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Latkes (Stovetop & Oven Method)

Latkes (Stovetop & Oven Method)

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Make your Hanukkah celebration extra special with golden crispy latkes. You can make them on the stove or in the oven — your choice!

Latkes, or crisp onion-scented potato pancakes, are traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, when it is customary to eat foods fried in oil. At any Hanukkah party, you’ll likely find an apron-clad Jewish mother standing at the stove frying and serving up these savory treats. This tradition can be fun, but it can also be messy and hectic with hot oil splattering all over the stove and children running underfoot. That’s why I was thrilled to discover that latkes can also be fried in the oven! This recipe offers the option of using either the traditional stovetop method or the oven method. The stovetop method is faster, but requires cooking the latkes in batches. The oven method takes longer, but allows all the latkes to be cooked at the same time and is less messy. The latkes are delicious either way. Serve them warm with sour cream and applesauce.

What You’ll Need To Make Latkes

ingredients to make latkes

If using the oven method, you’ll need two heavy nonstick rimmed baking sheets. Be sure they are truly nonstick and in good shape, otherwise the latkes may stick.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Make the Batter

Peel the potatoes, then coarsely grate them with the onion together using a food processor or by hand, using a box grater.

shredded potato and onion mixture in food processorPlace the potato and onion mixture in a fine sieve over the sink or a large bowl and press down firmly with a wad of paper towels or a clean dishcloth to wring out excess moisture. Stir and repeat a few times with fresh paper towels until the liquid is mostly drained.

draining liquid from potato and onion mixtureBeat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the potato and onion mixture, salt, baking powder, and flour.

eggs, salt, baking powder, flour, and potato onion mixture in bowlMix until evenly combined.

latke batter

Fry the Latkes: Stovetop Method

In a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat about ¼ cup of oil. Once the oil is hot, drop mounds of batter into the hot pan. Flatten the mounds slightly with a spatula and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the bottom of the latkes are golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.

frying latkes in skilletFlip and cook until the second side is golden, another 4 to 5 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary. Drain on paper towels and repeat with the remaining batter.

crispy latkes in skilletFry the Latkes: Oven Method

Preheat oven to 425°F and put 2 oven racks in the centermost positions. Fill two heavy nonstick rimmed baking sheets with ½ cup oil each.

pouring oil in rimmed baking sheet

Place the pans in the oven for 10 minutes to heat the oil. Wearing oven mitts, very carefully remove the pans from the oven. Drop mounds of batter onto the baking sheets, spacing the latkes about 1½ inches apart. Using the back of a spoon, press down on the latkes to flatten just slightly.

latke batter on hot oiled baking sheetBake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are crisp and golden. Carefully remove the pans from oven.

latkes before flippingFlip the latkes (tongs are the best tool as a spatula may cause oil to splatter).

latkes after flippingPlace the pans back in the oven and cook until the latkes are crisp and golden brown all over, about 10 minutes more.

Drain the Latkes

After cooking on the stovetop or in the oven, transfer the latkes to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain.

fried latkes on baking lined with paper towels

Serve the latkes with sour cream and applesauce.

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Latkes (Stovetop & Oven Method)

Make your Hanukkah celebration extra special with golden crispy latkes. You can make them on the stove or in the oven — your choice!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (2 to 3 potatoes)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled (about the size of a baseball)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sour cream and applesauce, for serving

Instructions

  1. If using the oven method, preheat the oven to 425°F and set two oven racks in the centermost positions.
  2. Make the Batter: Peel the potatoes, then coarsely grate them with the onion together using a food processor fitted with the steel blade or by hand, using a box grater. Place the potato and onion mixture in a fine sieve over the sink or a large bowl and press down firmly with a wad of paper towels or a clean dishcloth to wring out excess moisture. Stir and repeat a few times with fresh paper towels until the liquid is mostly drained. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the potato and onion mixture, salt, baking powder, and flour. Mix until evenly combined.
  3. Stovetop Method: In a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat about ¼ cup of oil. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, drop mounds of batter (about 3 tablespoons) into the hot pan (the batter should sizzle when you drop it in). Flatten the mounds slightly with a spatula. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the bottom of the latkes are golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden, another 4 to 5 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary. Transfer the latkes to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil as necessary.
  4. Oven Method: Fill two heavy nonstick rimmed baking sheets with ½ cup oil each (see note). Place the pans in the oven for 10 minutes to heat the oil. Wearing oven mitts, very carefully remove the pans from the oven. Drop mounds of batter (about 3 tablespoons) onto the baking sheets, spacing the latkes about 1½ inches apart. Using the back of a spoon, press down on the latkes to flatten just slightly. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are crisp and golden. Carefully remove the pans from oven and flip the latkes (tongs are the best tool as a spatula may cause oil to splatter). Place the pans back in the oven and cook until the latkes are crisp and golden brown all over, about 10 minutes more. Remove the pans from the oven and transfer the latkes to a baking sheet lined with paper towels.
  5. Serve the latkes warm with sour cream and applesauce.
  6. Note: If using the oven method, you’ll need two heavy nonstick rimmed baking sheets. Be sure they are truly nonstick and in good shape, otherwise the latkes will stick.
  7. Make-Ahead/Freezer Friendly Instructions: Latkes are best served fresh from the skillet or oven, but they reheat well. Place them on a foil-lined baking sheet in a 375°F-oven for about 10 minutes, or until hot. They can also be frozen for up to three months; reheat directly from the freezer; allow a few extra minutes in the oven.

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