Air Fryer Latkes are a delicious and crispy alternative to traditional potato latkes. This homemade recipe is quick and easy so there’s no fuss about making them on your own! There is nothing better than making homemade crispy potato latkes with your air fryer too! Latkes make a great side dish or appetizer, just serve them with some sour cream, and everyone will be delighted that you made such a yummy treat!
These crispy potato pancakes are my all-time favorite dish. The air fryer makes them light, fluffy, and tasty, and this recipe is quick and easy so it’s not a bother to make them from scratch! There is nothing better than these homemade air fry latkes!
I love making appetizers in the oven, but sometimes you need something easy that doesn’t take much time, so I turn to the Air Fryer for these quick snacks or side dishes. Not only because it’s fast and easy without sacrificing any flavor at all, which is why they’re perfectly served with our Homemade Instant Pot Apple Sauce Recipe or some sour cream!
I know I can always rely on the air fryer for creating tasty potato alternatives. The best of these are Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes, which come out crispy and topped with an Air Fryer Fried Egg! If you’re looking to take your breakfast game up another notch, try my recipe for Air Fryer Potato Wedges or some Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries that would be perfect alongside any Easy Air Fryer Chicken Recipe or anything else really- in just 20 minutes flat!
What Are Latkes?
Latkes are a traditional Jewish food eaten during Hanukkah. They are pancakes made from grated potato, flour, and egg. Their name comes from the Yiddish word “latke,” which means ‘small pancake.’ When you eat latkes, they taste fantastic with applesauce or sour cream!
Latkes are one of our favorite things about Hanukkah because they’re delicious and easy to make! They’re just like pancakes, but we use mashed potatoes instead of flour.
Air fryers are a great way to make traditionally fried food healthier without deep fat. Air Fryers work by circulating hot air around the air fryer basket and cooking the food to perfection. While the taste is as good as fried food, with your air fryer, you will avoid frying cooks with vegetable oil that’s higher in calories, making your food healthy and delicious! Same great flavor, fewer calories! Oh, so good!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Latkes
- Shredded Hashbrowns
- Seasoned Salt
- Sweet Paprika
- Black Pepper
How To Make Potato Latkes In The Air Fryer
Step 1: Thaw Hashbrowns and Add Other Ingredients
- Fully thaw the hashbrowns and remove any excess liquid.
- Combine the hashbrowns with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Step 2: Prepare Air Fryer, Make Patties and Cook
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting.
- Form the mixture into patties, ¼ cup each. The mixture will be somewhat damp so squeeze out any excess liquid.
- Add parchment paper to the air fryer’s basket to prevent sticking. Add as many latkes as will fit and spray lightly with cooking oil.
- Cook for 8 minutes.
Step 3: Flip, Cook, and Serve
- After 8 minutes, flip the latkes, spray again with cooking oil and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and repeat with any remaining mixture.
- Serve immediately with sour cream or apple sauce.
Tips and FAQs
- Potatoes: The secret to crispy potato latkes is in the potatoes themselves! To make them, you need to remove the moisture. Make sure you squeeze all your thawed potatoes to remove as much water as possible.
- Preheating: To get a crisp Air Fryer Latkes, don’t forget about preheating your air fryer. You will get a crispy exterior with a warm and delicious interior.
- Oil: Use any oil with a high smoking point, I usually use olive oil, but you can avocado oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil, or even sesame oil.
- Crowding: Do not crowd the air fryer basket. Otherwise, the potato latkes will not make crisps up.
- Flipping: Depending on the air fryer you own, you may need to flip your Air Fryer Latkes halfway during the cooking process.
- Seasonings: You can add any seasoning that you wish. Some great ones are fresh herbs, Cajun Seasoning, and even minced garlic or ginger.
- Breadcrumbs: Use matzo meal instead for a more traditional homemade latke. It is more coarse than dried breadcrumbs, so make sure you give the matzo a few minutes to absorb the liquid from the potato before frying.
- Using An Air Fryer Oven: Place the tray on the lowest slot so that the outside and outside cook simultaneously.
What Is The Difference Between Latkes and Potato Pancakes?
What’s the difference between latkes and potato pancakes? You might think that they’re the same, but there is a difference. Latkes are traditionally made of grated potatoes with eggs and onions, while you can make potato pancakes from any mashed vegetable like russet or sweet potatoes. The texture of these two dishes also differs. Potato pancakes have a more dense texture than latkes which are usually light and crispy outside with a fluffy inside.
How To Store Latkes
This recipe will make about 10 to 12 delicious potato latkes. If you have any leftovers, place them in a sealed container for 1 or 2 days in the refrigerator.
They also freeze well, wrap them in saran wrap, and keep them for about 2 to 3 weeks.
Reheating Latkes In Air Fryer
A great way to eat leftover latkes is by reheating them in the oven or air fryer. Please place them in a preheated air fryer at 350 degrees F, air fryer setting, and heat until warmed through.
Frozen Potato Pancakes In Air Fryer: If you want to reheat frozen latkes in air fryer set them into the air fryer basket and cook for 7 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
What To Serve With Latkes
Latkes are delicious, crispy potato pancakes traditionally served during Hanukkah. While they taste great on their own, they can be made even more flavorful by serving them with various condiments and sides. Serve latkes alongside spicy horseradish and sweet applesauce for an exciting twist on the traditional dish!
When it comes to making this traditional Jewish dish, there is no one right way – you can serve your latkes with whatever tastes best!
What Type Of Frozen Potatoes Are Best For Latkes?
The Best Frozen Latkes!
If you want to make a batch of frozen latkes in the air fryer, but have been wondering which frozen potato latkes are best then here is my list of top picks for the best Frozen Latkes!
- Trader Joe’s Classic Potato Latkes
- Golden Potato Latkes
- Golden Zucchini Latkes
- Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Latkes
Can You Cook Frozen Latkes In The Oven?
Don’t have an air fryer, no problem you can easily make frozen lakes in the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
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Air Fryer Latkes – Air Fryer Latkes are a delicious and crispy alternative to traditional potato latkes. They're easy enough that you can make them on your own! There is nothing better than making crispy potato latkes than your air fryer! They make a great side dish or appetizer, serve with some sour cream, and your family will thank you for making such a yummy treat!
- 4 cups frozen, shredded hashbrowns, thawed
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon papirka
- salt and black pepper to taste
Fully thaw the hashbrowns and remove any excess liquid.
Combine the hashbrowns with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F, air fryer setting.
Form the mixture into patties ¼ cup each. The mixture will be somewhat damp. Squeeze out any excess liquid.
Add parchment paper to the basket of the air fryer to prevent sticking. Add as many latkes as will fit and spray lightly with cooking oil—Cook for 8 minutes.
After 8 minutes, flip the latkes, spray again with cooking oil and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and repeat with any remaining mixture.
Serve immediately with sour cream or apple sauce.