Air Fryer Latkes

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The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 12 latkes
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
337 Calories
10g Fat
54g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 337
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 588mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 1247mg 27%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

No Hanukkah celebration is complete without crispy golden latkes, but frying up a big batch can be messy and very time consuming. Enter the air fryer, which gives you perfectly cooked potato pancakes with a lot less oil. Of course, there is some oil involved—as there should be for the tradition and flavor of this recipe—but it's significantly reduced. This means fewer calories and grams of fat so you can enjoy more latkes without the added guilt.

The latkes are prepared in the traditional way by grating the potatoes and onions, squeezing out the liquid, and preparing the binding ingredients. Then the cooking is simply done in the air fryer. The basket of the air fryer and the top of each latke is brushed with olive oil for flavor and extra crunch.

Serve these crispy latkes with sour cream and applesauce and a few chopped chives for a little color and zing. You can enjoy potato latkes year-round as a side for your favorite roast or as part of a vegetarian meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 medium russet potatoes

  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons matzo meal, or plain breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided for frying

  • Sour cream, applesauce, chopped chives, for serving, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making air fryer latkes

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  2. Scrub the potatoes and grate them on the large holes of a box grater. You can also use the grating blade in your food processor.

    Grating potatoes using the large holes of a box grater

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  3. If you prefer, you can chop the shreds into smaller pieces. This will help make the latkes into more compact rounds.

    Chopping the potato shreds into smaller pieces
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  4. Grate or chop the onion. Combine the potatoes and onion in a colander. Rinse the shredded mixture with water.

    Grated potato and onion in a colander

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  5. Place the mixture onto a few layers of cheesecloth and squeeze the liquid out over a bowl. Twist and squeeze as hard as you can until almost all of the liquid has been removed. Put the potato and onion shreds into a separate bowl.

    Liquid squeezed from cheesecloth-encased potatoes and onion

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  6. Let the liquid settle, then pour off and discard most of the liquid, leaving behind the thick starch gathered at the bottom of the bowl.

    Thick potato starch in a bowl

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  7. Whisk together the eggs, matzo meal, salt, pepper, and reserved potato starch. 

    Whisking eggs, matzo meal, salt, pepper, and potato starch

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  8. Add the egg mixture to the potato and onion shreds and combine until evenly distributed. 

    Mixing egg mixture with potato and onion shreds

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  9. Generously grease the bottom of your air fryer with some of the olive oil. Preheat the oven to 200 F and set a cooling rack over a baking sheet.

    Dollop 1/4-cup portions of the latke mixture onto the greased basket. Make them as thick or as thin as you would like. Sprinkle them with more salt. Brush the top of each latke with more olive oil. 

    Air frying latkes

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  10. Cook in the air fryer at 400 F for 8 minutes.

    Latkes browning in an air fryer

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  11. Flip and cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

    Cooking until both sides of latkes are golden brown and crisp

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  12. Transfer to the rack and keep warm in the oven while you make the remaining batches. Re-grease the air fryer with olive oil and cook in batches until all of the latke batter is cooked.

  13. Serve hot with applesauce, sour cream, and chopped chives, if desired, and enjoy.

Creative Latke Toppings

Although sour cream and applesauce are traditional toppings, these crispy potato pancakes are the ideal base for a wide range of ingredients.

  • Smoked salmon and crème fraîche
  • Guacamole
  • Pomegranate seeds and Greek yogurt
  • Caramelized onion and sour cream
  • Thinly sliced apple and honey
  • Poached egg