Paleo Potato Pancakes

This recipe for paleo potato pancakes is inspired from a family recipe from growing up. We made it a big event and had a lot of fun eating them! This recipe is super simple and only has a few (three!) clean ingredients.

Ingredients for paleo potato pancakes

Of course, the main ingredients in paleo potato pancakes is none other than potatoes! Remember you don’t have to have everything organic for it to be paleo. Buy whatever you can.

I do recommend however, if you buy conventional, to peel the potatoes before grating them. Potatoes are frequently on the dirty dozen list sadly, so it’s best to peel them. But if you buy organic, it’s up to your personal preference to peel them or not.

Not sure what the dirty dozen is? Read about it in this post, and you’ll also learn what the clean fifteen is!

The flour used here is cassava flour. It’s my favorite grain free flour, and I usually buy it in bulk because it is the cheapest that way!

It’s the closest 1:1 substitute for regular all purpose flour. The taste is better in my opinion than almond or coconut flour too.

The third ingredient is an egg. Super simple, only three ingredients! Again, eggs don’t have to be cage free or pasture raised to be considered paleo. Buy what you can afford! Although, I try to buy them that way whenever financially possible, because conventional eggs come from chickens that are horribly mistreated and abused.

Chickens that are pasture raised have a much richer, more orangey egg yolk. The chicken is less stressed and free to roam and eat the foods it was designed to eat, not just a vegetarian feed filled with soy.

Paleo Potato Pancakes


  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 2 tbsp cassava flour
  • 1 egg


  • Grate the potatoes, peeling first is optional. Place in a bowl and drain.
  • Add flour and egg to the potatoes and mix.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place in oil or fat for frying.
  • Place a batch of pancakes in the skillet, and flip when the edges are starting to brown. Cook evenly, both sides should be light brown all around the edges and slightly in the middle.
  • When cooked, remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towel or cloth. Serve with toppings and enjoy!

Toppings and pairing recommendations

The way my family always topped these, and it’s traditionally topped like this, is with sour cream and salt. So delicious! I still use regular dairy sour cream. If you can’t tolerate dairy, try using Kite Hill sour cream. Check the ingredients to see if they’ll work for you!

Another traditional topping is applesauce. Just read your labels for no added sugar.

Some potato pancake recipes also include grated onions right in the mixture. Personally I don’t prefer them this way, but you could try it by grating a small-medium onion and adding it to the mix before frying them.

Want to have some protein with this meal? Serve them with kielbasa! A perfect, tasty Polish meal!

Throw in some frozen veggies and you’ve got a complete meal!

Other uses for cassava flour

Sometimes people don’t want to buy an entire bag of cassava flour not knowing what to do with the rest after they’ve made the one recipe they wanted to try with it. Here are a few suggestions!

These Paleo Chicken Tenders are coated with cassava flour. This flour is great for frying, as it doesn’t clump or fall off like some other paleo flours do.

All my baked goods use cassava flour. Check them all out here!

Where to buy potato pancakes

If you don’t want to make potato pancakes, you can buy them premade. The only downside is that, they probably will not be paleo.

Search out a Polish restaurant in your area, as they will be sure to have them! If you’re local to CT, check out Little Poland in New Britain! There is a large Polish population in New Britain, and the area has many Polish restaurants, markets, churches, and more.

You’ll also find Staropolska, my absolute favorite Polish restaurant. They serve amazing Polish food, including potato pancakes! I also love their pickle soup, cabbage rolls, kielbasa, and….well everything I had there was amazing!

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