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A overhead photo of potato cakes served with smoked salmon. And garnished wish sour cream and chives.

Potato Cakes Recipe with Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream and Chives

Amazing, delicious and crispy potato cakes. The perfect appetizer for any occasion. Very easy and quick to prepare. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Irish inspiration
Keyword easy potato cakes, gluten free potato cakes, grated potato cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 potato cakes
Calories 246 kcal
Author Nicolas


  • 3 large floury potatoes (the russet potato or the maris piper are 2 good options)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour (or gluten free flour if your gluten free)
  • Canola oil for frying (or any other light flavoured oil)
  • 100 g sour cream
  • 1 handful of chopped chives
  • 50 g smoked salmon
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning


  1. Wash and grate the potatoes, then squeeze the grated potato over a sieve to strain out some of the liquid.

  2. Add grated potato, egg, flour, salt and pepper to a bowl, then mix it all together. 

  3. Pre-heat a frying pan over medium heat and then add about 1/2 a tablespoon of your oil. 

  4. Once the oil is nice and hot, add about 1½ - 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture and gently press/flatten into a patty like shape. Fry the potato cakes for about 5-10 minutes on each side until golden brown. Once they are done, transfer them onto kitchen paper to drain. 

  5. Next, quickly mix the chives and sour cream together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the potato cakes with your sour cream and chives mixture, and your smoked salmon. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Grating the potatoes to make potato cakes makes the process much quicker and easier.

  • Make sure you spend a minute squeezing the moisture out of the grated potato before you add your eggs and flour.

  • If you want to fry these potato cakes in butter, I recommend using some light oil that has a high smoke point with that butter so that it won't burn.

  • If you want your potato cakes to be gluten-free, just add gluten-free flour instead of regular flour.

Nutrition Facts
Potato Cakes Recipe with Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream and Chives
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.4g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 382mg17%
Potassium 787mg22%
Carbohydrates 31.8g11%
Fiber 4.2g18%
Sugar 2.1g2%
Protein 9.4g19%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.