Potato Fritter Recipe for German Reibekuchen with Step by Step Photos

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I’ll show you my Potato Fritter recipe for German Reibekuchen today. Many of us know potato fritter as a side dish or as a fasting dish with apple compote.

The potato pancakes have a lot of names in Germany: Erdäpfelpuffer, Reiberdatschi, Reibeplätzchen, Kartoffelpfannkuchen und Kartoffelplätzchen are common. I only found Potato pancakes and Crispy potato grater cakes as names in english. Its funny for me, “cake” in Germany is always sweet… Please write me about the comment function if you know a better designation.

You will find the most important questions answered below, plus many ideas for your own variations and step-by-step photos. 

You can send me your cooking question via the comment function. Have fun reading and good luck! 

potatoe fritter in the pan

You can make potato pancakes with just one ingredient: potato. You need a coated pan. How to shape the potato fritter I will show you below in the recipe.

1. Potao Fritters which Potatoes?

For potato pancakes you use a mainly waxy potato variety.

Known predominantly waxy varieties are:

  • Finka
  • Marabel
  • Queen Anne
  • Laura

I have already tried out the buffers with various varieties. With a little skill, the buffers will work with any type of potato. Crispier and crispier and therefore better with the variety mentioned above.

Use a predominantly waxy potato variety for potato pancakes.

2. Potato Fritter as Side Dish

The insert buffer comes to my table in its simplest version.

You don’t need any flour, egg or oatmeal.

Simply grate the potatoes, season and fry immediately in the coated pan.

Wow recipe: less is more, please try!

The simple buffer tastes wonderful with fish and meat. It is also a wonderful variation for classic potato pancakes with apple compote, without onion flavour!

Pancake vegan: Prepare buffer without egg and do without onions and oat flakes. You get 100% potato flavor!

potato fritter as side dish

potatoe fritter or potato pancakes as side dish, served with thyme as decoration.

3. Crispy Potato Cake with Oat Flakes

Add oat flakes to your buffers when adding eggs and grated onions to the mixture.

The oat flakes bind the potato mixture and the onions, now it’s really a potato pancake.

You can prepare the pancakes in the pan and fry them with oil, then put them on baking paper in the oven.

The amount of fat is reduced because some fat always runs out and remains on the baking paper.

For those of you who enjoy experimenting, I would like to mention the preparation of potato pancakes in a waffle iron.

Put the potato mixture directly into the hot, greased waffle iron and fry the buffers with pattern.

The grater cake with oat flakes tastes best with sugar and cinnamon to me personally. Instead of oat flakes you can use starch or chickpea flour.

Crispy potato cake with oat flakes or chickpea flour are gluten-free varieties!

Crispy Potato Cake with sugar ant mint.

Crispy Potato Cake German Reibekuchen tastes excellent freshly prepared with sugar and cinnamon.

4. Crispy Potato Cake Recipe

Now we’re going into the kitchen… following many photos… Good success!

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Potato Fritters - Crispy Potato Cake Recipe
Potato fritters Recipe for German "Reibekuchen" from chef Thomas Sixt with many step by step photos. Prepare great potato pancakes and Crispy Potato Cakes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Courses, Side Dishes
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 559kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Potato Fritter Ingredients
  • 500 g potatoes Predominantly waxy potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp salt I use Ursalz or Himalaya salt
  • 4-6 pinches black pepper
  • 4 pinches Cayenne pepper
  • 4 pinches nutmeg
  • 20 ml sunflower oil You can also use rapeseed oil!
Optional Potato Pancake Ingredients
  • 100 g oat flakes You can also use chickpea flour!
  • 1-2 pc onions
  • 2 pc eggs
Ingredients Potato Fritter as Side Dish
  • 4-6 twigs thyme Deco! I like to use thyme, rosemary, parsley as well.
  • 20 g Butter I'll wobble the buffers before serving in Ghee.
Ingredients Potato Pancake with Sugar, Cinnamon and Apple Compote
  • 250 g apple compote
  • cinnamon
  • powdered sugar
  • 4 twigs mint
  • Wash the potatoes in their skins, peel them and make them ready to grate. If you want to peel the potatoes for a long time before preparing them, put them in cold water to prevent them from turning brown.
    Frische Kartoffeln
  • Process the potatoes with the coarse grater to even fibres. Now you could add the Otional Ingredients: Finely grate onion, add eggs, oat flakes or chickpea flour.
    Kartoffeln gerieben
  • Season the prepared mixture with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and nutmeg.
    Kartoffelmasse würzen
  • Mix the potato mixture. Preheat the oven to 180°C at the hot-air stage and heat a coated pan on the stove. Add a little oil to the pan.
    Die Kartoffelmasse mit den Gewürzen vermischen.
  • Place the potato mixture in the pan with your hands and bring into shape.
    Reibekuchenmasse in der Pfanne ausbraten
  • You can use a dressing ring for a more beautiful shape of the potato pancakes.
    Reibekuchen mit Ring in Form bringen.
  • After a few minutes, turn the buffers over and fry them crispy on both sides.
    Reibekuchen in der Pfanne
  • Then place the potato pancakes on a baking tray with baking paper and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
    Reibekuchen, Reiberdatschi auf dem Backblech.
  • Serve potato pancakes as a side dish or with sugar and cinnamon and apple compote or apple sauce.
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2. German Reibekuchen Nutritional Values and Calories at a Glance

Nutrition Facts
Potato Fritters - Crispy Potato Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 1123mg49%
Potassium 2970mg85%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

3. Other suitable Recipes

Dips and cold sauces:
Grill sauces for your next grill evening, 5 cold sauces quickly prepare
Cold sauces based on mayonnaise
Make your own french fries
Potato gratin
Potato gratin with more vegetables
Fried potatoes
Baked potatoes
Simple potato pancakes
Potato fritter and roesti, potato pancakes with chives sauce


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