Low Carb Main Dish Potato Pancakes

Low Carb Main Dish Potato Pancakes

fried potato pancakes Potato pancakes on a low carb diet? You bet. Very easy too. These pancakes are so versatile you’ll probably be dishing them up lots of different ways – more than we’re talking about here. If you love potato pancakes… that crispy edge and soft inside, here you go. Get your skillet out. Great to reheat in the oven too.

These pancakes can go mainstream and become the center of the meal of the day simply by adding whatever additional protein or veggies you might want to build an “all in one pancake dinner”. Kicks the lowly potato side dish up to a whole new level of enjoyment.

Potato pancakes normally aren’t “fluffy” but there’s a variation for an extra thick & fluffy version if you want. See the variations for other possible ideas. Use up leftover meat and veggies in a whole new pancake way.




  • 3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion or 2 tablespoons chives
  • 1/2 cup chopped ham or turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped, cooked sausage
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bacon


In a saucepan, heat water and butter to boiling and whisk in the dry mix, sour cream and 2 tablespoons of the flour. Remove from heat. Stir in the egg white and any optional “add ins”.

Heat medium or large skillet to med-high and coat with non-stick cooking spray or butter. Drop 6 mounds of pancakes and spread out to 5” wide (if using a large skillet, otherwise do 2 batches, 3 at a time). Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes on reverse side.
Remove pancakes and cover with foil. Repeat with remaining pancake mix, if needed. Serve warm, with sour cream or chopped green onion. Makes 6 pancakes, 3 net carbs per pancake.

*Add into mix chopped scallions.
*Add chopped broccoli or other chopped vegetables.
*Omit flour for a “softer crust pancake”.
*Spread pancakes out an additional inch in the skillet for “thinner” pancakes.
*For thick and fluffy pancakes, beat an egg white or two and lightly fold it into the mixed ingredients.
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