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Hearty leftover mashed potato pancakes on a mid century plate

Easy and Delicious Mashed Potato Pancakes

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: Approx 5 Pancakes 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


These light, fluffy mashed potato pancakes are a crispy alternative to hash browns as a side to your southern breakfast.



2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups mashed potatoes (generally 2 large or 3 medium russet potatoes - leftovers work great)

1 egg

2 green onions, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pour oil in skillet and heat over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Mix mashed potatoes, egg and green onion in a mixing bowl, reserving a few green onion pieces to sprinkle on top for serving.
  3. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Scoop out potatoes with a tablespoon, drop into skillet, and flatten with spatula. Cook first side until crispy brown--about 3-5 minutes, then flip once and cook the other side another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the oil. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and serve immediately.


Modern Twist: You can make cheesy potato pancakes by adding 1/4 cup of shredded cheese while mixing

Serve with sour cream, ketchup or hot sauce if desired

Keywords: Mashed Potatoes, latkes, Potato Pancake, Breakfast Side Dish, potato side dish, hash browns