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Air Fryer Latkes Recipe

platter of air fryer latkes

Crispy Air Fryer Potato Latkes


Celebrate tradition with a modern twist using this Crispy Air Fryer Potato Latkes recipe. Perfect for Hanukkah or any occasion that calls for a comforting, crispy treat, these latkes maintain the classic flavors of grated potato and onion, with a significantly lighter cooking method.

The air fryer ensures each latke is evenly crisped to golden perfection without the need for deep frying, offering a healthier alternative that doesn't compromise on taste or texture.

Ingredients List - Air Fryer Latkes Recipe

  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated

  • 1 medium onion, grated

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • Applesauce and sour cream, for serving

Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Drain the Potatoes: After grating the potatoes and onion, wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. This step is crucial for achieving crispy latkes.

  2. Mix the Batter: In a large bowl, combine the drained potatoes and onion with the beaten eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Stir until the mixture is well combined.

  3. Preheat your air fryer to 370°F (188°C) for about 3 minutes.

  4. Form the Latkes: Take a heaping tablespoon of the potato mixture and form it into a flat, round shape. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

  5. Cook: Place the latkes in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they don't touch. You may need to cook them in batches. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the latkes are golden brown and crispy on both sides.

  6. Serve: Serve the latkes hot, accompanied by applesauce and sour cream on the side.

plate of latkes with a sauce in a dish

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • For a gluten-free version, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend or matzo meal.

  • Experiment with adding additional ingredients to the batter, such as grated carrots or zucchini, for a variation on the traditional recipe.

  • Keep the cooked latkes warm in an oven set to a low temperature while you finish air frying the remaining batches.

Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • Spice up your latkes by adding finely chopped fresh herbs like dill or parsley to the batter.

  • For a sweeter version, serve the latkes with a cinnamon-sugar mixture sprinkled on top, along with the applesauce.

  • Try making mini latkes for a bite-sized appetizer, adjusting the cooking time accordingly.

Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Crispy Air Fryer Potato Latkes offer a delicious, healthier way to enjoy a traditional favorite, perfect for Hanukkah celebrations or any time you crave a crispy potato snack.

  • Utilizing the air fryer allows for less oil usage, making these latkes a lighter option without sacrificing the crispy texture and comforting taste.

  • A serving of latkes (2-3 latkes) is approximately 150-200 calories, depending on their size and the accompaniments.


The Crispy Air Fryer Potato Latkes recipe is a celebration of tradition and modern cooking techniques, bringing together the best of both worlds. Whether you're observing Hanukkah or simply in the mood for a comforting, crispy treat, these air fryer latkes are sure to satisfy with their golden exterior and tender interior. Serve them up with classic accompaniments like applesauce and sour cream for a deliciously satisfying experience.



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