Easy Potato Pancakes Recipe

My easy potato pancakes recipe with spring onions and dill is a  quick and easy treat for Pancakes Day. Or any day, really. They make a great breakfast idea, and a perfect choice if you are after a savoury kind of pancakes, rather than the sugary ones.

5 potato pancakes on a white plate with chopped spring onions scattered over

Pancakes Day

But what’s with the Pancakes Day? Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancakes Day, is celebrated on the Tuesday before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

It is said that the tradition of having pancakes on this particular day goes as far back as the 15th century, and it was a good opportunity for people to use up eggs and fat before Lent. There is no fixed date for Pancakes Day, this usually varies from year to year, being determined by Easter.

In other words, Pancakes Day may be seen as the perfect opportunity to eat silly and indulge on some delicious pancakes and other scrumptious dishes. And that without even feeling guilty 🙂 After all, if you do decide to fast for the entire length of the Lent, well, what’s a long time without pancakes, unless you go for the vegan version.

A stack of potato pancakes topped with a fried egg, a salad leaf and chopped spring onion

Now, you might ask yourself why vegan pancakes during Lent. Well, in Romania, the vast majority of the population are Christian Orthodox. Our fast is a lot harsher and stricter than the Catholic one, for example.

No dairy, eggs or meat, or anything containing them can be consumed during Lent or any other fasting day throughout the year. It is not easy, indeed, to fast, but it’s surprising what a great range of foods can be consumed anyway.

It’s like being vegan for that certain period of the fast, and am sure those of you who follow a vegan diet can tell it’s not impossible, if there is a good will. You do get used to it after a while, and once you break the fast, you find it hard to go crazy on your usual food. We do indulge once the fast is over, oh yes, we do.

A white plate with a potato pancake, a slice of cheese, chopped spring onions and a fork

Serve with a fried or poached egg, cheese or even bacon and you are in for a treat. Get ready to show your skills in flipping pancakes like a professional with these easy to make potato pancakes.

Just make sure you use a non-stick pan, that saves a headache, and makes flipping a walk in the park. Anyway, if you are after more delicious pancakes, how about some fluffy American pancakes?  Or some nice French crepes? Decisions, decisions….

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Best potato pancakes recipe
Easy Potato Pancakes Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Easy potato pancakes recipe, a super delicious idea for a great breakfast. Serve with a fried egg, bacon and some spring onions, and you are good to go.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: English
Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 246 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 300 ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 20 g butter
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • dill
  • ground black pepper
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into small cubes.
  2. Bring a pan of salty water to the boil and boil the potatoes until soft.
  3. Drain the water and mash the potatoes.
  4. Set aside and allow the mashed potatoes to cool.
  5. Add the butter to a frying pan and melt over a low heat. Leave it to cool.
  6. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder. Separatelly, mix the milk and the eggs.
  7. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the wet ingredients.
  8. Mix well, then add the cooled mashed potatoes, butter and chopped spring onions and dill.
  9. Season with salt, paprika and ground black pepper.
  10. Add a drop of vegetable oil to a frying pan a ladle some batter into the pan, tilting it so the batter can spread evenly.
  11. Cook for about 30 seconds, then flip the pancake over. Leave it to cook on the other side for a further 20 to 30 seconds.
  12. Transfer the pancake to a plate and repeat the process until you finish the batter.
Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Potato Pancakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 347mg 14%
Potassium 452mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 12.6%
Iron 19.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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  • Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Yum! I love potato pancakes! I tend to eat them with applesauce 🙂

  • Reply
    February 4, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    My mum used to make something like these, Daniela, but she just called them potato cakes. She didn’t include the dill or spring onions though. I think she just added a little ordinary chopped onion. I really like your recipe and now that you’ve posted this, I’ll make them very soon.

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      February 4, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you very much, Millie, your comments are always so kind. I am happy that you like them, the dill really gives a distinct flavour to these pancakes. I really loved them with egg and cheese.

  • Reply
    February 4, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Did my comment get posted, Daniela?

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