Cheesy Potato Pancakes

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Delicately crispy crust + pillowy soft inside + ooey gooey cheese filling = DELICIOUS cheesy potato pancakes!

Delicately crispy crust + pillowy soft inside + ooey gooey cheese filling = DELICIOUS cheesy potato pancakes!

One of my greatest weaknesses in the world of food (besides chocolate and french macarons, of course) is potatoes!

There are so many amazing dishes you can prepare with them, but I feel like I don’t share enough of them here. But I made sure to share the top ones. Have you tried my cheesy tater tots? How about garlic rosemary baked steak fries? Or extra crispy baked potato chips? They are all tasty and on “healthier” side.

Today’s potato recipe though isn’t so healthy. But it’s so so good. Delicately crispy crust + pillowy soft inside + ooey gooey cheese filling! Can this be any better?? Hardly…

These potato pancakes are nothing but bland. Flavored with good amount of scallions, garlic and cheese, these crispy pancakes are so flavorful and soft. I used spicy Monterey Jack cheese for the filling, which gave my pancakes extra kick. If you like spicy, give it a try!

As always, here is the step-by-step photo tutorial.

Potato pancakes- step by step photo tutorial

I made hors d’oeuvres-size pancakes here, but you can, of course, adjust the size to your own liking.

My secret weapon for uniform pancakes is this handy-dandy medium cookie scoop. It’s such a handy tool for all things, from cookies to meatballs, from pancakes to truffles! A-kitchen-must-have. Period.

Sour cream, or crème fraîche make perfect condiment for these cheesy pancakes. If you want to get fancy add some smoked salmon. -> Perfect brunch!! 😉

Delicately crispy crust + pillowy soft inside + ooey gooey cheese filling = DELICIOUS cheesy potato pancakes!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for reading!

5 from 4 votes

Cheesy Potato Pancakes

Delicately crispy crust + pillowy soft inside + ooey gooey cheese filling = DELICIOUS cheesy potato pancakes!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 mini pancakes


  • 6 medium russet potatoes about 2lbs, yields about 6 cups grated potatoes
  • 3-4 scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup 30gr all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3.5 oz 85gr Monterey Jack cheese
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sour cream for serving


  • Slice the cheese into thin 1-inch (2.5cm) squares. Set aside.
  • Thinly slice the scallions.
  • Grate the potatoes preferably on a box grater. (If using a food processor, make sure to pulse the shredded potatoes with the blade attachment to cut the long strands.)
  • Soak the grated potatoes in a cold water for about 10 minutes. Drain and squeeze out as much water as you can.
  • In a large bowl, combine the grated potatoes, sliced scallions, garlic, eggs, flour, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Add about 1/4-inch oil into a frying pan and heat over medium high heat.
  • Drop about 1 heaping tablespoon of potato mixture into the oil (I use this medium cookie scoop for this step), flatten the mixture and place a slice of cheese in the middle. Cover the cheese with a little bit of potato mixture (about ½ tablespoon of mixture).
  • Cook about 3-4 pancakes at a time, and don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook the pancakes about 3 minutes on each side, or until the pancakes are cooked through and golden brown. Remove the pancakes on paper towel to drain.
  • Serve warm with sour cream. (Also smoked salmon makes a great addition to these pancakes.)

Tips & Notes

Make ahead tip: Keep the cooked pancakes in the fridge. Bake them in the oven at 350° (175°C) for about 10 minutes before serving.
For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.


Calories: 70kcal
Carbohydrates: 11g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 2g
Sugar: 1g
Sodium: 131mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American

This recipe was originally published on September 7th, 2015.

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  1. 5 stars
    I hope that everyone that saw this recipe tried it!!! we’ve been having these potato pancakes for like the past 3 days and we had them for breakfast lunch and dinner! seriously! They are hard to stay away from! even my very picky daughter absolutely loved these! This recipe is extremely delicious and i encourage everyone to try it, you will not be dissapointed!! Thank you Shinee, i will definitely be checking out your blog for more recipes!!!!

    1. Aww, thank you so much for your lovely feedback, Yuliya! Reading your comment absolutely made my day! I’m so happy to hear you all love them.

  2. Your timing couldn’t be better posting this recipe.We’re hosting a family dinner on Sunday and I was trying to look for something different to make with potatoes other than mashed or roasted all the time. Now I can’t wait til Sunday to try them based on the other people’s comments and how good they are. I’m thinking I’ll have to double the recipe for 9 people. It’s not too cold up here in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada but we’re done with winter hopefully and looking forward to the warmer weather coming too.

    1. Hi, Janet! So glad to hear you’re making this for your dinner! Hope they turned out good, and everyone enjoyed it. We’re having a fabulous weather here over the weekend, and it looks like it’ll continue into the week too! Yay!

  3. These look amazing! (Gorgeous photos!) 

    I think I actually have all of these ingredients right now… I will have to try making them for dinner! 

    Thanks for linking up to This is How We Roll linky party! 

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Shinee,

    I love potato patties and make them all the time but this recipe is exceptional – I usually make enough to reheat for another meal but the first batch never had a chance to cool down, I scarfed the lot!  The spring onions (which is what we call scallions in Australia) make a huge difference as does the slice of sharp cheese.  Thank you for a brilliant upgrade.


  5. These crispy potato pancakes look seriously tasty, Shinee! Love the oozy cheese in the middle and the ultra crispy outside! Like the idea of serving these with sour cream! Amazing flavour, excited to try the recipe! 😀