Quick Potato Cakes

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by | Updated: March 9th, 2022

Buttery, satisfying and super simple to make, these potato cakes are a hit at any meal. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these cakes’ secret is the use of potato flakes. That’s right! Bob’s Red Mill makes pure potato flakes with only one ingredient: russet potatoes. In this recipe, you’ll mix them into mashed potatoes, form cakes and fry in butter, oil or bacon fat. Top any way you like and enjoy as an entrée or a pota-totally fun side.

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Quick Potato Cakes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 206 kcal
Author Bob's Red Mill



  1. In large saucepan over high heat, bring water to boil. Add butter and salt and remove from heat; pour in cold milk and gently stir in potato flakes. Fluff with fork and let sit 2–3 minutes to thicken. Stir again and let cool to a temperature at which working with hands is comfortable.
  2. To saucepan, add 1 cup flour and mix with hands to form rough dough. On well-floured work surface, place dough and knead until sturdy; add more flour if needed.
  3. Separate dough into six equal portions; form patties (½-inch thickness, 4 inches in diameter). (Note: For squares cakes, pat dough to 6 x 9-inch rectangle, ½-inch thick. Cut six 3 x 3-inch cakes.)

  4. In skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter, bacon fat or oil. (Note: Use about 1 tablespoon per batch of cakes.) Fry cakes until well browned, about 8–10 minutes per side, working in batches if necessary. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts
Quick Potato Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 380mg16%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.