavy-bottomed frying pan with 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch of oil until very hot, about 385 degrees.

  4. Drop 1 heaping tablespoonful of potato mixture into the pan. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes; the pan should hold five or six latkes per batch. Turn latkes over, and cook on the other side until golden brown, about another 3 minutes.

  5. Latkes can be transferred to a baking sheet and kept warm in a 200 degrees.oven for up to a half hour before serving.

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  • karenHillary
    8 DEC, 2010
    These are so good--and SO EASY!!! And they don't discolor! My favorite latke recipe. Thanks, Martha!
  • Zippybk
    1 DEC, 2010
    Martha! I can't believe you forgot the matzo meal.
  • boring4546
    2 JUN, 2008
    I have made these and about to again but I added carrot and zuchcini as well just to get a bit more veges into them they are great.
  • Amberrocks
    7 MAY, 2008
    I have tried several different recipes this is by far my favorate for potato latkes. I backed of the white onion a bit due to guest suggestions. I liked the amount of onion but I really like onions! I also freeze them so I alway's have them on hand! Enjoy everyone else does!