potato cakes on a plate with a black fork

Mashed Potato Cakes

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

These crispy potato cakes can be served as appetizers, a side dish or the main course!



  • 2 pounds potatoes, Russet or Yukon gold
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup cream or whole milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • Breadcrumbs for coating the potato cakes
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying


  1. Peel and dice the potatoes, then place in a pot with cold water. Bring the pot to a boil and cook until tender, about 12 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Add the butter to the pot (the heat of the potatoes will melt the butter), once the butter is melted, use a potato masher to mash the potatoes.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, milk or cream, parmesan cheese and sour cream to the potatoes and stir together to combine. Taste for seasonings and adjust if needed. Now add 1 egg to the potatoes and stir to combine.
  4. Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat. You’ll want a shallow layer of oil to cover the bottom of the skillet. While the oil is heating up, form the mashed potatoes into cakes using about 1/2 cup per potato cake.*{See Note}
  5. Beat the remaining 2 eggs with a tablespoon of water, then add breadcrumbs to a shallow plate fro breading the potato cakes.
  6. Dip each potato cake into the egg wash, then coat in the breadcrumbs. Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and then place on a paper towel lined plate to drain any excess oil. Season the potato cakes with salt as soon as they come out of the skillet.
  7. Repeat with the remaining potato cakes. You can keep these potato cakes on a sheet pan in a 300 degree oven until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

You’ll need approximately 4 cups mashed potatoes if using leftover or store bought.

You can make these potato cakes as big or small as you like, depending on whether you’re serving them for appetizers, a side dish or dinner.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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