Air Fryer Potato Pancakes [Homemade]

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If you’re craving a potato dish that is easy to whip together, these air fryer potato pancakes are the way to go!

Made with just a few ingredients like raw potatoes, egg, and flour, they are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, and can be enjoyed both savory or sweet with dips and sauces!

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Air fryer potato pancakes – made from scratch!

Ingredients

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The ingredients needed to make these potato pancakes!

If you want to make these crispy potato pancakes, here are the ingredients that you will need. There are not too many, so you can whip them up pretty quickly if you want!

  • Potatoes – shredded; any type of potato will work, but try using russet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, white potatoes, or Idaho potatoes if you have them on hand.
  • Egg – Used as a binder to hold the potato pancakes together.
  • Onion – One yellow onion, grated; to add flavor.
  • All-purpose flour – To bind the ingredients together.
  • Salt – To enhance the flavor of the pancakes.
  • Pepper – To add a bit of spice and depth of flavor.
  • Oil – To grease the air fryer basket.

Recipe Tips

Before you head off to make these potato pancakes in the air fryer, read through these few recipe tips so that you know just what to expect from this recipe!

  • Instead of grating the potatoes with a grater, you can use a food processor to shred the potatoes. Just don’t shred them too fine.
  • If you want to enjoy the potato pancakes sweet (with apple sauce, for example), don’t add black pepper.
  • Don’t grate the potatoes ahead of time, since they may change color due to oxidation.
  • Squeeze out as much liquid as possible, otherwise, the potato pancakes may not air fry well.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket or the potato pancakes may not cook and crisp evenly.
  • If you have trouble with the potato pancake mix running through the cracks in the air fryer basket, place down a bit of parchment paper. The cooking time will likely be longer in that case.
  • This recipe is for homemade potato pancakes. You might also be interested in frozen potato pancakes made in the air fryer!
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Step by Step Instructions

If you’re interested in seeing exactly how to make air-fried potato pancakes, then you can have a look at the recipe process photos in this section. This way you can follow along as you cook!

Of course, if you want to read the detailed recipe card, you can find it at the bottom of this post!

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Add the potato, onion, and egg to a bowl.

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, combine the grated potatoes, grated onion, and egg in a bowl.

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Add flour and spices.

Add the flour, salt, and pepper. Skip the pepper, if you want to serve the potato pancakes sweet.

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Squeeze out the excess liquid.

Mix everything thoroughly and try to squeeze out the liquid. This is important, otherwise, the potato pancakes may not air fry well.

four raw potato pancakes in black round air fryer basket.
Form small potato pancakes.

Coat the air fryer grate with oil. Using a spoon, drop some of the potato mixture into the air fryer and form small potato pancakes, about 3 inches in diameter.

Don’t overcrowd the air fryer, cook in batches if needed.

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The potato pancakes should be cooked through.

Air fry the potato pancakes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes (or until crispy and browned), then flip the pancakes to the other side and cook for another 10 minutes or until fully cooked on both sides.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer and the thickness of the potato pancakes.

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Enjoy these crispy potato pancakes.

Serve the potato pancakes with sour cream and fresh herbs, applesauce or sauces of your choice.

Storage Tips

These potato pancakes taste best when they are freshly made. However, if you do have leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge. Properly stored, they’ll last for about 3-4 days.

The best thing about potato pancakes is that you can reheat them very easily. You can use a pan with a bit of oil or you can also just place them back in the air fryer for a few minutes until heated through.

What to Serve Air Fryer Potato Pancakes With

Serve potato pancakes with sour cream and fresh herbs or a garlic sauce to enjoy them savory. If you want to eat them sweet, you can serve them with applesauce!

FAQ

Here are some answers to questions about air fryer potato pancakes!

How to make potato pancakes in the air fryer?

Shred the potatoes and mix with onion, flour, egg, and spices. Grease the air fryer tray with oil, then spoon a small amount of potato batter into the air fryer to form a few pancakes and air fry for about 15 minutes on one side. Flip them, and air fry for another 10 minutes or until cooked through.

How to reheat potato pancakes in the air fryer?

To reheat potato pancakes in the air fryer, place them in the air fryer in one layer and cook for a few minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until heated through and crispy.

Related Recipes

If you liked these potato pancakes – and breakfast is one of your favorite meals – here are more potato recipes that might do the trick!

crispy potato pancakes on plate with sour cream and herbs beside.

Air Fryer Potato Pancakes

Air Fryer Potato Pancakes are crispy and delicious! Made with shredded potatoes and just a few other simple ingredients, these pancakes can be enjoyed both savory or sweet.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized potatoes, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yellow onion, grated
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, for savory pancakes
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, combine the grated potatoes, grated onion and egg.
    3 medium-sized potatoes, 1 egg, 1 yellow onion
  • Add the flour, salt and pepper (for savory pancakes). Mix everything thoroughly and try to squeeze out the liquid. This is important, otherwise the potato pancakes may not air fry well.
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Grease the air fryer grate with oil. Using a spoon, drop some of the potato mixture into the air fryer and form small potato pancakes about 3 inches in diameter. Don't overcrowd the air fryer – cook in batches if needed.
    1 tablespoon oil
  • Air fry the potato pancakes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes (or until crispy and browned), then flip the pancakes to the other side and cook for another 10 minutes until fully cooked on both sides. The exact cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer and the thickness of the potato pancakes.
  • Serve potato pancakes with sour cream and fresh herbs, applesauce or sauces of your choice.

Notes

  • Instead of grating the potatoes with a grater, you can use a food processor to shred the potatoes. Just don’t shred them too fine.
  • If you want to enjoy the potato pancakes sweet (e.g. with applesauce), don’t add black pepper.
  • Don’t grate the potatoes ahead of time, as they may change color due to oxidation.
  • Squeeze out as much liquid as possible, otherwise, the potato pancakes may not air fry well.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket or the potato pancakes may not cook and crisp evenly.
  • If you have trouble with the potato pancake mix running through the cracks in the air fryer basket, place down a bit of parchment paper. The cooking time will likely be longer in that case.

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 984mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Quick Meals
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Yuliia is a photographer based in the UK. Having a large family, she was excited to discover the air fryer two years ago. It has been her indispensable assistant ever since! She loves experimenting with air fryer recipes and cooking something new for her family.

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