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Crispy Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Total time 20 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cakes)

Frozen shredded potatoes are a fast cook’s friend: the excess liquid that usually needs to be squeezed out of fresh spuds is already gone, and they don’t need to be thawed before cooking. The raw eggs may clump slightly when added to the frozen potatoes; this won’t affect the finished cakes. Serve the potato cakes for brunch with a simple fruit salad, or for lunch or dinner with mixed greens. You could even make mini cakes for an impressive appetizer. Save the dark green parts of the green onions for sprinkling over top. 


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. very thinly sliced green onions, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound shredded refrigerated or frozen potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 ounces cold-smoked salmon
  • 3 tablespoons light sour cream (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 283
  • fat 13.7 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 6.2 g
  • polyfat 3.3 g
  • protein 13 g
  • carbohydrate 27 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 112 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 574 mg
  • calcium 42 mg
  • sugars 1 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine 3 tablespoons green onions, salt, potatoes, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in flour.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Spoon 1/3 cup potato mixture loosely into a dry measuring cup. Add to pan; flatten slightly. Repeat procedure 3 times to form 4 cakes. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned and crisp. Place cakes on a platter. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining potato mixture until you have 8 cakes.

  3. Top cakes evenly with salmon, sour cream, if desired, and remaining 2 tablespoons green onions.