Instant Potato Pancakes


These potato pancakes with instant potatoes are crispy, crusty, and delicious. They are nothing more than cold instant mashed potatoes shaped into patties and browned in butter. A sprinkle of chives adds color and flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 cup cold water

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup dry potato flakes

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ cup sour cream for garnish


  1. Whisk together cold water, egg, and salt in a large bowl until salt has dissolved. Mix in dry potato flakes until incorporated. Stir in 1 tablespoon chives; season with black pepper and cayenne pepper.

  2. Divide potato mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into pancakes.

  3. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl the pan to combine.

  4. Place pancakes in the pan, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the bottoms are browned, about 10 minutes. Flip and flatten slightly. Cook until other sides are browned, 7 to 8 more minutes.

  5. Transfer pancakes to a serving plate. Top each with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with remaining chives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

135 Calories
11g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 346mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 144mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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