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Air Fryer Latkes

Crispy, golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside. These moreish, grease-free air fryer latkes can be served either as a starter or smaller canapés. 

Citrus Gin and Tonic Salmon on latkes with herbs on a grey plate

It’s no secret the air fryer has revolutionised the way we prepare food at home. By cutting cooking times and oil usage down, it’s the perfect way to cook these delicious latkes! 

The high fan speed and high heat in the air fryer allows for a crispy outside and soft centre. These air fryer snacks save you time in the kitchen, making them hard not to love. Whether you are eating them fresh or need to reheat them later, these air fryer latkes will keep you wanting more. 

Serve them with apple sauce and sour cream, sour cream and caviar, or smoked salmon, chives and sour cream. The options are limitless! If you can’t decide, give some of these recipes on our website a go.

If you try this air fryer latkes recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. See our Instagram recipe video here. Happy cooking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this gluten-free?

Sure thing, simply use gluten free breadcrumbs instead.

Can I make this vegan?

We have not tried this with vegan ingredients yet, so if you do give it a go make sure to share with us!


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Citrus Gin and Tonic Salmon on latkes with herbs on a grey plate

Air Fryer Latkes

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large latkes OR 8/9 canapés
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Crispy, golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside. These moreish, grease-free air fryer latkes can be served either as a starter (4 large latkes) or smaller (8-9) canapés.


  • 450g Potatoes
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 tsp Flaked sea salt
  • Pinch of fresh black pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 30g Butter
  • 15g / 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder


  1. Peel the potatoes and onion, then grate roughly on a box grater.
  2. Toss the onions and potatoes with 1 tsp salt and set aside for 2 minutes. Place the mixture in a clean cloth, then twist the ends together, and squeeze out the excess liquid into a bowl.
  3. Reserve the potato liquid, and allow it to settle for 5 minutes, then drain off and discard the watery top layer to reveal the starchy paste at the bottom. Reserve this for later.
  4. Add the squeezed potatoes and onions, panko, egg, butter, starchy potato liquid, and baking powder to a bowl. Mix everything until combined
  5. Form the latkes into balls, you can either make 4 larger ones or 8-9 smaller canapé sized ones. Using the flats of your hands squish the latke balls until 1cm thick, allowing the balls to smash and form scraggly edges. The scraggly imperfect edges will cook up deliciously crisp so don’t tidy them up!
  6. Oil the grate of your air fryer, then slide the latkes into the basket. Spritz with oil, then air fry at 190C for 14-18 minutes. Flip half way and spritz with more oil. Cook until a deep golden brown. All air fryers will run slightly differently, so you may need more or less time to achieve a perfectly crispy result in your model.
  7. Once cooked to a deep golden brown sprinkle over more salt if necessary.
  8. Serve immediately with your favourite toppings. We suggest sour cream and chives, applesauce and sour cream, or our delicious gin and tonic cured salmon (full recipe here).
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Quick and Easy
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Canapé


  • Calories: 158.12kcal
  • Sugar: 1.44g
  • Sodium: 1060.93mg
  • Fat: 7.22g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.95g
  • Protein: 3.84g
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