Quick and easy potato pancakes (just 2 main ingredients) + Vegan version

Quick and easy potato pancakes (just 2 main ingredients) + Vegan version

I am Lithuanian and in my country almost all traditional dishes contain potatoes. I love potatoes because you can make millions of things out of them and there is almost no way to fail.

Quick and easy crispy potato pancakes
Quick and easy crispy potato pancakes

One of my most favorite Lithuanian dishes is potato pancakes. They are just so rich in taste, crispy but soft inside, filling and simple! Every time I go to visit my parents I request my mom to make it and last time she made it beautiful golden pancakes so I decided to share the recipe with you – it is too good not to. Keep in mind that it is not only quick, but a cheap dish as well. Let me add, I’ve never met anybody who did not like it. Best served with my raw vegan “cheese” sauce or just plain Greek yogurt.

Potato pancakes
Potato pancakes

Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 portions


  • 6 Potatoes
  • 1 Egg (for vegan version use egg replacer or read the note under the recipe)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil
  • 1 Onion (optional)
  • 1 tsp Caraway seeds (optional)

1. Grate potatoes with microblade fine grater (you can use a normal grater, but then the texture will be different, just crispy and not that soft inside).

2. Drain it and put one egg into the mixture. Mix it.

3. Add salt, pepper, cumin (optional), finely chopped onion (optional). Mix it well.

4. Heat a pan with a lot of oil. Make sure it is very hot! Put some mixture into the pan and form approx 5 inch wide pancakes. Fry it until golden then flip it. Repeat the process.

Potato pancakes in a frying pan
Potato pancakes in a frying pan

5. Lay some paper towels on a plate or a chopping board, once the pancakes are ready and cooked, put it on the towel to get the excess oil out. It’s done! Serve it immediately with raw vegan “cheese” sauce, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.

Note for vegan version: In case you do not have egg replacer, try draining grated potatoes as much as you can and use onion. I’ve read on some vegan forums that it worked just fine as long as the potatoes were dry and onion somehow made the whole mixture stick. I haven’t tried it myself yet so let me know if it worked for you!

Bite of potato pancakes
Bite of potato pancakes

Feel free to improvise and add some more vegetables into it (grated carrots, cabbage and etc) or grated cheese. Keep me updated if your experiments worked!

Do you like potatoes? What is your favorite dish with this vegetable?

Quick and very easy potato pancakes recipe
Quick and very easy potato pancakes recipe


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  1. Rose

    22nd December 2016 at 2:16 am

    Always looking for a new recipe and a 2 ingredient quick recipe is always nice to have. These will make a nice side dish for breakfast or dinner.

  2. Meghan Capps

    26th December 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I agree- one can never have too many potatoe dishes!

  3. Collette

    26th December 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Definitely want to try these!

  4. chantal

    15th January 2017 at 3:29 pm

    This looks so good. I’m definitely going to try it very soon.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Jacqui S

    10th March 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Those look interesting. I’ve made potato patties after thanksgiving dinners. But haven’t tried these. Will have to try sometime!

  6. Richard Bivins

    10th March 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I love potato pancakes but I usually get a box mix or when I lived in Chicago I would get them already prepared at my local deli. I might try your recipe tomorrow.

  7. Stephenie -Blended Life Happy Wife

    11th March 2017 at 12:38 am

    Great quick and easy recipe. Going to try it out

  8. Author Brandi Kennedy

    11th March 2017 at 1:19 am

    I have no idea how I’ve never had this before, but I totally LOVE potatoes. I’m definitely going to try these – and soon!

  9. Amber Myers

    11th March 2017 at 1:30 am

    Mmm, these look fantastic. I love all things potato!

  10. Shobika

    11th March 2017 at 3:26 am

    WOW they look great. Definitely saving this to make later. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Cynthia Nicoletti

    12th March 2017 at 4:58 am

    Looks good. I don’t have a good recipe for potato pancakes. Will save and try your recipe thank you.

  12. Alyssa

    12th March 2017 at 11:23 am

    I love love love potato pancakes and these look absolutely delicious. Pinning these now!

  13. Roberta

    12th March 2017 at 4:21 pm

    These look delicious, can’t wait to try them! Just pinned it to my food favorites!

  14. Nicole - Miss Sparkle

    13th March 2017 at 2:12 pm

    This looks very quick and easy! I really love cooking, will try it out!

  15. stacey

    13th March 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Yum, I love these in the morning. Nice and easy recipe, just like I like it.

  16. Jennifer L

    14th March 2017 at 5:02 am

    oh these potato pancakes look so good. I love potatoes in general, but there’s something about a baked potato that is so good.

  17. Amanda Love

    16th March 2017 at 12:06 pm

    You weren’t kidding about the quick and easy part! This is a nice recipe, perfect for busy days. The kids and I are huge fans of potatoes and I would love to make this for them.

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