Fried Potato Cakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

Fried Potato Cakes are always a good idea and a wonderful way to use any leftover mashed potatoes. I know.. so many people say they never have any leftover but it you do.. try these delicious little treats. They are a wonderful appetizer or side dish!

Fried Potato Cakes Ingredients Needed:

Mashed Potatoes



Black Pepper

Garlic Powder

All Purpose Flour

Oil for frying

As you can see it doesn’t take much to make up these Fried Potato Cakes. Simple ingredients and easy to make. You can serve them with any kind of dipping sauce. Personally sour cream is our favorite and we add chives to the sour cream! I think Ranch Dressing or Honey Mustard is also a good addition.

“Love these! Momma always made these with leftover mashed potatoes….so good and worked as a side and “bread” at same time. Can’t beat down-home simple food made with love!” – Susie

“I am so happy to see this. I grew up in Nashville and my Mother always made potato cakes like this with leftover mashed potatoes. I live in the Midwest now and everyone thinks I am crazy!” – Mary

“I have lived in Indiana all of my life I can remember my parents making these out of left over mashed potatoes I loved them dearly. I haven’t had them for a long time but I have thought about making some this week end. Good simple down home food nothing better.” – Beverly

If you love these you will also love our Amish Onion Patties, they have wonderful reviews.

Full printable recipe in recipe card below.

Fried Potato Cakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

Fried Potato Cakes - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Fried Potato Cakes

Judy Yeager
Fried potato cakes are so easy and perfect for an appetizer or for breakfast. Great to make when you have leftover mashed potatoes.
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 patties


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion or several green onions chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper can use cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oil for frying


  • Mix all ingredients except the oil into the potatoes. Make into patties. Fry in hot oil until browned on both sides.


Can add chopped bacon or ham and shredded cheese.
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