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My mother made potato fritters ... and here's the recipe

How to make German-style potato fritters

1y ago

I think I don't need to tell you anything about potato fritters, as they are known all across Europe.

In Germany, "Kartoffelpuffer" (or in standard German "Reibekuchen") are a snack you can usually buy at parish fairs or Christmas markets, but many families also have them on the menu.

In the past it was a welcome dish for vegetarian Friday – and today it's still popular, as it's cheap and quickly prepared. Unfortunately you can't say the fritters are low in calories, though...


German potato fritters

CuisineGerman, European
MealBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • 1kg potatoes, peeled
  • 1-2 onions, peeled
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 100g oat flakes
  • Oil, salt and pepper


  1. Grate the potatoes and the onions using a food processor.
  2. Press the water out of the mash and collect the squeezed out liquid. You can put the mash in a clean dry cloth, but a fine sieve will do, too.
  3. Wait a moment and give the potato starch time to sink down. Then, carefully strain off the water and leave the starch in the bowl.
  4. Put the mash back in the bowl with the starch and mix it with the eggs and oat flakes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit of milk. If it's too thin, use more oat flakes.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and make a small fritter to test if the mash is perfectly composed and seasoned. If necessary, add more salt.
  7. If the mixture is right, use the remaining mash to make more fritters. Use one heaped tablespoon per fritter and press it in the pan to form a flat cake. Place three fritters in a pan (the pan should have 30cm in diameter). Use two pans at the same time if you have enough space.
  8. Fry the fritters until they are crispy and let them drip off on a paper towel.

Recipe by

Tiana LeBeauf and mother

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We traditionally eat the potato fritters with (slightly sour) apple sauce or use them as bread toppers, but you can combine them with nearly everything – for example sugar, sugar beet syrup, smoked salmon or sour cream.

Tip: potato fritters on bread make a nice lunch the following day.

If you are on holiday in Germany and have an apartment or holiday home with a kitchen, you can make potato fritters by using one of the boxes with ready-made mash you can find in the cooling department of every larger supermarket. They say the mash is ready, but it's better if you refine it with one or two eggs, milk and oat flakes.


You can replace some of the potatoes with other vegetables such as courgette or carrots.

How to do it: the pictures

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Mix the mash. If it looks like this, the mash has the right texture.

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I said three fritters per pan, but my mother doesn't always listen.

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With apple sauce ...

With apple sauce ...

... and with bread

... and with bread

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Comments (1)

  • My Mother was from Germany and used to make these when I was a kid. I still can’t recreate the wonderful ones she made. I’ve been trying for 40 years 😱. Will definitely give your recipe ago, but can only accompany mine with HP Sauce πŸ‘

      1 year ago