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Easy potato pancakes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as an appetizer. They have crispy golden edges and a cheesy center!

Serve these pancakes as an appetizer alongside Bacon Wrapped Smokies, Spinach Puffs, and Queso Blanco.

Potato Pancakes on white plate

Mashed Potato Pancakes

We love pancakes, but have you ever tried Potato Pancakes?

Potato pancakes are such a delicious way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. They have fluffy centers, golden edges, and a little cheese for extra flavor.

They’re great as a side dish instead of mashed potatoes or baked potatoes – but I also love them for breakfast instead of making hash browns.

We’ve always loved mashed potatoes and rarely have leftovers, but with this recipe we are sure to try and have some saved so we can make these mashed potato pancakes the next morning.

Potato Pancake balls in an ice cream scoop.

How to Make Potato Pancakes

I prefer using mashed potatoes without garlic – but if that’s all you have they’ll work too.

  1. COMBINE. Aa a little shredded cheddar cheese, parsley, eggs, and flour to the mashed potatoes. The eggs and flour help to bind the pancakes together. Adding the cheese and parsley add even more flavor. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. SEASON. I always add a little salt and pepper for flavor – but this will depend on how much seasoning you added to your mashed potatoes.
  3. FORM. To form the batter into patties, I like to use a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to make potato pancakes that are around 3-4 tablespoons of batter each. Flatten out the patties with your palms so they’re about 1/3 – 1/2 inch thick.
  4. FRY. Then fry in a large frying or on the griddle until golden on both sides.
Crispy potato pancakes stacked on a white plate

Tips + Storing Info

I like to serve these with the same toppings as baked potatoes, which includes:

  • sour cream
  • green onion
  • bacon bits
  • and more cheese!

To FREEZE, wrap tightly in aluminum foil and place in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Place in freezer and store there for up to 3 months. Look at the notes above on how to reheat the pancakes if frozen.

REHEAT in the oven. To do that, preheat oven to 350 (or 400 for frozen potato pancakes). Place a baking rack on a baking sheet, arrange on top and bake for about 5 minutes (10 minutes for frozen potato pancakes).

Potato Pancake Recipe stacked on plate topped with sour cream

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Potato Pancake Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Easy potato pancakes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as a side. They have crispy golden edges and a cheesy center!
Servings: 12 pancakes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste to taste
  • vegetable oil for frying
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  • Preheat a large frying pan or griddle to medium heat.
  • If your potatoes are cold from the fridge, I recommend warming them up slightly and giving them a second mash or beating with an electric mixer so they’re easier to work with. 
  • In a large bowl add the mashed potatoes, eggs, flour, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. 
  • Stir the ingredients together.
  • Grease the frying pan/skillet lightly.
  • Form the dough into patties about 1/4 cup of batter each. Flatten the patty between your palms.
  • Fry on the one side until golden (about 3-5 minutes), then flip and fry on the second side until golden.


*If your potatoes were already seasoned quite heavily, you may not need the salt & pepper. 


Serving: 12g, Calories: 103kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 187mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 94IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. Susan says:

    5 stars
    Made these tonight. Loved them!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed the pancakes!

  2. Lark Gibson says:

    5 stars
    My entire family loved these, which is rare! We served them with apple sauce and sour cream.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Yum!! Love when I find a recipe the whole family loves! Thank you!

  3. frances thompson says:

    is the flour self raising flour or all purpose flour

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I used all purpose 🙂

  4. Amanda says:

    Can you think of a good egg substitute for this recipe? I normally use flax egg or banana but I wasn’t sure if that would work.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I personally haven’t tried either of those, so I am not sure. I am thinking they’d be ok. I am not normally substituting egg.

  5. Rachel says:

    5 stars
    Ive Made these once before, AMAZING!! Im making these again tonight except im making Gravy as the “syRup”.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      That sounds yum!! I am glad you liked it!