If you love your latkes crispy, I have two delicious options for you! This gluten free potato latkes recipe can be made two ways…fried in oil stovetop, or if you are cutting down on fats, fried in your air fryer! Grab some potatoes and get ready to have some fun making this classic Jewish side dish.
The star of this dish is the Idaho® russet potatoes. They are the perfect potato for frying! If you want to try more delicious side dish recipes, check out my gluten free side dish recipes.
The days are finally cooling off and the holidays are coming up quickly! I have been working extra hard to get ready with a few delicious new recipes that celebrate my family’s love for potatoes. We love potatoes in so many ways, in salads, soups, baked, fried, and with gooey cheese! Potatoes are the most versatile vegetable, and they are a big hit with my kids!
Idaho® potatoes are grown year-round, and their russet potatoes bake up fluffier, fry crispier, and mash beautifully. Idaho potatoes come in several varieties including:
- Red Potatoes
- Gold Potatoes
Today I am going to show you how to make latkes two ways. Have no fear because both ways are going to satisfy your love of crispy potatoes!
Gluten Free Air Fryer Latkes
Were you surprised when I said you could get crispy latkes in an air fryer? I have to be honest, my family was skeptical. Frying latkes in hot oil is a Jewish tradition that started all the way back in biblical times. Don’t get me wrong, oil-fried latkes taste amazing…it is just that my family is trying to be good and cut down on the fats.
I decided to do a cook-off of sorts and created both air-fried latkes and oil-fried latkes! What better way to experiment and see what we like?
The star seasonings in my homemade gluten free latkes are the herbs. Litehouse makes fresh freeze-dried herbs that taste like you are using fresh herbs! They make so many varieties, 18 in all! For this recipe, I used their freeze-dried garlic and parsley. I think I might get addicted to using their herbs because they are so easy to use!
Litehouse is family-owned, and you can find their seasonings and products in many grocery stores like Raley’s and Safeway.
Are you ready to make these yummy gluten free latkes from scratch?
How to shred potatoes:
Grab your Idaho® Russet Potatoes and wash them well until the water runs clear. Cut the potatoes in half. You can shred your potatoes in two ways.
- Use a grater and manually rub the potato over the grates until it gets close to your fingers. I always worry when it gets close to my fingers. If you use a vegetable mandolin, it has a handle to keep your fingers safe while grating!
- My favorite way to grate potatoes is to use a food processor. It will shred all of your potatoes in seconds!
How to make air fryer gluten free latkes from scratch:
Shred your potatoes using one of the methods I mentioned above.
Cooking Tip: After you shred your potatoes, take a clean dish towel or paper towels and squeeze out some of the moisture from the potatoes. If you don’t do this, your latke mixture will be very wet and it won’t bind as well when cooking.
Add the potato latke ingredients in a bowl. Add the Litehouse parsley and garlic, an egg, gluten free flour blend, and salt/pepper. Mix well.
I use a brush and brush oil on the bottom of the air fryer. You do not have to do this, but trust me when I say you need a little oil to improve the flavor of these latkes when cooked in an air fryer.
Add the potato mixture to the air fryer. You want air to circulate around each latke so don’t crowd them! Use the oil brush or spray oil and lightly coat the tops of the latkes with oil.
(Don’t use an oil like PAM…you want just oil without the additives.) Cook on 400F degrees for 8 minutes. Open the air fryer and use a spatula to flip the latkes over so the other side cooks.
Your gluten free latkes will get all crispy! Remove from the air fryer and repeat the process until they are all cooked.
How to cook gluten free potato latkes stovetop:
Heat your oil. (*Note, I do my frying outside on the side burner on our grill because I don’t like cleaning oil off my stove :-).) Use the same latke mixture and add to the hot oil.
How hot should the oil be for frying potato latkes?
You will want your oil to heat to 375F degrees to fry your latkes stovetop.
What oils are best for frying latkes?
It is very important to use oils that are good in high heat cooking. (Note, olive oil is not a good oil at high temperatures!) My favorite high heat oils are:
- Avocado oil
- Coconut oil (*This will impart a flavor in your latkes so try to find one that isn’t strongly flavored.)
Top your latkes with sour cream and applesauce if you want to be more traditional.
More air fryer potato latkes toppings to try:
- Dip into an Asian sauce like the sauce in this Lettuce Wrap recipe.
So which gluten free potato latkes did my family like best? That depends on who you ask. My kids definitely like the oil-fried gluten free latkes best, while Mr. Fearless Dining and I preferred the air fryer latkes. We definitely liked that the air fryer latkes were much healthier and had a lot less fat and calories!”
Make your Hanukkah celebration even better by making this easy Gluten Free Sufganiyot recipe too!
Want more potato recipes featuring Idaho® Potatoes?
- Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
- Funeral Potatoes with Hatch Chiles
- Mashed Potato Pie with Bacon Roses
- Sloppy Joe Pie
- Idaho Potato Bacon Wrapped Bowls
- 6 cups shredded russet potatoes
- 2 teaspoons parsley
- 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil
- Use a food processor to grate the potatoes.
- Dry the shredded potatoes with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to get the extra moisture out.
- Add all ingredients except the oil to a bowl and mix well.
- Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes to 400F degrees.
- Brush a little oil along the bottom of the air fryer basket.
- Add latke mixture onto the air fryer basket.
- Use a spoon to shape and flatten the mixture.
- Make sure to keep each latke separate so air can circulate around each latke.
- Cook in the air fryer 8 minutes then use a spatula to flip each and cook an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve hot with applesauce and sour cream.
For stovetop method: Heat oil to 375F degrees in a cast-iron skillet. Add potato mixture in small circles to the hot oil and fry for 5 minutes, flip the latkes to cook the other side.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 13mg Sodium: 170mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g