Placki ziemniaczane

William Newman
July 26, 2023

Placki ziemniaczane

Placki ziemniaczane, also known as Polish Potato Pancakes, have a long history in Polish cuisine. Potatoes were introduced to Poland in the 17th century, and they quickly became a staple in the Polish diet due to their versatility and abundance. Placki ziemniaczane were created as a way to make use of surplus potatoes, especially during the autumn harvest season. Originally a simple and frugal dish, the recipe involved grating potatoes and mixing them with flour, eggs, and seasonings. The mixture was then pan-fried until golden and crispy. Over time, Placki ziemniaczane gained popularity and became a beloved dish in Polish households, enjoyed for its comforting and delicious flavors. Today, these potato pancakes are cherished not only in Poland but also around the world as a traditional and delightful treat.

Ingredients for Placki ziemniaczane:

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sour cream or applesauce (optional, for serving)


  1. Place the grated potatoes in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess moisture.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated potatoes, chopped onion, eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create a smooth batter.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat a generous amount of vegetable oil over medium heat.
  4. Spoon a portion of the potato batter into the hot oil, spreading it to form individual pancakes. Fry the pancakes until they turn golden and crispy on both sides.
  5. Once cooked, transfer the Placki ziemniaczane to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  6. Repeat the process with the remaining potato batter, adding more oil to the pan as needed.
  7. Serve the Placki ziemniaczane hot, optionally with sour cream or applesauce on the side for a traditional Polish touch.

Enjoy the savory and comforting taste of Placki ziemniaczane, the beloved Polish Potato Pancakes with a history that spans centuries. Delight in these crispy treats, once a simple frugal dish made from surplus potatoes, now cherished around the world for their delicious flavors.