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Potato Cakes

These Potato Cakes are easy to make with pantry staples you have on hand, taste amazing, and are packed with spices like garlic and smoked paprika. Eggfree and vegan, they hold together perfectly. An easy meal for the whole family, and a staple that even kids will love from the first bite.

Stack of potato cakes on a blue plate.

Who doesn’t love potatoes? I cannot imagine any food that is more versatile in the kitchen.

Just look at some of my potato recipes like the Chickpea Lentil Shepherd’s Pie or the amazing Hot Potato Salad.

If you are looking for more vegan potato recipes, feel free to browse around and make each day delicious for you, your family and friends. My kitchen is always open for you, enjoy.

Closeup view of the golden fried potato cakes.

Why you should make my easy vegan Potato Cakes

Potato cakes like these will never disappoint you, and they are great as a main dish or even a side or appetizer.

What you get are delightful fresh savory cakes that are crispy, hold together, won’t break, are satisfying, packed with just the right flavors and texture in and out just as they should be.

Also, it’s definitely easy to pack them for office lunches, get togethers and even potlucks. A winning combo that nobody can get enough of.

Fresh chives are a great way to give extra fresh touch.

What’s in this seasoning mix:

The key to making these potato cakes taste great is the seasoning.

I use a mix of spices that include

  • garlic powder and minced garlic
  • onion powder and shredded onion
  • smoked paprika
  • nutritional yeast

Enjoy easy vegan potato cakes as main or side dish.

What you need for this Potato Cakes recipe

Next to the seasoning, of course there are a few more ingredients to get for this recipe.

But as always, I keep it really simple and only use what you anyway already have in your kitchen. This includes:

  • potatoes
  • seasoning mix
  • vegan mayo
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • oil for frying

They stay crisp and firm even when held in the hand.

How to make Potato Cakes

Shred the potatoes and the onion and set both aside. Use a grater or your food processor for this step.

In a bowl combine vegan mayo, seasoning mix (smoked paprika, shredded onions, onion powder, garlic powder, minced garlic), flour, and baking powder. Season everything with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Use a spatula or just your hands to form a dough.

Add the potatoes to the dough and mix well. The liquid from the potatoes should soften the dough and you get a well combined mix as in the pictures. If it is too dry, add a bit more vegan mayo.

Finally, heat oil in a pan and use 2 Tbs of the potato dough mix for one cake. Fry each side for around 3 minutes then flip, serve warm and devour. You will get about 15 potato cakes out of this.

Step by step illustration of how to make these easy vegan Potato Cakes.

Tips, tricks and variations to get the most out of these Potato Cakes

If your potatoes are a bit wet after shredding, try to dry them with a clean towel or just make sure you do not transfer the whole liquid into the mixing bowl.

It will depend on your size of pan how many potato cakes you can make at the same time.

A bigger pan leads to more cakes at the same time, makes these faster than a smaller pan. Keep in mind you can use 2 smaller pans to make them even faster to your convenience.

Finger food for parties!

Leftover mashed potatoes like from my Garlic Mashed Potatoes are also great for making mashed potato cakes.

Or make fried mashed potato balls with a creamy center in the middle and crispy on the outside. I would recommend to roll them in panko breadcrumbs, then fry, yum.

For more variation use sweet potatoes, I haven’t tried that myself yet, but I guess it is delicious.

These Potato Cakes are crispy, hold together, made with simple ingredients and so delicious. No one would ever taste these are entirely vegan, taste so much better than the real deal thanks to one secret ingredient that keep them eggless. #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegetarian #cxontentednesscooking #dinner #lunch #potaocakes #familymeals #kidsdinner #comfortfood #mealprep

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Cheers, Florian.

Fresh chives are a great way to give extra fresh touch.

Potato Cakes

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

These Potato Cakes are easy to make with pantry staples you have on hand, taste amazing, and are packed with spices like garlic and smoked paprika. Eggfree and vegan, they hold together perfectly. An easy meal for the whole family, and a staple that even kids will love from the first bite.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • mixed spices (I used 2 tbs garlic powder + 3 cloves of minced garlic,  2 Tbs onion powder + 1 shredded onion, 1 Tbs smoked paprika, 2 Tbs nutritional yeast)
  • 1 cup flour (use gf if needed)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • oil for frying (depends on your pan)
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Shred the potatoes and the onion and set both aside. Use a grater or your food processor for this step.
  2. In a bowl combine vegan mayo, seasoning mix (smoked paprika, shredded onions, onion powder, garlic powder, minced garlic), flour, and baking powder. Season everything with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Use a spatula or just your hands to form a dough.
  3. Add the potatoes to the dough and mix well. The liquid from the potatoes should soften the dough and you get a well combined mix as in the pictures. If it is too dry, add a bit more vegan mayo.
  4. Finally, heat oil in a pan and use 2 Tbs of the potato dough mix for one cake. Fry each side for around 3 minutes then flip, serve warm and devour.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 cake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 3.6gSaturated Fat: 0.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2.9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 20.3gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 2.3g

 

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Jenna

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Hi what’s on the top of them? The dipping sauce? Making them now and it looks amazing!

Florian

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Hi Jenna! It is vegan mayo, so good. Let me know how it goes.

Tom

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Hi Florian, is it possible to back this on a tray instead of frying them? Thanks

Florian

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

Hi Tom! I haven't tried that so I can't say for sure. But I would imagine that might work, just make sure to use a bit of oil on top when baking. Also keep an eye on it from time to time and flip If needed. Let me know how it goes.

Sharon Gotte

Saturday 19th of October 2019

Do you start with cooked or uncooked potatoes? Recipe leads me to think uncooked but surely the potato will not be fully cooked after only 5 minutes?

Florian

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Hi Sharon! You start with uncooked potatoes, which will be grated. Hope that clarifies.