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Easy Air Fryer Latkes

These Easy Air Fryer Latkes are made with a traditional blend of Russet potatoes, onions, and egg, and cook up into golden-brown perfection in your air fryer! You’ll love the savory flavor, crisp lacy edges, and steamy, soft interior.

potato latkes arranged on a light brown plate with a small bowl of sour cream placed next to the latkes, and a bowl of applesauce near the plate.

Classic Crispy Latkes in the Air Fryer!

It’s latke time, you guys! When the season of Hanukkah rolls around, the festive and beautiful traditions involved are so inspiring. I love the story of how a little bit of oil miraculously lasted 8 days, giving hope even in dire times. I also love enjoying the traditional treats associated with the celebration – anything fried in oil is up for grabs! Doughnuts are a favorite, but latkes have all my love.

Whether you observe the holiday or not, these crispy, golden-brown potato fritters are an amazing treat! And when you use an Air Fryer, they’re seriously easy to make.

two cooked latkes inside a black air fryer basket.

What’s the Difference Between Potato Pancakes and Latkes?

Technically, a latke doesn’t actually have to be made with potatoes, although that’s probably the most famous version. “Latke” is Yiddish for “little oily thing,” and a latke is basically a fritter; a small fried patty of some kind. They can be made with all kinds of different ingredients, but somewhere along the way the favorite potato and onion version really took off in popularity. These days, if you hear the word “latke,” you probably think of one of these tasty potato fritters.

Potato Latkes Ingredients

  • Potatoes: While some cooks swear by the buttery flavor of Yukon Gold, in general, Russet potatoes are the “gold standard” for latkes! Peel several large russet potatoes before grating them.
  • Onion: Peel a small onion. I usually use yellow onions, but you could also use white, red, or sweet onions.
  • Eggs: To bind the mixture together, you’ll need a couple of large, whole eggs.
  • Panko: Panko crumbs add texture and also help bind the mixture. You could also use matzo crumbs or meal.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sour Cream, Apple Sauce, and Chives: For serving. There’s nothing like a fresh, hot potato latke dipped in applesauce or sour cream, or sprinkled with fresh chopped chives. ?

How to Make Air Fryer Latkes

Making these potato latkes is super easy! The key to making sure that they turn out crispy and not falling apart is to dry the grated veggies carefully. Take a look at these easy steps!

  1. Prep the Air Fryer and the Veggies. Before you get started, set the air fryer to preheat to 400˚F. Next, grate the potatoes and the onion on the large holes of a box grater. Then place the grated veggies onto a clean kitchen towel, pull up the sides of the towel to make a bundle, and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. 
  2. Make the Potato Latke Mixture. Place the dried potatoes and onions in a large bowl. Add the eggs, panko crumbs, salt, and pepper, and stir well to combine. 
  3. Start Frying the Latkes. Grease the air fryer racks (or basket) with cooking spray, and drop dollops of the potato mixture, flattening each to make a patty. Spray the patties with cooking spray, and cook in the air fryer for 8 minutes.
  4. Flip the Latkes and Finish Cooking. After the first 8 minutes, flip the latkes over and spray again with cooking spray. Finish air-frying for about 5 more minutes, or until the latkes are crispy and golden brown all over. 
  5. Serve. Serve the latkes warm, with sour cream, applesauce, chives, and whatever other toppings you like.
potato latkes arranged on a light brown plate with a small bowl of applesauce placed next to the latkes, and a bowl of sour cream near the plate.

Tips for Amazing Latkes

  • Make a Lot(ke): If you want to make latkes for a crowd, you can speed up the process (literally!) by using a food processor. The large holes of the grating attachment will produce perfect latke shreds.
  • Extra Starch: To help your latkes hold together and turn out even more crispy, save the liquid you strain out of them in a small bowl. Allow the liquid to sit for several minutes, so that the potato starch settles to the bottom of the bowl. Pour off the excess liquid from the top of the bowl, and then scrape the starchy juice into your latke batter. This added potato starch is great for crispy latkes!
  • Breathing Space: Make sure to space the latkes out in the air fryer. If you crowd the racks or basket, the latkes won’t cook as well, and can even turn out mushy!
  • Spice Things Up: This basic recipe can be modified in any way you like! Seasonings like garlic powder, seasoned salt, or even nutmeg and cinnamon can add a punch of flavor to your latkes.

Storing And Reheating Leftovers

  • To refrigerate leftovers, just cool them on a baking rack or tray, and then pack them into airtight containers.
  • If you want to store them in layers, make sure to put a piece of parchment or wax paper between each layer to prevent sticking. Stored this way, they’ll keep for up to 2 days in the fridge and 2 weeks in the freezer.
  • Reheat frozen or refrigerated latkes in the air fryer. Preheat to 350˚F and air-fry for 7 to 10 minutes per side for frozen or 3 to 5 minutes per side for refrigerated.
dipping a latke in sour cream.

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potato latkes arranged on a light brown plate with a small bowl of sour cream placed next to the latkes, and a bowl of applesauce near the plate.

Air Fryer Latkes

Katerina | Diethood
These easy Air Fryer Latkes are made with a traditional blend of Russet potatoes, onions, and egg, and cook up into golden-brown perfection in your air fryer!
5 from 20 votes
Servings : 16
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 to 4 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • chopped fresh chives, for garnish
For Serving
  • sour cream
  • applesauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400˚F.
  • Grate the potatoes and onion on the large holes of a box grater.
  • Transfer the mixture to a kitchen towel, pull up the sides of the towel, and squeeze out the moisture as much as possible.
  • Place the potato mixture in a large bowl.
  • To the potato mixture add the eggs, panko crumbs, salt, and pepper; stir until well combined.
  • Grease the air fryer racks or basket with cooking spray.
  • Drop the potato mixture in 2 to 3 tablespoon dollops into the air fryer, flattening the top to make a patty.
    DO NOT crowd the air fryer – arrange the latkes in one single layer, and cook them in batches.
  • Spray the tops with cooking spray.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 8 minutes.
  • Flip them over, grease with cooking spray, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped chives and serve with sour cream, apple sauce, etc…

Equipment

Nutrition

Calories: 52 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 21 mg | Sodium: 165 mg | Potassium: 184 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 30 IU | Vitamin C: 3 mg | Calcium: 10 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish/Appetizer
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: hanukkah food, how to make latkes, potato fritters
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30 comments on “Easy Air Fryer Latkes”

  1. Good day! This is the recipe I’ve been looking for! All the comments help. Just a quick question… my air fryer is one with double doors which air fries and bakes, etc. I’ll put it on air fry? Or does baking also work?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi!
      Because I tested this particular recipe with an air fryer, I would say to choose the air fry setting, not the bake setting.

  2. I used a food processor to speed up the grating portion. The air fryer made the latkes nice and crispy. So much easier and cleaner than oil splattering all over the place, I’ll definitely use this recipe again.

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    Alison Levin

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! One question – if I’m gluten free, do you recommend GF panko or do I need to include another ingredient to get the right outcome? Thanks for your insight!

  4. Followed the recipe as written. Absolutely delicious and much healthier than the classic oil-fried version. Added to our list of favourites!

  5. Followed the directions as is. The hardest part was grating the potatoes and onion and squeezing out the moisture. Added cinnamon and seasoned salt to the recipe. Kept the latkes warm in the oven. Wonderful recipe and much easier than a greasy skillet. Set air fryer to 400 and cooked at 7 minutes, flipped and added 4 more minutes. We adjusted the time after our first batch. Served with sour cream and applesauce. Just great!

  6. Those look amazing! They came out so perfectly. I can’t wait to bust out my air fryer and give them a try.

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