Scallion Mashed Potato Pancakes


This recipe was created from our mound of leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving! It's so easy and delicious! Even my picky son that eats only 15 things had 5 pancakes! Drizzle a bit more sesame oil over the pancakes for that extra splash of flavor. Great as a side dish to anything, and another alternative to potato latkes!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
10 pancakes


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided

  • salt and ground white pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 large scallions, chopped

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, or as needed


  1. Mix mashed potatoes, flour, eggs, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, salt, and white pepper together in a medium mixing bowl. The mixture should be a little doughy, enough to form a ball in your palm.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Saute scallions in the hot oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Fold into the potato mixture until combined.

  3. Heat enough vegetable oil in the frying pan to cover by 1/4 inch and add a drizzle of remaining sesame oil.

  4. Form balls of potato mixture using a 1/4 cup measure and flatten into pancakes. Gently place into the hot oil in batches and cook until browned on both sides and somewhat firm, about 5 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess oil. Repeat with remaining mixture, adding more vegetable oil and sesame oil before frying each batch. Transfer to a platter and serve hot.

Cook's Notes:

You can use substitute the cooking oil of your choice for vegetable oil.

If your first batch is not holding together, add a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time, to the potato mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
9g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 173mg 4%

* 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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